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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 →

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 →

Purgatory by Rosetta Allan

Purgatory was sold to me as a 'cross between the Lovely Bones and Angela's Ashes'. Having read both I decided to see what a New Zealand take on that would be. Purgatory is a first novel from a New Zealand... Continue Reading →

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