Tag: Kiwi lit

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”

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”