Fiction

Want to browse the fiction shelves at UC Libraries?

Each library has a different collection of fiction.
The Central Library has the widest range of fiction, with historical and contemporary fiction from around the world. It is also has a detective fiction collection (formerly at the Law Library).
The Education Library houses young adult and junior fiction, as well as an array of picture books.
The EPS Library has a science fiction collection.
The Macmillan Brown Library has a collection of New Zealand and Pacific fiction which can be read only within the library, but also a small collection of borrowable fiction from Māori authors.

To find out how to browse our collections, select the relevant library from the dropdown menu.

Fiction at the Education Library

What: Picture books (PB), junior fiction (JFIC), young adult books (YFIC).
Where: Level 1
Browsing:
The Education Library's fiction books are organised by the author's last name. So, if you are looking for J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, you'll find them under ROW in the JFIC collection.

Fiction at the EPS Library

What: Science Fiction
Where: Level 2
Browsing:
The EPS Library's fiction books are organised by the author's last name. So if you are looking for Arthur Clarke's books, you'll find them under CLA in the Science Fiction collection.

Fiction at the Central Library

What: Contemporary and classic fiction from a range of countries
Where: Level 4 of the Puaka-James Hight building
Browsing:
The Central Library's fiction books are organised according to the Library of Congress classification. Books are assigned a call number based on the author's nationality. Below are the call ranges for a variety of nations' fiction. By going to the shelving for these ranges on Level 4, you will be able to browse the shelves.

Russian Fiction

PG 3475-3505

Japanese Fiction

PL 752-889

Chinese Fiction

PL 2450-3208

French Fiction

PQ 2600-2726

Spanish Fiction

PQ 6600-6726

British Fiction

PR 6000-6126

Canadian Fiction

PR 9100-9299

Australian Fiction

PR 9400-9499

New Zealand Fiction

PR 9500-9599

South African Fiction

PR 9805-39824.3

American Fiction

PS 3500-3626

German Fiction

PT 2600-2728


This list is by no means exhaustive! If you wish to browse another nation's literature, ask for assistance at the Information Desk.

What: Detective Fiction
Where: Level 4
Browsing:
The Detective Fiction Collection books are organised by the author's last name. So if you are looking for Lee Child's books, you'll find them under CHI in the Detective Fiction collection.

Fiction at the Macmillan Brown Library

What: New Zealand and Pacific Fiction
Where: Aotearoa Room or Library Use Only Collection
Browsing:
There is a small collection of fiction by Māori authors (eg. Witi Ihimaera, Patricia Grace, Hone Tuwhare) in the Aotearoa Room available for lending. The rest of the fiction in the Macmillan Brown Library is for library use only. Please note that this collection is not accessible for browsing. To access these items, please request specific items through the catalogue and visit the service desk to access them.

e-Fiction

The Library has a small but growing collection of fiction e-books. The best way to find these is by using MultiSearch and limiting your search to items available online. Library staff at the Information Desks of any of the UC Libraries can assist you with with such searches.

For more information about accessing e-books, see Finding and using e-books

Selected Titles - New Fiction

Home again, home again
By Nadine Christian

"Home for Tina means family, Pitcairn Island and a job as an aircraft engineer. She's not looking for love, so when pilot Blane Solis sweeps her off her feet, she is soon flying into the heady slipstream of romance ... but, is he the one for her? Tina's childhood sweetheart, Connor Brown doesn't think so. What dark secret is Blane hiding, and why is he hell bent on ensuring Tina doesn't find out? Can Tina ever forgive Connor for what he did so many years ago? One heart. Two men. A shattered past and an unsure future ... with love on the line."--Back cover.

The road to winter
By Mark,1957- Smith

Since a deadly virus and the violence that followed wiped out his parents and most of his community, Finn has lived alone on the rugged coast with only his loyal dog Rowdy for company. He has stayed alive for two winters-hunting and fishing and trading food, and keeping out of sight of the Wilders, an armed and dangerous gang that controls the north, led by a ruthless man named Ramage. But Finn's isolation is shattered when a girl runs onto the beach. Rose is a Siley-an asylum seeker-and she has escaped from Ramage, who had enslaved her and her younger sister, Kas. Rose is desperate, sick, and needs Finn's help. Kas is still missing somewhere out in the bush. And Ramage wants the girls back-at any cost.

The ghost stories of Edith Wharton
By Edith,1862-1937 Wharton

Quintal's return
By Nadine Christian

"A new job, a new love...and someone out for revenge. Hotelier Kate Quintal and her sister Jen are hired to run a new luxury hotel on Pitcairn Island. Anticipating only the hard work that running the new facility would entail, a burgeoning romance with the burly and handsome Bryce Brown is the last thing she expected. With a new love and the success of the island's new tourism endeavor, life seems sweet. So, why are things suddenly falling apart? Who is trying to sabotage the hotel, and why? Kate finds herself fighting, not only for her job, or her heart...but her life"--Back cover.

Water for elephants :a novel
By Sara Gruen

The ballad of a broken nose
By Arne,1967- Svingen

Immersing himself in his love for opera in order to cope with a difficult life, shy and bullied Bart embraces an optimistic outlook and bonds with an outgoing girl who encourages him to perform in a school talent show.

Obsession
By Elspeth Sandys

"Obsession is a literary mystery tale, the story of an obsessive love affair, and the repercussions long after the affair has ended. The two people at the heart of the story are writers. The third person in the triangle is a celebrated poet of Dalmatian extraction. It recreates the era in an atmosphere charged with New Zealand's 1980s culture, set on an island where the dense bush forms a metaphor for the difficulties of a struggling writer striving to raise her head above the dominating reputation of her lover"--www.upstartpress.co.nz

Through the lonesome dark
By Paddy Richardson

Blackball, West Coast, pre- World War I. Three youngsters; Pansy, Clem and Otto. Life had an idyllic surface with a far from idyllic underside for youngsters in this mining town. As a World War approaches, the harsh realities become apparent - just because you are smart and motivated there is no certainty that you can advance yourself in this world, especially if you are a girl. With a light hand on a dark time in history, Paddy Richardson navigates the territory between "Denniston Rose" and "Birdsong" with great skill. Characters you want to cry for battle on against themselves, family, society and world events.

Five strings
By Apirana Taylor

"Mack is a larger-than-life street philosopher and Puti's a former gang member looking for something more. Together, they're at the bottom of the heap. They live out their lives in a haze of smoke and alcohol, accompanied by a host of other characters scraping by on the fringes of society. Will any of them be redeemed?"

Lifting
By Damien,1963- Wilkins

"Amy is a store detective at Cutty's, the oldest and grandest department store in the country. She's good at her job. She can read people and catch them. But Cutty's is closing down. Amy has a young baby, an ailing mother and a large mortgage. She also has a past as an activist. Lifting opens in a police interview room, with Amy narrating the weeks leading up to the chaotic close of Cutty's, a time when the store moves from permanent feature to ruin and when people under stress do strange things. An intense exploration of the moment when the solid ground of a life is taken away, this compelling, swiftly told novel shows how unerringly and vividly Damien Wilkins traces the stress fractures of contemporary lives"--Back cover.