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Secrets of the Sea House by Elisabeth Gifford

Secrets of the Sea House is a novel covering an interesting topic matter – the history of the northern Scottish Islands and the fables (and realities) of the seal people (selkies) and mermaids, through the weaving of two stories. The first... Continue Reading →

Hand Me Down World by Lloyd Jones

Hand Me Down World by Lloyd Jones was one of the multitude of books recommended in class at Hagley Writers' Institute. This one was recommended by Bernadette Hall (who interviews Lloyd Jones here) as her favourite of his novels. Hand... Continue Reading →

Mindfulness on the Run by Dr Chantal Hofstee #aotearoareads

This year I have about a hundred things I want to do with life. I can tend to be a bit of an overachiever. But I know from past experience, that this all goes well for a few months, and... Continue Reading →

The Poetry of Karlo Mila #aotearoareads

I have to confess, I'm rather fresh on New Zealand poetry. Poetry is something I'm coming back to, a first since high school, rediscovering the reading and writing of poetry as an adult. Karlo Mila's Dream Fish Floating and A... Continue Reading →

Summer Holidays and #aotearoareads

There is something about the long summer and devouring New Zealand literature. Days travelling or hanging locally, visiting local beaches, mountains and rivers. All this inspires reading and writing about local tales and atmosphere as we holiday in our beautiful country.... Continue Reading →

Its Never Too Late to Be What You Might’ve Been

This February I start writing school. Part time. I've always had aspirations of being a writer, one of those sit in the back of your head and niggle kind of thoughts. I've fulfilled that dream in various ways - pretty... Continue Reading →

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

They say that every book you read changes you, how you think, act, speak or look at the world. I hope that is true of Americanah. Americanah is a novel about being an African (or non-American) black in the US and... Continue Reading →

Like a Queen by Constance Hall

Queen Constance writes a great book. For a while she's had a bit of a cult following on her blog queensofconstance.com, writing in a beautifully honest and hilarious way about the everyday reality of life. Like a Queen I would say is... Continue Reading →

The Starling

On Monday dad found a baby starling. He gave it to me. I looked after it really well. Dad put it in a box. I put some water and food in the box and then some grass. Then we heard... Continue Reading →

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