What a year in Kiwi new releases lining the bookshelves and winning important accolades. To name just a few; Emily Perkin’s The Forrests, Paula Morris’ Rangatira, Charlotte Grimshaw’s Cool, C K Stead’s Risk and even a posthumous collection of stories by Janet Frame.
It’s no wonder then that Australian publisher Text Publishing has begun reviving lost New Zealand and Australian classics, much to the delight of literary readers Down Under. Classics we love and others we’ve never heard of are now easily accessible.
As we pondered out growing TBR piles, we headed to the Jester Cafe in the Tasman countryside to sit in the sun all day, eat organic delicacies, order refills and talk literature.
Our reading list in 2012 has provided us with much to agree upon. Some years our highlights and low-points are varied, but this year we managed to put together a list of books and poetry that were likeable and meaningful to us all. With the exception of one book, but we all agreed on the unlikeable nature of that too!
Book of the year:
Rachel: Slaughterhouse Five
Suzy: The Parihaka Woman
Sophia: Slaughterhouse Five
Rachel: Of Mice & Men
Suzy: The Bell
Sophia: Under The Net
Rachel: Rain by Hone Tuwhare
Suzy: Rain by Hone Tuwhare
Sophia: Rain by Hone Tuwhare
Least liked character:
Rachel: Henry Miller (usually love an anti-hero, but this guy is in a league of his own!)
Suzy: Piharo from The Paihaka Woman