Tag: NZ Literature

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”

Novel About My Wife – Emily Perkins

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo The lives of a London couple unravel after the wife survives a train derailment and notices a man following her.  ☁ “Novel About My Wife is the story of a couple’s complicated relationship from the husband’s perspective. It’s… Continue Reading “Novel About My Wife – Emily Perkins”

The 10pm Question – Kate de Goldi

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Nadine Frankie Parsons worries about many things and develops the habit of posing a serious question to his mother at 10pm every night ❚ “Frankie Parsons is a clever 12-year-old with a quirky family, and a voice of anxiety constantly… Continue Reading “The 10pm Question – Kate de Goldi”