Category: Kiwi lit

2021 NZ Book Awards

Suzy: “All four books seemed completely deserving of their place on the shortlist. While I would have thought the judges may have leaned more towards Nothing to See I am not mad at all about Bug Week winning. There are flashes from the various Bug Week stories that still sit… Continue Reading “2021 NZ Book Awards”

Remote Sympathy – Catherine Chidgey

Read for NZ Book Awards An inmate at Buchenwald concentration camp aids the commandant who is trying to save his wife’s life ⫸ “Remote Sympathy tells the stories of several people and families who all have one thing in common: the Buchenwald concentration camp… Continue Reading “Remote Sympathy – Catherine Chidgey”

Bug Week And Other Stories – Airini Beautrais

Read for NZ Book Awards From 1960s Wellington to post-Communist Germany, Bug Week traverses the weird, the wry and the grotesque. ⫸ “Bug Week is a collection of short stories set predominately in Wellington, offering weird and wonderful fragments of people’s lives. “There are bug… Continue Reading “Bug Week And Other Stories – Airini Beautrais”

Sprigs – Brannavan Gnanalingam

Read for NZ Book Awards A brutal story of rugby, rape and toxic masculinity. ⫸ “After a Wellington School’s revered rugby final, a 15-year-old year is gang raped at the after party. “However there is much more to Sprigs than that. Gnanalingam then goes… Continue Reading “Sprigs – Brannavan Gnanalingam”

Driving To Treblinka – Diana Wichtel

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Sonya A New Zealand woman traces her father’s World War II history and discovers a heartbreaking truth. ✚ “Driving To Treblinka is a memoir by New Zealand journalist Diana Wichtel. In it she seeks to redeem the past, a… Continue Reading “Driving To Treblinka – Diana Wichtel”

2020 NZ Book Awards

Internationality, borders and sentimentality over the comforts of home have been under the microscope lately with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. When disaster strikes it’s in one’s nature to analyse what home really means, what it comprises and the emotions it stirs up.… Continue Reading “2020 NZ Book Awards”

Auē – Becky Manawatu

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS Auē is about the struggles to escape a life of violence  ✚ “A young man called Tauriki decides to undertake a quest to locate his birth mother. Responsible for his orphaned half brother Ārama, he entrusts the boy’s care to an… Continue Reading “Auē – Becky Manawatu”

Pearly Gates – Owen Marshall

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS The mayor of a small NZ town recalls his successes and failures in the lead up to an election and school reunion. ✚ “Pearly was such a recognisable character it was disarming. We all know a Pearly – a… Continue Reading “Pearly Gates – Owen Marshall”

A Mistake – Carl Shuker

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS A surgeon is investigated after the death of a patient. ✚ “I have to preface this by saying it’s been at least six months since I read A Mistake. I bought it after reading numerous positive reviews. I remember the… Continue Reading “A Mistake – Carl Shuker”

2019 NZ Book Awards

The past few years have been an interesting time globally as opinions around nationalism and free-speech have become hot topics. Yet, is it new? Or is history simply repeating itself in a more raw, no-holds-barred medium? Perhaps we can look back on history and… Continue Reading “2019 NZ Book Awards”