Category Archives: Historical

Sleeps Standing Moetū by Witi Ihimaera and Hēmi Kelly – 2017

“You didn’t know about the women and children at Rewi’s last stand?”  Sadly, no – the bravery and technical brilliance yes, but not the stories of sacrifice by all the defenders, regardless of age or gender. Sleeps standing Moetū is … Continue reading

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Rotoroa by Amy Head – 2018

Rotoroa is the story of three quite different people who all end up in the same place for a while. The time is significant: New Zealand in the 1950s, post-war, emerging rock and roll, six o’clock swills, the bridge going … Continue reading

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Money in the Morgue by Ngaio Marsh and Stella Duffy – 2018

Dame Ngaio Marsh wrote the first few chapters, the title and the timeframe for this novel, which is set in New Zealand during the Second World War, and Stella Duffy has solved the crime and completed the novel for publication.  … Continue reading

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Into the World by Stephanie Parkyn – 2017

Into the World is an historical adventure on the high seas with great characters and an interesting plot.  From the beginning of the novel, when Marie-Louise Girardin brands herself and her infant son before leaving him to the fate of … Continue reading

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Murder on Broadway by John Rosanowski – 2017

Murder on Broadway is a rollicking wild West Coast goldfields tale of murder and mayhem.  When the obnoxious Reefton Police Sergeant Mackworth Snyder leaves Reefton in the hands of his new Constable Gordon Trembath, in the days leading up to … Continue reading

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Heloise by Mandy Hager – 2017

“Of all my frustrations with the Christian Church, besides its demonising of women, there are two that most confound me: the preoccupation with unquestioning obedience and the notion of original sin.”  So says one of Heloise’s early teachers – a … Continue reading

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Fletcher of the Bounty by Graeme Lay – 2017

I really enjoyed Lay’s James Cook trilogy, from the first installment which adores Cook, through to the final depiction of a man gone mad.  I picked up Fletcher of the Bounty expecting a combination of the two – adoring of … Continue reading

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