About us

Founded in 2007 by Rachel & Suzy, The Free Range Bookclub began as an escape for new mums striving to upkeep intelligent conversation.

Though we were more than happy to talk literature with just the two of us, we did manage to enlist an additional member Nadine, solicited at the hairdressers no less – well done Suzy!

The first book on our schedule was Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre and with a little help from Google, we discussed the book’s construction, ideas and social impact long into the night.

And our nerdy bookclub was established!

We read a wide scope of work, including newly published novels from a variety of countries and cultures, re-reads of classics we already adore, occasional poetry and non-fiction, as well enlightening discoveries of titles previously unknown to us.

Some members also undertake the Man Booker shortlist and the NZ Book Awards shortlist each year. These both involve reading the shortlisted books in the weeks the judges have, meeting to discuss each contender and attempting to pick the winner before it’s announced. Sometimes we’re successful, sometimes not!

We’ve had a few changes of members but the ethos remains the same: literature-based evenings, nibbles, wine and great company. Our current bookclub members are Rachel, Jo, Becks, Sonya & Jodie. But Suzy still Bookerthons from afar!

We hope you enjoy looking over our interpretations of books old and new. We are not English masters, just lovers of fiction and our views on each month’s choice are rarely the same, but we enjoy the diversity this brings to our bookclub conversations.


2 thoughts on “About us

  1. Hi Guys,

    Would you be interested in reviewing my book, ‘The Māori Detective’? The story is set in Christchurch, in the immediate aftermath of the Feb. 2011 earthquakes.

    Brief synopsis: He’s lost his wife, his job, and his mana. So what now? A PI? He really couldn’t get used to it. Traipsing around after unfaithful wives and little old ladies’ lost dogs? Was this the future for Carlos Wallace? And what of the beautiful matakite? Wasn’t it a sin to fall in love with your cousin?

    Carlos has spent thirteen years living in Australia, eight of them as a serving officer with the New South Wales Police. But when he kills a man in the line of duty, Carlos’ life begins to unravel. His wife is subsequently murdered in mysterious circumstances, and Carlos is dismissed from the force. A devastated Carlos returns home to his Christchurch whānau and takes up a job as a private detective.

    When Carlos investigates the disappearance of a young French girl, missing since the February earthquake, the detective becomes embroiled in a sinister conspiracy. Carlos must solve the case, and pick up the pieces of his life among the ruins of a devastated city.

    The book is published by Lang Book Publishing and is officially launched on Dec. 19th.

    I can send you a PDF or alternative format.

    Cheers, David.


    1. Hi David, Thanks for your email and information on your book. We have a schedule set in advance and a pool from which we draw from when additions are required, so we’ll definitely add your book to that pool. Good luck with the launch!
      Regards, Rachel


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