Category: NZ Book Awards

The Wish Child – Catherine Chidgey

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS Two children watch as their parents become immersed in the puzzling mechanisms of power in 1939 Germany. ◉ “Personally, I love human stories set during the war. But sometimes you feel like you’re reading the same stuff over and… Continue Reading “The Wish Child – Catherine Chidgey”

The Name On The Door Is Not Mine – C K Stead

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS A collection of short stories including reworked pieces and new musings. ◉ “If a reader of this book wasn’t aware prior, it would be immediately apparent that C K Stead is a literary giant. “There is an effortlessness and sophistication… Continue Reading “The Name On The Door Is Not Mine – C K Stead”

Love As A Stranger – Owen Marshall

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS Middle-aged strangers meet in a graveyard and begin an affair which soon turns into an obsession. ◉ “I loved this book from the very first sentence. The deceptively simple storyline was strung out at such a perfect pace, the… Continue Reading “Love As A Stranger – Owen Marshall”

Billy Bird – Emma Neale

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS A boy who believes he is a bird is at the centre of an emotionally challenged family. ◉  “Liam and Iris have a son called Billy, who is as clever and interactive as any other child of his age.… Continue Reading “Billy Bird – Emma Neale”

2016 NZ Book Awards

There was a lot reading that could have been done this year, a lot of reading we wanted to do, but alas, there isn’t time for everything! So, we read what we could and that included the fiction section and a few of the… Continue Reading “2016 NZ Book Awards”

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.” ➤ “Uprooted from his privileged European life and sent to New Zealand to find direction in his life,… 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”