And it’s easy for liteal best sellers and award-winning authors, it’s easy to look out there into the wide world and forget what’s here, right around us.
Kiwi authors are among the world’s best, making names for themselves in literary programmes and awards world wide. But more importantly, they write what we know, the long, hot, dry summers of our youth, our unique social realism, the struggles throughout history of a developing multi-cultural society, the darker side to the back streets, but also the carefree, ‘sweet as’ orientation of us.
And so, us freerangers figured, while best to keep one eye out there on the wide world, let’s know more of the back story, of our back story. Let’s really discover how our literary scene is shaping and influencing, and being shaped and influenced by, international trends. Let’s share our NZ lit loves and discover material we were previously unaware of.
As a result, this year’s reading schedule is Kiwi Lit heavy. Classics from early last century through to new releases make the cut, though with the realisation of what’s been left out, the Ockham Book Awards shortlist may be compulsory reading! Keep up to date by checking out this year’s NZ titles here
In less cheery news, we say goodbye to our valued bookclubber Sophia who is moving out of town. She has been a stalwart of the freerangers and we will miss her dearly. Though I’d advise keeping an eye out for her under the Bookerthon tab 😉
The Heart Goes Last – Margaret Atwood
Owls Do Cry – Janet Frame
Genesis – Bernard Beckett
In A Fishbone Church – Catherine Chidgey
The Scarecrow – Hugh Morrieson
Wake – Elizabeth Knox
Rich Man Road – Anna Glamuzina
Infinite Air – Fiona Kidman
The Story of a New Zealand River – Jane Mander
The Godwits Fly – Robin Hyde
The Famished Road – Ben Okri
Book Book – Fiona Farrell