Category: Kiwi lit

A Villa At The Edge Of The Empire – Fiona Farrell

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS A book which examines the evolution of cities and of Christchurch in particular after its destructive earthquakes. ➤ “Prior to reading I thought this would be an important book to Cantabrians, but now I see this is a book relevant to… Continue Reading “A Villa At The Edge Of The Empire – Fiona Farrell”

Chappy – Patricia Grace

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS “Family secrets are unravelled in this book about a Japanese man and his Maori wife, set during WWII in rural Aotearoa.” ➤ “There is a wandering spirit about this book which transcends the family secret, but mimics the journeys… Continue Reading “Chappy – Patricia Grace”

The Back Of His Head – Patrick Evans

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS Trustees overseeing the estate of Kiwi Nobel laureate Raymond Lawrence discover more than they wanted to know while struggling to keep his affairs in order. ➤ “When I read the blurb for The Back of His Head by Patrick Evans I… Continue Reading “The Back Of His Head – Patrick Evans”

In A Fishbone Church – Catherine Chidgey

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Sonya Three generations of the Stilton family are affected by the truths in one man’s diaries of the 1950s.  ➤ “In a Fishbone Church was an extremely clever, thoughtful read. It felt real and believable in the sense it was a… Continue Reading “In A Fishbone Church – Catherine Chidgey”

Maori Boy – Witi Ihimaera

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS An honest, emotive work detailing not only Ihimaera’s childhood but also early life in rural New Zealand and Maori history. ➤ “Maori Boy gives not just a stunning insight into the early years of Witi Ihimaera’s life, but also historically captures the whanau dynamics and… Continue Reading “Maori Boy – Witi Ihimaera”

Maurice Gee: Life & Work – Rachel Barrowman

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS “Ten years in the writing, this biography sets out to reveal all the secrets of literary great Maurice Gee.” ➤ “I have read a lot of Maurice Gee’s work so was itching to read my autographed (yes, by the… Continue Reading “Maurice Gee: Life & Work – Rachel Barrowman”

Coming Rain – Stephen Daisley

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS Two lone companions take work shearing for a large farm, where the younger of them, Lew, falls in love with the farmer’s daughter, Clara. ➤ “My initial thoughts of Coming Rain were that it reminded me of John Steinbeck’s… Continue Reading “Coming Rain – Stephen Daisley”

The Invisible Mile – David Conventry

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS “The story of the 1928 Ravat-Wonder team from New Zealand and Australia who were the first English-speaking team to ride to Tour de France, with memories of WWI fresh in their minds.”   ➤ “The Invisible Mile was a hypnotic… Continue Reading “The Invisible Mile – David Conventry”

Genesis – Bernard Beckett

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Becks Anax sits a detailed exam for admittance to The Academy, the governing body of her dystopian society, only to learn things are not what they seem. ➤ “This book was pleasantly easy to read with a surprise ending… Continue Reading “Genesis – Bernard Beckett”

Owls Do Cry – Janet Frame

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo Owls Do Cry is the first novel of New Zealand’s beloved Janet Frame. Semi-autobiographical, it recounts the story of the Withers family, gently exploring mental health, poverty and loneliness. ➤ “I didn’t really enjoy large parts of this… Continue Reading “Owls Do Cry – Janet Frame”