Monthly Archives: November 2014

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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Blood men by Paul Cleave – 2010

Blood Men is Paul Cleave’s fourth thriller set in a Christchurch more like the outskirts of hell than a garden city. Edward Hunter has managed to create a comfortable life – he is married to a fellow accountant and the … Continue reading

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Theodora: actress, empress, whore by Stella Duffy – 2010

Theodora is a meticulously researched novel about the early life of Theodora, who was born around 500 and died in 548. It starts with the story of a child raised in the excitement and turmoil surrounding Constantinople’s ‘circus’ performers – … Continue reading

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Kehua by Fay Weldon – 2010

Kehua is the story of a family touching on four generations. Beverley moves to the UK from New Zealand, with several unappeased Kehua – or Maori spirits – in tow. We meet many characters from Beverley’s extended family, and many … Continue reading

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Settler’s Creek by Carl Nixon – 2010

Settlers’ Creek develops in unexpected ways, venturing into extremely emotional terrain as it explores the importance of a sense of place and status. Box Saxton suffers a cataclysmic fall in socio-economic status with a recent economic recession, then suffers the … Continue reading

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Belief by Stephanie Johnson – 2000

This tale, which takes place in New Zealand and the United States, is one of longing for faith and love and spans the turn of the last century; the prologue is in 1880 and the epilogue 1920. The two main … Continue reading

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