Tag: Books

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”

Bliss & The Garden Party – Katherine Mansfield

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel Bliss tells the story of a dinner party where secrets abound. The Garden Party captures the story of an upper-middle class NZ family preparing for a garden party. ✔ ” Considered Mansfield’s finest piece of short fiction, The Garden… Continue Reading “Bliss & The Garden Party – Katherine Mansfield”

In A German Pension – Katherine Mansfield

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel A young woman observes the absurd and grotesque while staying in a German pension.  ✔ “In A German Pension was Mansfield’s first short story collection, written when she was 22. The stories are semi-autobiographical because Mansfield herself was… Continue Reading “In A German Pension – Katherine Mansfield”

Where We Once Belonged – Sia Figel

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy This Commonwealth Prize winner is the coming-of-age story of 13-year-old Alofa Filiga in a Samoan village ✔ “Where We Once Belonged is written in the traditional Su’ifefiloi style. Literally this means a woven garland of flowers. As a… Continue Reading “Where We Once Belonged – Sia Figel”