Category: Cultural

Kāwai: For Such A Time As This – Monty Soutar

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS ● In the opening pages a 19-year-old man walks onto his family Marae and asks the local koroua about his whanau’s history. The man’s answer is provided over the following 300-odd pages. He tells of Kaitanga, born 1734 into… Continue Reading “Kāwai: For Such A Time As This – Monty Soutar”

Potiki – Patricia Grace

Chosen by Suzy Potiki tells the story of land developers who have their eye on coastal Māori land for commercial development with no understanding of the community’s needs or of their strong connection to the land. The multi-narrator tale details the growing concerns of… Continue Reading “Potiki – Patricia Grace”

Kurangaituku – Whiti Hereaka

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS A contemporary retelling of traditional Māori folklore. ❝ Kurangaituku is the story of Hatupatu told from the perspective of Kurangaituku, the bird woman. The traditional story is told from the view of Hatupatu. He is out hunting and is captured by the bird… Continue Reading “Kurangaituku – Whiti Hereaka”

The Matriarch – Witi Ihimaera

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo A man studies his grandmother, the matriarch of the family, to discover the source of her power ❝ Tama Mahana is a grown man analysing the mystique and ambition of his grandmother, the matriarch of his family. But… Continue Reading “The Matriarch – Witi Ihimaera”

Lost Children Archive – Valeria Luiselli

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Becks A family’s road trip across America collides with an immigration crisis at the southwestern border. ✚ “Lost Children Archive is not purely about immigrants crossing borders. More, it reflects on the histories of immigrants that have been lost… Continue Reading “Lost Children Archive – Valeria Luiselli”

Pachinko – Min Jin Lee

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jodie The story of life for Koreans in Japan, told through four generations and eight decades. ➽ “I found Pachinko a deeply engrossing story about the burdens of a Korean family living as immigrants  in Japan during the 20th… Continue Reading “Pachinko – Min Jin Lee”

When I Hit You: Or A Portrait Of The Writer As A Young Wife – Meena Kandasamy

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel An unnamed narrator tells a story of domestic violence and modern marriage in India through the beauty of literature.” ➽ “Named for James Joyce’s debut novel, this book examines modern Inidan marriages and brutality in a way not done… Continue Reading “When I Hit You: Or A Portrait Of The Writer As A Young Wife – Meena Kandasamy”

East Of The West – Miroslav Penkov

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Becks ◉ “I was initially put off reading this book as I don’t particularly like short stories – they usually seem to be too short and I am often left wanting more. However this collection has me converted –… Continue Reading “East Of The West – Miroslav Penkov”

Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Becks Marco Polo describes the cities he visited on his expeditions to Kublai Khan, emperor of the Tartars. ◉ “A small strange little book that needs to be read slowly as if you have all the time in the world. Calvino packs… Continue Reading “Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino”

The Lives Of Others – Neel Mukherjee

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Set in 1966 Calcutta, the Ghosh family represents the nation as it battles an imploding business and family battles ✎ The Lives of Others is a big book in every sense of the word. It has many pages, many characters and… Continue Reading “The Lives Of Others – Neel Mukherjee”