Category: Kiwi lit

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…