Category: Literary fiction

A Passage North – Anuk Arudpragasam

READ FOR BOOKERTHON ⫸ “I am in NO position to be saying the things I’m about to say as, well, it’s not like I have had a book shortlisted for the Booker Prize: I really like books that have interwoven fiction and non-fiction –… Continue Reading “A Passage North – Anuk Arudpragasam”

No One Is Talking About This – Patricia Lockwood

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A woman with new online prominence grapples with the reality of the cyber world and real life ⫸ “The internet, referred to as ‘the portal’, is given a life of itself in this novel, a place where the unnamed protagonist is… Continue Reading “No One Is Talking About This – Patricia Lockwood”

Blue Ticket – Sophie MackIntosh

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo A woman granted a blue ticket and therefore a childless life, takes matters into her own hands. ⫸ “Set in a dystopian future, all women, on the first day of their menstruation, are allocated a future at random:… Continue Reading “Blue Ticket – Sophie MackIntosh”

Summerwater – Sarah Moss

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Twelve groups of people holiday on a Scottish loch, unaware of the tragedy that is about to unfold. Chosen by Jo “Apt for a loch setting, there is dark and mysterious element at work in Summerwater. Its title is a reference… Continue Reading “Summerwater – Sarah Moss”

The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jodie A successful young woman’s life spirals into a depressive breakdown. ⫸ “Esther Greenwood’s story is remarkably similar to Sylvia Plath’s own life and struggles and is considered autobiographical fiction, despite being written under a pseudonym. “Esther is an… Continue Reading “The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath”

2021 NZ Book Awards

Suzy: “All four books seemed completely deserving of their place on the shortlist. While I would have thought the judges may have leaned more towards Nothing to See I am not mad at all about Bug Week winning. There are flashes from the various Bug Week stories that still sit… Continue Reading “2021 NZ Book Awards”

Remote Sympathy – Catherine Chidgey

Read for NZ Book Awards An inmate at Buchenwald concentration camp aids the commandant who is trying to save his wife’s life ⫸ “Remote Sympathy tells the stories of several people and families who all have one thing in common: the Buchenwald concentration camp… Continue Reading “Remote Sympathy – Catherine Chidgey”

Sprigs – Brannavan Gnanalingam

Read for NZ Book Awards A brutal story of rugby, rape and toxic masculinity. ⫸ “After a Wellington School’s revered rugby final, a 15-year-old year is gang raped at the after party. “However there is much more to Sprigs than that. Gnanalingam then goes… Continue Reading “Sprigs – Brannavan Gnanalingam”

The Harpy – Megan Hunter

Chosen by Rachel A wife is permitted to hurt her husband three times after his affair is discovered. ⫸ “In Greek mythology a harpy is a half bird-half woman. As a bird of prey it has wide wings and sharp talons, yet the face… Continue Reading “The Harpy – Megan Hunter”

Bina: A Novel In Warnings – Anakana Schofield

Chosen by Jo A disillusioned woman in her 70s writes on the back of envelopes about her life, dedicating her story to all the women who have had enough. ⫸ “Anakana Schofield was quoted as saying literature does not exist only to provide pleasure.… Continue Reading “Bina: A Novel In Warnings – Anakana Schofield”