Bibliography

 NOVELS 

  • Shanghai Boy, Random House (Auckland) 2006
  • Sheng Xian Qu Ji, Unitas (Taipei) 2005
  • Sheng Xian Qi Ji, Shanghai Yi-wen (Shanghai) 2002
  • Kaput! 1stBooks (Bloomington) 2001
  • Blue Blood, Penguin New Zealand (Auckland) 1997
  • Mum, Penguin New Zealand (Auckland) 1995
  • My History, I Think, Penguin New Zealand (Auckland) 1994
  • Gardens of Fire, Penguin New Zealand (Auckland) 1993
  • The Shining City, Penguin New Zealand (Auckland) 1991
  • The Siren Celia, Penguin New Zealand (Auckland) 1989
  • Oracles and Miracles, Penguin New Zealand (Auckland, New Zealand), 1987

HISTORIES 

  • People, People, People, David Bateman (Auckland) 2011
  • The Great Wrong War, Random House (Auckland) 2010
  • Diggers, Hatters and Whores, Random House (Auckland) 2008
  • Xin Xilan de Wenxue Lucheng, Unitas (Taipei), 2004
  • The Rich: a New Zealand History, Penguin (Auckland), 1996
  • New Zealand Working People, Dunmore (Palmerston North) 1990
  • Pleasures of the Flesh, Reed Methuen (Wellington) 1984
  • A New History of Canterbury, John McIndoe (Dunedin), 1982
  • A Southern Gentry, AH & AW Reed (Wellington), 1980, 1986

ESSAYS 

  • ‘Drawing-room stories’, review article, New Zealand Books, Autumn 2010.
  • ‘No left turn,’ review article, New Zealand Books, Oct 2008. 
  • Fiction and history reviews, New Zealand Herald, 2006-8.
  • ‘Dark Past,’ five essays about death and violence in colonial Christchurch, The Press, 2006
  • ‘Frontiers of marketing,’ review article, New Zealand Books, Mar 2006.
  • ‘A magic lantern show,’ review article, New Zealand Books, Aug 2005. 
  • ‘Lifting the lid of the national box,’ review article, New Zealand Books, Oct 2004.
  • ‘Heart of glass,’ The Listener, 28 Aug 2004.
  • ‘Kiwis and the literary classics,’ Ming Dao Literature and Arts, Taipei, May 2004.
  • ‘Heart of Glass,’ The Listener, 28 Aug 2004.
  • ‘The story of something,’ Ming Dao Literature and Arts, Taipei, Jul-Dec 2003.
  • ‘Speaking frankly of Frank and James K,’ review article, New Zealand Books, Aug 2003.
  • ‘Capitalists or cavaliers,’ review article, New Zealand Books, Oct 2002, Mar 2003.
  • ‘An island story,’ essays on New Zealand history and literature, Ming Dao Literature and Arts, (Taipei), Nov 2001-Jun 2002.
  • ‘Dead wood shall bud,’ essays on New Zealand history and literature, Ming Dao Literature and Arts, (Taipei), Sep 2002.
  • ‘No place for the flamboyant,’ review article, New Zealand Books, Jun 2001.
  • ‘Well-heeled walking wounded,’ review article, New Zealand Books, Jun 2000.
  • ‘Literary, literally,’ in Roger Robinson (ed), Writing Wellington, VUP, Wellington 1999.
  • ‘Literary tales of Christchurch,’ Tales Untold, South Island Art Projects, Christchurch 1996.
  • ‘The girls can’t get out,’ New Zealand Geographic, 21, pp 42-52, Jan/Mar 1994.
  • ‘Optical indulgence: selecting the decor for stories,’ Island Magazine, (Hobart), 62, pp 52-55, 1995.
  • ‘Landscape in the literature of Canterbury,’ Canterbury Landscape Study, Vol 2, Canterbury Regional Council, 1993.
  • ‘Oracles and miracles: working class novel, okay?’ Sites, 16, pp 111-120, Aut 1988.
  • ‘Un’Italia degli antipodi: Italy and colonial New Zealand,’ Il Mondo Della Luce: il Cinema della Nuova Zelanda, Torino 1989.
  • ‘A Bourgeois blue? Nationalism and Letters from the 1920s to the 1950s,’ Landfall, 41(3), pp 293-311, Sep 1987.
  • ‘Rude awakenings? Migrants in colonial New Zealand,’ Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists, Wellington, April 1987.
  • ‘A tale of two cities: the culture shock of a transplanted Cantabrian,’ Wellington City Magazine, pp 20-25, Jun 1986.
  • ‘Sexuality in the nineteenth century: New Zealand,’ New Zealand Sexologist, Dec 1984.
  • ‘The cradle of southern pastoralism’ and ‘The aristocracy of the plains,’ in Frances Porter (ed), Historic Buildings of New Zealand: South Island, Auckland 1983.
  • ‘“The beauty and fashion of the province”: women of the landed gentry of Canterbury 1880-1910,’ in L Richardson and W D McIntyre (eds), Provincial Perspectives, Christchurch 1980.
  • ‘Moral capitalism in the Hunter Valley 1880-1914,’ Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, Sep 1980.
  • ‘Longbeach: material life in the South Island countryside,’ Historical News, Oct 1979.
  • ‘Whatever happened to the gentry? The large landowners of Ashburton County, 1890-1896,’ New Zealand Journal of History, 11(1), pp 3-27, Apr 1977. 

SHORT STORIES 

  • ‘Yinyang,’ in Sonzogni, Marco (ed), Lost in Translation: New Zealand Stories, Vintage, Auckland 2010.
  • ‘Hallo Berlin,’ in Dies ist eine wahre Geschichte, DAAD/Berliner Künstlerprogramm/Goethe- Institut, Berlin/Wellington 2002.
  • ‘The shining city,’ excerpt from the novel; republished in Peter Wells and Rex Pilgrim (eds), Best Mates: Gay Writing in Aotearoa New Zealand, Auckland 1997.
  • ‘They will be there before they leave,’ Landfall, Jun 1990.
  • ‘A jazz age priestess meets the lady of hope,’ Landfall, Dec 1988.
  • ‘Puss in a poke,’ NZ Listener, 6 Oct 1979; republished in Lydia Weavers (ed), New Zealand Short Stories, Auckland 1984.
  • ‘Come into my arms, you bundle of charms,’ NZ Listener, 24 May 1980.
  • ‘Doing a bunk,’ Landfall, Mar 1980.
  • ‘Bird in flight,’ Skyway (Air New Zealand), Wellington, Nov 1979.
  • ‘All at sea,’ Islands, Apr 1979.
  • ‘When bawds and whores do churches build,’ NZ Listener, 2 Dec 1978; republished in M P Jackson and Vincent O'Sullivan (eds), The Oxford Anthology of New Zealand Writing Since 1945, Auckland 1983; Michael Gifkins (ed), Listener Short Stories, Wellington 1984, and in Anna Rogers (ed), Our City: Christchurch, Exisle Publishing, Auckland 2003.
  • ‘Suppressing one’s r,’ ‘Mr Chirr, my son,’ and ‘Fox paws,’ Islands, Nov 1978.
  • ‘In concert,’ NZ Listener, 25 Feb 1978.

OTHER WORKS

  • Choices of the Hand: a survey of works by New Zealand Jeweller Peter Deckers, First Edition (Wellington), 2006
  • Blackball Blues (memoir), Chinese-English bilingual text, translator Annie Shih, (Taiwan), 2001
  • Oracles and Miracles (radio play), 1989
  • Of Ivory Accents (novella), Exposition (New York), 1977