Category: NZ Book Awards

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.” ➤ “There is a wandering spirit about this book which transcends the family secret, but mimics the journeys…

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…

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…

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…

Coming Rain – Stephen Daisley

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS Two lone companions take work shearing for a large farm, where the younger of them, Lew, falls in love with the farmer’s daughter, Clara. ➤ “My initial thoughts of Coming Rain were that it reminded me of John Steinbeck’s…

The Invisible Mile – David Conventry

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS “The story of the 1928 Ravat-Wonder team from New Zealand and Australia who were the first English-speaking team to ride to Tour de France, with memories of WWI fresh in their minds.”   ➤ “The Invisible Mile was a hypnotic…

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…