Category: Kiwi lit

The Harp In The South – Ruth Park

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Sophia The portrayal of an Irish-Australian family living in the slums of Surrey Hills in the ’40s. Ruth Park is a New Zealand-born Australian. ❍ “The Harp of The South was a bit of an average read for me.  It did make… Continue Reading “The Harp In The South – Ruth Park”

Sydney Bridge Upside Down – David Ballentyne

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Sophia A dark story set in the sleepy coastal town of Calliope Bay where the children play in the abandoned slaughterhouse and welcome the allure of their city cousin. ❍ “Many of us were required to read New Zealand fiction… Continue Reading “Sydney Bridge Upside Down – David Ballentyne”

Holy Days – Joy Cowley

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy A motherless boy seeks solace in an old convent and the three nuns who reside there. ✎ “A gentle and lovely book, tinged with sadness and hard family realities.  Paired with Navigator, Joy Cowley’s memoir, Holy Days is an… Continue Reading “Holy Days – Joy Cowley”

Under The Mountain – Maurice Gee

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy A 1979 children’s book that sees twins Rachel and Theo Matheson travel beneath Auckland’s extinct volcanoes to prevent the destruction of the world. ✎ “One of the best children’s books ever.  The joy of such recognisable landmarks when I… Continue Reading “Under The Mountain – Maurice Gee”

The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A murder mystery set in the Hokitika goldfields in 1866. An 832-page book built on a foundation of astrological beliefs. ❖ “Where to start! The structure of this epic story is so complex yet the plot is so (seemingly) simple, I can’t begin to imagine the intellectual… Continue Reading “The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton”

Angel’s Cut – Elizabeth Knox

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy The sequel to The Vintner’s Luck in which the angel Xas settles in Hollywood 1929 and becomes involved in the seductive movie industry. © “I was bewildered by this book after the beautiful setting of The Vintner’s Luck, which… Continue Reading “Angel’s Cut – Elizabeth Knox”

The Parihaka Woman – Witi Ihimaera

READ FOR BOOKCLUB A fictionalised account of the atrocities that occurred in Parihaka, Taranaki during the 1870s and one woman’s fight to save her husband. © “I am always gobsmacked that the Parihaka story does not have more recognition in NZ.  It is uplifting and devastating… Continue Reading “The Parihaka Woman – Witi Ihimaera”

Rangatira – Paula Morris

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy The fictionalised true story of Paratene Te Manu’s journey to London in 1863 to meet with English royalty and gentry, and the disintegration of the visit into poverty, mistrust and humiliation. © “I love good historical fiction and this… Continue Reading “Rangatira – Paula Morris”

In A German Pension – Katherine Mansfield

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel A young woman observes the absurd and grotesque while staying in a German pension. A short story collection from the Modernist era. ✔ “Very much a book of character studies, with short stories all featuring the same protagonist, a young Englishwoman… Continue Reading “In A German Pension – Katherine Mansfield”

Where We Once Belonged – Sia Figel

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy This Commonwealth Prize winner follows the traditional Samoan storytelling form of su’ifefiloi (linked vignettes) as it tells the coming-of-age story of 13-year-old Alofa Filiga. ✔ “Oooh spooky, when I started typing this up Sia’s Chandelier came up on Spotify. … Continue Reading “Where We Once Belonged – Sia Figel”