Category: Kiwi lit

The Wish Child – Catherine Chidgey

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS Two children watch as their parents become immersed in the puzzling mechanisms of power in 1939 Germany. ◉ “Personally, I love human stories set during the war. But sometimes you feel like you’re reading the same stuff over and…

The Name On The Door Is Not Mine – C K Stead

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS A collection of short stories including reworked pieces and new musings. ◉ “If a reader of this book wasn’t aware prior, it would be immediately apparent that C K Stead is a literary giant. “There is an effortlessness and sophistication…

Love As A Stranger – Owen Marshall

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS Middle-aged strangers meet in a graveyard and begin an affair which soon turns into an obsession. ◉ “I loved this book from the very first sentence. The deceptively simple storyline was strung out at such a perfect pace, the…

Billy Bird – Emma Neale

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS A boy who believes he is a bird is at the centre of an emotionally challenged family. ◉ “Billy Bird was a real grind for me. The day-to-day realities of sick pets, mental health issues, emotional pain, grief processing,…

As The Earth Turns Silver – Alison Wong

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo The story and struggles of two entwined settler families in early 20th-Century NZ, one English, the other Chinese. ◉ “As The Earth Turns Silver has all the hallmarks of a classic Kiwi novel, yet it focuses on a…

Book Book – Fiona Farrell

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Sonya As war is waged in the Middle East, a woman in New Zealand has her nose in a book – part fiction, part autobiography, Farrell documents her life’s history with reading. ➤ “I really enjoyed Fiona Farrell’s writing…

The Story Of A New Zealand River – Jane Mander

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel Alice Roland and her children join her colonial husband to live in isolation in Pukekaroro, a settlement on a NZ river abutting a native kauri forest. ➤ “In creating The Story Of A NZ River, Jane Mander has plucked a…