Category: Kiwi lit

The Hut Builder – Laurence Fearnley

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo Set in NZ’s deep south, a man at sorts with life finds himself on a mountain with Sir Ed Hillary. 2011 NZ Book Awards winner. ◉ “Getting to know Boden Black is a slow process – he turns…

Blindsight – Maurice Gee

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo The lives of Alice Ferry, a retired Wellington scientist, and her brother Gordon take divergent paths. ◉ “Gee gradually unravels this story building the tension effortlessly as we learn about the siblings’ history, start to understand the nature…

Into The River – Ted Dawe

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Sonya An East Coast Maori boy wins a scholarship to an Auckland College where his ancestral beliefs collide with his private school education. ◉ “I had no idea that Into The River was a banned book when I chose…

2017 NZ Book Awards

Three of the shortlisted fiction books could take out the Ockham’s top prize in 2017. (Wish there’d been time to read shortlisters from the other categories too, but alas.) With literary giants like Stead and Marshall at the helm of this section and powerhouse Chidgey snapping at their…

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…