Month: April 2019

All This By Chance – Vincent O’Sullivan

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS All This by Chance is a moving multigenerational family saga about the legacy of the Holocaust and the burden of secrets never shared ⚑ “I was all in for I would say three-quarters of this novel but then as…

The Cage – Lloyd Jones

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS The Cage is a profound and unsettling novel about humanity and dignity and the ease with which we’re able to justify brutality. ⚑ “It’s like Lloyd Jones got in my head and seeing my worst fears was then inspired…

This Mortal Boy – Fiona Kidman

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS The re-creation of one of the last executions in New Zealand leading to the abolition of capital punishment. ⚑ “Poor Albert Black. I appreciated the way this novel explored the impact on everyone involved in his trial and sentencing…

The Orphan Master’s Son – Adam Johnston

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel A portrait of a world hidden from view: North Korea, rife with hunger, corruption, and casual cruelty but also camaraderie, stolen moments of beauty, and love. ⚑ “The Orphan Master’s Son reminded me of Nineteen Eighty Four, but…