Monthly Archives: November 2014

The virgin and the whale by Carl Nixon – 2013

I am a big Carl Nixon fan – and The Virgin & the Whale has strengthened this position. It is a story about stories – how we use them to cope with trauma; and stories within stories – overtly playing … Continue reading

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Beyond the shadows by LaVerne Clark – 2013

If you like your novels hot and raunchy, but also like crime suspense and are not averse to the odd bit of the supernatural you will love Beyond the shadows. Cop Kelly Appleton is attracted to her senior partner, Nate, … Continue reading

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The purple shroud by Stella Duffy – 2012

The Purple Shroud is the continuation of the story of Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore. Theodora ends on a high, with Theodora having risen from humble origins to be the Byzantine Empress in Constantinople alongside her husband Justinian. The Purple Shroud … Continue reading

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The water race by D. Bradley – 2011

The Water Race is a classic tale of conflict and resolution set in a small New Zealand coastal village and wonderfully told in the Kiwi vernacular. In the village there are many conflicting projects and beliefs that are all in … Continue reading

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Rangatira by Paula Morris – 2011

Rangatira is a lovely book – the story of Paratene Te Manu told from his point of view as an old man. As he sits for a portrait by Lindauer he looks back on his trip to England, which he … Continue reading

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Hokitika Town by Charlotte Randall – 2011

A slice of life on the West Coast in the 1860s as seen through the eyes of a young boy trying to make sense of the world, relationships and trickiest of all, the English language. Funny, sad and intriguing, it … Continue reading

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The conductor by Sarah Quigley – 2011

So much more than a novel about how art can help people triumph over, or at least survive through, adversity; The Conductor is a complex novel exploring the many and various drives and desires that keep us going. A disparate … Continue reading

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