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Book Reviews

The Letters of Ivor Punch by Colin MacIntyre

The Letters of Ivor Punch by Colin MacIntyre is a novel set on a Scottish Hebridean Island (again, by coincidence like the last novel I read, thanks Universe for leading me there again). This one is a very different one.... Continue Reading →


My Mother and the Hungarians by Frankie McMillan

My Mother and the Hungarians was my introduction to the ‘Flash Novella’ the first book of its kind that I had read. I was taken with it immediately, with the short ‘snapshots’ of stories that could be on its own,... Continue Reading →

Tail of the Taniwha by Courtney Sina Meredith

Tail of the Taniwha has become one of my ‘muse’ books, a work that I find inspiring for Courtney Sina Meredith’s different ways of using words to get across story and ideas, and the depth of many of the pieces.... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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