Tag: NZ Literature

Maori Boy – Witi Ihimaera

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS An honest, emotive work detailing not only Ihimaera’s childhood but also early life in rural New Zealand and Maori history. ➤ “Maori Boy gives not just a stunning insight into the early years of Witi Ihimaera’s life, but also historically captures the whanau dynamics and… Continue Reading “Maori Boy – Witi Ihimaera”

Maurice Gee: Life & Work – Rachel Barrowman

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS “Ten years in the writing, this biography sets out to reveal all the secrets of literary great Maurice Gee.” ➤ “I have read a lot of Maurice Gee’s work so was itching to read my autographed (yes, by the… Continue Reading “Maurice Gee: Life & Work – Rachel Barrowman”

Coming Rain – Stephen Daisley

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS Two lone companions take work shearing for a large farm, where the younger of them, Lew, falls in love with the farmer’s daughter, Clara. ➤ “My initial thoughts of Coming Rain were that it reminded me of John Steinbeck’s… Continue Reading “Coming Rain – Stephen Daisley”

The Invisible Mile – David Conventry

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS “The story of the 1928 Ravat-Wonder team from New Zealand and Australia who were the first English-speaking team to ride to Tour de France, with memories of WWI fresh in their minds.” ➤ “The Invisible Mile was a hypnotic read;… Continue Reading “The Invisible Mile – David Conventry”

Genesis – Bernard Beckett

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Becks Anax sits an exam for admittance to The Academy, the governing body of her dystopian society, only to learn things are not what they seem ➤ “This book was pleasantly easy to read with a surprise ending I… Continue Reading “Genesis – Bernard Beckett”

Owls Do Cry – Janet Frame

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo Owls Do Cry is semi-autobiographical, recounting a character’s – and Frame’s own – time in a mental hospital ➤ “Set in provincial, pre-1940s New Zealand, Owls Do Cry concentrates on the Withers family, in particular Daphne Withers. When one… Continue Reading “Owls Do Cry – Janet Frame”

The Harp In The South – Ruth Park

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Sophia The portrayal of an Irish-Australian family living in the slums of Surrey Hills in the ’40s. Ruth Park is a New Zealand-born Australian. ❍ “The Harp of The South was a bit of an average read for me.  It did make… Continue Reading “The Harp In The South – Ruth Park”

Sydney Bridge Upside Down – David Ballentyne

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Sophia A dark story set in the sleepy coastal town of Calliope Bay where the children play in the abandoned slaughterhouse and welcome the allure of their city cousin. ❍ “Many of us were required to read New Zealand fiction… Continue Reading “Sydney Bridge Upside Down – David Ballentyne”

Holy Days – Joy Cowley

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy A motherless boy seeks solace in an old convent and the three nuns who reside there. ✎ “Joy Cowley is one of New Zealand’s best known authors, her children’s books widely published for use in our primary schools. But… Continue Reading “Holy Days – Joy Cowley”

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”