Tag: Books

The Blue Flower – Penelope Fitzgerald

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jodie A fictional treatment of the early life of Friedrich von Hardenberg who, under the pseudonym Novalis, later became a practitioner of German Romanticism ⫸ “Penelope’s Fitzgerald’s last novel, written in 1997, details the early life of the German… Continue Reading “The Blue Flower – Penelope Fitzgerald”

Death In Her Hands – Otessa Moshfegh

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel An investigation of an elderly woman’s mental wanderings after finding a note referring to a murder. ⫸ “Vesta Gul is an expected Moshfegh character: a female loner with convoluted, dangerous thoughts. She is 72, living alone in the… Continue Reading “Death In Her Hands – Otessa Moshfegh”

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”

Bug Week And Other Stories – Airini Beautrais

Read for NZ Book Awards From 1960s Wellington to post-Communist Germany, Bug Week traverses the weird, the wry and the grotesque. ⫸ “Bug Week is a collection of short stories set predominately in Wellington, offering weird and wonderful fragments of people’s lives. “There are bug… Continue Reading “Bug Week And Other Stories – Airini Beautrais”

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”

Nothing To See – Pip Adam

Read for NZ Book Awards Peggy and Greta become sober, using a unique form of identity as a coping mechanism ⫸ “The lives of Peggy and Greta are detailed in three different decades in this book. In 1994 they are aged 24 and breaking… Continue Reading “Nothing To See – Pip Adam”

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”