Tag: Books

From The Centre: A Writer’s Life – Patricia Grace

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS The memoir of writer Patricia Grace ❝Patricia Grace is a stalwart of New Zealand literature and someone whose work I have read a lot of and deeply admired. So her memoir was always going to be a hit for… Continue Reading “From The Centre: A Writer’s Life – Patricia Grace”

Boys Don’t Cry – Fiona Scarlett

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jodie Two brothers in a Dublin tower block battle illness, crime and poverty ❝ Joe is 17, a gifted artist and older brother to 12-year-old Finn. They live with their Ma and Da in a Dublin tower block dealing… Continue Reading “Boys Don’t Cry – Fiona Scarlett”

Sophie’s Choice – William Styron

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel An aspiring novelist is captivated by a Holocaust survivor and her unpredictable boyfriend ❝ Stingo is a Southern young man aspiring to be a novelist and living off the income from his grandmother’s controversial sale of slaves many… Continue Reading “Sophie’s Choice – William Styron”

The Mirror Book – Charlotte Grimshaw

READ FOR BOOKCLUB & NZ BOOK AWARDS Chosen by Suzy The memoirs of Charlotte Grimshaw, author and daughter of C K Stead ❝ I can’t lie – I initially wanted to read The Mirror Book for the goss factor, but this memoir is so much more.… Continue Reading “The Mirror Book – Charlotte Grimshaw”

2022 – Reading Culture

As an environment where reading is championed and valued, bookclubs provide an encouraging culture of shared learning; of the ability to understand a reality other than our own. Establishing culture is not only an important basis of book clubs but books too, for stories… Continue Reading “2022 – Reading Culture”

Sisters – Daisy Johnson

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel The story of a darkly intense sisterly relationship that examines where one person ends and the other begins ⫸ Born ten months apart, July and September are almost like twins. They do not look the same, they do… Continue Reading “Sisters – Daisy Johnson”

2021 Booker

⫸ There are many safety nets which we turn to in a time of ongoing global uncertainty, and one of them is the search for the truth. Opinions of experts and everyday people, the reliability of data and keeping up to date with what… Continue Reading “2021 Booker”

Great Circle – Maggie Shipstead

READ FOR BOOKERTHON The story of daredevil female aviator Marian Graves and her plans to circumnavigate the globe ⫸ “Marian and Jamie Graves are rescued as infants from a sinking ocean liner in 1914, then raised by their uncle in Montana. After encountering a… Continue Reading “Great Circle – Maggie Shipstead”

Bewilderment – Richard Powers

READ FOR BOOKERTHON An astrobiologist helps his neuro-divergent son understand our beautiful, imperilled planet ⫸ “Theo Byrne is an astrobiologist looking for life in space while also caring for his behaviourally challenged son, Robin. Theo’s wife, an environmental activist, has died in a car… Continue Reading “Bewilderment – Richard Powers”

The Promise – Damon Galgut

READ FOR BOOKERTHON The lives and deaths of a white South African family, and a promise made to their black housekeeper ⫸ “When Rachel, a 40-year-old white South African dies in 1986, her country is transitioning out of apartheid. The subsequent decline of the… Continue Reading “The Promise – Damon Galgut”