Tag: NZ Book Awards

2022 NZ Book Awards

Identity comes through as a strong building block for all the fiction shortlisters this year. Misunderstanding of identity, attempts to place ones self in the realms of “normality”, studies of those with identity issues. Not only is this topical but important for writers to… Continue Reading “2022 NZ Book Awards”

Kurangaituku – Whiti Hereaka

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS A contemporary retelling of traditional Māori folklore. ❝ Kurangaituku is the story of Hatupatu told from the perspective of Kurangaituku, the bird woman. The traditional story is told from the view of Hatupatu. He is out hunting and is captured by the bird… Continue Reading “Kurangaituku – Whiti Hereaka”

Entanglement – Bryan Walpert

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS A time traveller attempts to return to the right point of his past to correct a mistake ❝Time and perspective are indeed entangled in this novel. Paul’s actions and recollections are scattered throughout the book, reported in three different… Continue Reading “Entanglement – Bryan Walpert”

Greta & Valdin – Rebecca K Reilly

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS Gay, Maori/Russian siblings seek love, life and understanding from the contemporary world ❝ Greta and Valdin are brother and sister, both gay, with mixed heritages and living together in Auckland attempting to navigate life and all its triumphs and… Continue Reading “Greta & Valdin – Rebecca K Reilly”

A Good Winter – Gigi Fenster

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS Olga becomes obsessed with a friend’s family under the guise of helping out during a crisis ❝  Olga is an older woman who has taken on the role of carer to her friend Lara, Lara’s grieving daughter Sophie and… Continue Reading “A Good Winter – Gigi Fenster”

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”

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”