Category: Contemporary fiction

Everything Under – Daisy Johnston

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A reunited mother and daughter delve into their troubled past. ➽ “First things first: this book has a beautiful cover. All publishers should put in this much effort! “Everything Under is a debut novel by a 27-year-old Brit. Knowing this and… Continue Reading “Everything Under – Daisy Johnston”

Milkman – Anna Burns

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A young woman is pursued by a renouncer terrorist in 1970s Northern Ireland. ➽ “The unnamed narrator in Milkman is the glue that holds the book together. She is the apolitical in a political novel, the every day logic amongst the… Continue Reading “Milkman – Anna Burns”

The Nine-Chambered Heart – Janice Pariat

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Sonya Nine characters recall their relationship with a young woman – the same woman – whom they have loved, or who has loved them. ➽ “The Nine Chambered Heart was my book, and I’m glad for the choice. The… Continue Reading “The Nine-Chambered Heart – Janice Pariat”

I Capture The Castle – Dodie Smith

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Recommended by Sophia A coming-of-age novel written as diary entries by a 1930s teenage girl living in poverty in an English castle. ➽ “What at first appears as a simple coming-of-age story is actually a cross-genre mediation on the history of… Continue Reading “I Capture The Castle – Dodie Smith”

Salt Picnic – Patrick Evans

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS Mimicking Janet Frame’s travels, a young woman arrives on the island of Ibiza in 1956 and falls into a relationship with an American photographer. ➽ “Patrick Evans is an accomplished writer and obviously has a lot of intelligent thoughts swirling around… Continue Reading “Salt Picnic – Patrick Evans”

The New Animals – Pip Adam

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS Current and last generation fashion designers compete for fame on the streets of Auckland.  ➽ “Ugh this book made me hate myself quite frankly, but once I moved past my self-loathing I was able to enjoy it in all… Continue Reading “The New Animals – Pip Adam”

Baby – Annaleese Jochems

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS In this debut novel, young lovers run away, stealing money to buy a boat but inciting disaster wherever they turn. ➽ “I think we are all capable of horrible acts, depending on circumstances and surely we all sometimes wonder… Continue Reading “Baby – Annaleese Jochems”

Sodden Downstream – Brannavan Gnanalingam

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS A refugee walks through a Wellington storm to get to work but must rely on the kindness of strangers to get there. ➽ “A journey or expedition is a staple in fictional themes, however here this is turned on… Continue Reading “Sodden Downstream – Brannavan Gnanalingam”

Elmet – Fiona Mozley

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A man, who lives in an isolated community with his son and daughter, uses bare-fist fighting as his currency.  ◉ “I was about three-quarters of the way through Elmet when I thought to myself, ‘there have only been about two things… Continue Reading “Elmet – Fiona Mozley”

Exit West – Mohsin Hamid

READ FOR BOOKERTHON In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young lovers hear whispers about doors that can whisk people far away, albeit perilously and for a price. ◉ “If I had to pigeonhole Exit West I would call it… Continue Reading “Exit West – Mohsin Hamid”