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POSTAGE DELAYS FOR ALL ORDERS TO CHINA Kia Ora to our customers in China,

We just wanted to give an update on the current postage situation. As of the 17th of February, New Zealand Post has temporarily ceased ALL outgoing deliveries to Chinese addresses.
For mail sent before the 17th of February, please expect severe delays. This is due to the extensive logistical and operational challenges faced internationally around the Covid-19 health crisis.

We send our warmest thoughts to you all and hope this crisis passes soon.

Nga Mihi

Everyone at Hard to Find Books

Blind Date a Book this Valentines Day - 13th Feb 2020

Blind Date a Book this Valentines Day Valentines Day is just around the corner, so we thought we would set you up on a blind date!

Come in store to meet your match!

First edition Friday: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - 8th Feb 2020

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

To Kill a Mockingbird is widely regarded as one of the most important pieces of literature to come out of the American South, hence why it is a mandatory text in most high schools. The book is based on true events, true people and true experiences that author Harper Lee witnessed as a child. It won the Pulitizer Prize for Literature in 1961, was in the bestsellers list for 88 weeks straight and continues to sell around 1 million copies each year, even 60 years later.
This is a first edition copy of To Kill a Mockingbird in lovely condition! It is rare to find a copy with a such a vibrant dust wrapper!
It is available on our website for NZ$850.00

This just in - War, Weapons, Boats and Planes! - 6th Feb 2020

This week has been a busy one here at Hard to Find Books and our online catalogue has continued to steadily grow as our hard-working staff have been inputting hundreds of books as the days have gone by! 

It has been particularly beneficial for those lovers of all things war, weapons, boats and planes as we have had quite a few added to our database. 

Have a look through our website and we are sure you will find something you like!


First Edition Friday: The Bone People by Keri Hulme - 3rd Feb 2020

"Oh all the world is a little queer, except thee and me, and sometimes, I wonder about thee. "

This is the number one book I recommend to people when they come into the store. It is eloquent, it is captivating and it is dreamlike.
The Bone People was rejected by many big publishing houses when it was written - it ended up getting picked up by Spiral, a small feminist collective in Christchurch.
It won the Booker Prize in 1984, the Pegasus Prize for Literature in 1985 and continues to be revered as a work of literary art all throughout New Zealand.
We have FOUR first edition first issue copies of The Bone People. They range in condition and therefore price, but you can pick up a copy for between $120 and $325NZD.
More information is available by searching our catalogue.

This just in! - 30th Jan 2020

Did you know that we update our online catalogue with new books every day!?
Here are just some of the titles we have added this week!


20 BOOKS IN 2020 READING CHALLENGE! - 28th Dec 2019

20 BOOKS IN 2020 READING CHALLENGE! We want you to read 20 books with us in 2020!
All you need to do is read 20 books that correspond with each of the categories listed below and in the picture. Easy right?

We want you to read:

  1. A lesser known book by your favourite author
  2. A book being adapted for screen this year
  3. A book by an author from your home town
  4. A banned book
  5. A book over 500 pages
  6. A popular science book 
  7. A book set in a war (other than WWI or II)
  8. A book originally published in a foreign language
  9. A history book
  10. A graphic novel/comic
  11. A book written by a person of a different gender
  12. A classic
  13. A book you pick with your eyes closed
  14. A book published the year you were born
  15. A book of short stories
  16. A book of poetry
  17. A book recommended by your local bookshop
  18. That book on your shelf you have been meaning to read
  19. A biography/memoir
  20. A book that won an award
Reading challenges like this are a great way to expand your reading horizons and open your mind to books and genres that you may never have known you would enjoy.
The staff here at Hard to Find Books will be doing the challenge with you and posting our results as we go, as well as some bookspiration for each topic.

When you finish a book, don't forget to celebrate by posting it on social media with #20booksin2020 and let us celebrate with you!

If you're short on books or need inspiration, have a browse through our website.
We have over 140,000 books online and more added daily.
Let's get reading!

First Edition Ngaio Marsh - 29th Nov 2019

First Edition Ngaio Marsh First Edition Friday presents: Ngaio Marsh!

"It is a curious thing that when one speaks from the heart, it is invariably in the worst of taste"
- from 'Death in a White Tie'

We have so many first edition Ngaio Marsh books here at Hard to Find Books! At least two of our staff are reading this wonderful New Zealand writer at the moment, and we even have a larger than life picture of her (looking extremely cool) overlooking our workspace...

We also have a great range of her paperbacks: ideal for summer reading.

Pictured are:
Dead Water 1964 SIGNED $175
Spinsters in Jeopardy 1954 $60
Off With His Head 1957 $60
When in Rome SIGNED 1970 $318.75
Death at the Dolphin 1967 $12
Death and the Dancing Footman 1941 $285
Hand in Glove 1962 $15.30

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