Category: Kiwi lit

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…

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…

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…

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. …

The Vintner’s Luck – Elizabeth Knox

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Nadine The unorthodox story of a French winemaker and his homosexual love affair with an angel.  ❚ “This is not just a phenomenal love story, it is a beautiful work of art, totally outside of the square and completely riveting. Despite it’s far-fetched plot, it…

The Sound of Butterflies – Rachael King

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel Young lepidopterist Thomas Edgar arrives home from a collecting expedition in the Amazon in an emaciated state and unable to speak. ♥ “A sensory book in which every person, action and location is well captured. A fascinating setting and exciting string of…

The Bone People – Keri Hulme

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy A New Zealand book which won the Man Booker Prize in 1985. It is an unusual love story, depicting a utopian unity between Maori and Western culture. ⚈ “I felt uncomfortable for most of the time I was reading…