Tag: Best Books

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”

As The Earth Turns Silver – Alison Wong

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo The story and struggles of two entwined settler families in early 20th-Century NZ, one English, the other Chinese. ◉ “Chinese immigrant brothers Yung and Shun are greengrocers in Wellington in the early 1900s. They support their families back… Continue Reading “As The Earth Turns Silver – Alison Wong”

Book Book – Fiona Farrell

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Sonya As war is waged in the Middle East, a woman in New Zealand has her nose in a book – part fiction, part autobiography, Farrell documents her life’s history with reading ➤ “I really enjoyed Fiona Farrell’s writing… Continue Reading “Book Book – Fiona Farrell”

The Story Of A New Zealand River – Jane Mander

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel Alice Roland and her children join her colonial husband to live in isolation in Pukekaroro, a settlement on a NZ river abutting a native kauri forest. ➤ “In creating The Story Of A NZ River, Jane Mander has plucked a… Continue Reading “The Story Of A New Zealand River – Jane Mander”

The Godwits Fly – Robin Hyde

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo The Godwits Fly vividly evokes the complexities of family life and the intensely felt world of a single-minded young woman in Wellington in the 1920s. ➤  “Using stream-of-consciousness and autobiographical features, this novel is the story of the… Continue Reading “The Godwits Fly – Robin Hyde”

Infinite Air – Fiona Kidman

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Sonya A novel about the enigmatic Jean Batten – New Zealand’s, and one of the world’s, greatest aviators ➤ “I was quite excited by the idea of The Infinite Air. I have heard a lot about author Fiona Kidman,… Continue Reading “Infinite Air – Fiona Kidman”

Rich Man Road – Ann Glamuzina

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Becks Two nuns recount their immigration to New Zealand: Olga from her war-torn Dalmatian village and Pualele from Samoa via an illegal family adoption. ➤ “There was something about Rich Man Road that had me captivated early on. Perhaps… Continue Reading “Rich Man Road – Ann Glamuzina”

Wake – Elizabeth Knox

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo One sunny spring morning the Tasman Bay settlement of Kahukura is overwhelmed by a mysterious mass insanity. A handful of survivors find themselves cut off from the world, and surrounded by the dead. ➤ “The horror scenes at… Continue Reading “Wake – Elizabeth Knox”

The Scarecrow – Hugh Morrieson

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel Neddy Poindexter worries about his pretty sister Prudence when it’s discovered there’s a killer on the loose. Part adventure, part small-town comedy and part horrifying thriller, The Scarecrow is classic Kiwi lit noir. The same week our fowls… Continue Reading “The Scarecrow – Hugh Morrieson”