Tag: Best Books

The Harp In The South – Ruth Park

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Sophia The portrayal of an Irish-Australian family living in the slums of Surrey Hills in the ’40s. Ruth Park is a New Zealand-born Australian. ❍ “The Harp of The South was a bit of an average read for me.  It did make… Continue Reading “The Harp In The South – Ruth Park”

Sydney Bridge Upside Down – David Ballentyne

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Sophia A dark story set in the sleepy coastal town of Calliope Bay where the children play in the abandoned slaughterhouse and welcome the allure of their city cousin. ❍ “Many of us were required to read New Zealand fiction… Continue Reading “Sydney Bridge Upside Down – David Ballentyne”

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. ✎ “Joy Cowley is one of New Zealand’s best known authors, her children’s books widely published for use in our primary schools. But… Continue Reading “Holy Days – Joy Cowley”

Under The Mountain – Maurice Gee

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy Rachel and Theo Matheson travel beneath Auckland’s extinct volcanoes to prevent the destruction of the world ✎ “While vacationing with relatives in Auckland, red-head twins Theo and Rachel discover that they are endowed with special powers to oppose mysterious… Continue Reading “Under The Mountain – Maurice Gee”

The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A murder mystery set in the Hokitika goldfields in 1866. ❖ “The Luminaries is a ghost story and murder mystery set in  Hokitika, New Zealand. It is 832 pages and won the Booker Prize. “Its protagonist Walter Moody comes across 12 men… Continue Reading “The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton”

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. © “In the sequel to The Vintner’s Luck, it’s 1929 and angel Xas is living in… Continue Reading “Angel’s Cut – Elizabeth Knox”

The Parihaka Woman – Witi Ihimaera

READ FOR BOOKCLUB A fictionalised account set amonsgt the atrocities that occurred in Parihaka, Taranaki during the 1870s © “The Parihaka Woman tells the story of Taranaki iwi who fought back against settlers and the confiscation of their lands with a programme of passive… Continue Reading “The Parihaka Woman – Witi Ihimaera”

Selected Poetry I

Theme: Favourite NZ poems Poems studied: Rain – Hone Tuwhare No Ordinary Sun – Hone Tuwhare Jerusalem Sonnet 1 – James K Baxter In A Minute – Anna Jackson © “Fantastic insight into these poems by Sophia. Everyone gravitated towards towards Rain, for some… Continue Reading “Selected Poetry I”

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 © “Ngati Wai chief Paratene Te Manu a tupuna of the author. He was a warrior who won many… Continue Reading “Rangatira – Paula Morris”

Sons For The Return Home – Albert Wendt

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy A Samoan family migrates to Wellington in the 1960s, leaving the sons unsure to which culture or country they belong. ✔ “Sons for the Return Home is a love story set amongst a time and setting of racism.… Continue Reading “Sons For The Return Home – Albert Wendt”