I live in Nelson, New Zealand, with my partner Tim and Cobweb our cat.

Selfie for Blog (2)readingI work at Nelson Public Libraries and love to read and talk about books.

I travel a lot and OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAbase many trips on wildlife viewing opportunities. I have travelled to see wolves and other wild dogs, lions and leopards, and recently spent some time in Uganda volunteering at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary.  This is my best girl Medina:



ShakuhachiThe country Tim and I have visited most often is Japan; 日本で私の心.にすんでいます.




I study Shakuhachi and Japanese and this is one of my favourite はいく:

としどしや                  year after yearIMG_1219

さるにきせたる          on the monkey’s face

さるのめん                 a monkey’s mask

­­     ―Basho


38 Responses to About

  1. Jodi Wright says:

    Hi, I’m writing because I’d love to have you read and review my novel How to Grow an Addict.

    I can supply you with a kindle version or post you a paperback.

    Thanks in advance for considering.

    Kindest Jodi (JA) Wright


  2. antonymillen says:

    Kia ora – I wonder if you’d be interested in reading and reviewing one of my three books. Details are on my website: https://antonymillen.com/


  3. Owen Clough says:

    G’day Blog master, I want to thank you for the review on my book Whispers of the Past. Now up to 42 and most are in my favour.
    My publisher Roger Lang of Wellington is looking for reviewers, so if you are interested at all this is what he said maybe you can pass it on if you have not got the time.
    21 June · Wellington, New Zealand ·
    If you are wanting some free books to review, I am willing to send you free books to leave feedback on Amazon for me. Win Win, right! Some of you have said yes, and I will do a mailing out very soon with your books too. PM me if you want to be on the list. He still at this time is looking email roger@langbookpublishing.co.nz
    Cheers Roger Lang.

    Thanks again Owen Clough Takapau.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. David McGill says:

    Hi Alyson
    After reading your blog and enjoying many reviews of books I have read, I’d love you to review my crime novel The Death Ray Debacle, which I have put on AllBooksNZ just now after your recommendation. MY book is on Kindle and mebooks.co.nz and my website has lot about it, http://www.davidmcgill.co.nz


  5. dannypb32 says:

    Hi, Alyson found your blog via a search on top reviewers on-line.
    Looking for a review on my debut novel SICANIA RISING can send over a gifted E-book version for Amazon review.
    Would be honoured if you could review the book, Alyson.
    Sample pages are available via http://www.bookbuzzr.com.
    My website is https://thehistorywriter.net.
    Daniel P Buckley


  6. Susan Holt says:

    Helo Alyson,
    How can I get my new book Catching the Last Tram into your pile of to-be-read-and-reviewed, please? It is currently listed on the Wheelers site.
    Susan Holt


  7. Lisa Hill says:

    Hi Alys, could you please add a Subscribe by Email widget to your menu? I love your reviews and rely on them to guide my purchases of NZ novels… but I’ve missed a few lately, and would like it if I could subscribe and not miss any more.


  8. alysonebaker says:

    Hi – will review soon – it’s on the pile 🙂


  9. Hi, is it possible to find out who published each book you’ve reviewed? Just looking for a suitable publisher for my own book and knowing this would be helpful.


    • alysonebaker says:

      Hi Pauline, your local library can help with publication information – and also with your options for publishers. Your local branch of the NZSA can also help re the latter 🙂


  10. Hello Alyson,

    I’m a UK indie publisher and on 27th June am publishing a short story collection by a NZ writer, Soul Etching by Sandra Arnold. I hoped you would like to review the collection on your blog.

    I can ebooks (or paperbacks if you prefer but it will take a while to get them to you).

    Best wishes,

    PS. I lived in Nelson for a while about 16 years ago – it is a very special place!


  11. Kevin Berry says:

    Hi Alyson, would you be interested in reading and reviewing my quirky crime noir novel Shooting Messengers? It’s set in an alternative post-earthquake Christchurch. Alternatively, I have written several other books in different genres, from middle grade interactive fiction to contemporary NA (social issues) to dystopian. My website is kevinberrybooks.com. I’m happy to send you a paperback or gift you an Amazon kindle version if you wish. Please email me at kevin.berry.author@gmail.com if you’re interested. Thanks.


  12. Mahesh Mali says:

    Hi Alyson,
    Do you love poetry? Would you be willing to read and give your honest review of my poetry collections?

    You can find those here:

    I can email you soft copies if want me to.


  13. Hi Alyson
    I would like to introduce you to a couple of relevant forthcoming titles that might be of interest to you and your readers. We are a UK publishing house distributed in NZ by Woodslane. Please could you email me at sales@monsoonbooks.co.uk.
    Thank you and stay safe.


  14. Hello Alyson,

    I am an author who has just relocated (with my kiwi husband) to the Otago Peninsula. I have two novels that are now being printed in New Zealand (and have been registered with All Books New Zealand). I am doing all I can to get them in the hands of readers here.

    I am hoping you will be willing to read and review one of them. One was published in the last year and is called ‘Kealaula’; it’s a book geared toward young adult readers, but it’s a good crossover title. The other was published some time ago but recently got a new cover; it’s called ‘Inertia’. Please let me know if you would be willing to give one of them a read (and which you would prefer), and I can send one out to you straight away. Thank you for considering!

    Kind Regards,

    Kim Cope Tait


  15. Larry says:

    Only a suggestion, there is a book called.
    Sands of Time a collection of thought provoking stories.
    By Beatrice C Snipp
    If you do not read it try to read the reviews on Amazon .
    It may interest you a little


  16. Larry says:

    If you get on Amazon, look at the reviews ! Interesting.
    Stay safe in these worrying times


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