Category: Kiwi lit

The Cage – Lloyd Jones

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS 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 to write the…

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…

Five Sons & A Hundred Muri of Rice – Sharyn Steel

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jodie The true life story of Kharika Devkota, a five-year-old bride in rural Nepal. ➽ “Five Sons and a Muri of Rice gives the reader a real glimpse into the lives rural Nepalise woman lead. The story spans the life of…

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…

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…

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…

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…