Jemma Richardson

Jemma Richardson is a Wellington based writer, reviewer and creator of book shrines. She studied English Literature, Film and Creative Writing at university, and especially loves women’s writing and short stories. You can check out more of her work at Listicle where she is a regular contributor.


wildlife in pictures

Wildlife In Pictures, by Craig Hayman

If, like me, it’s always been a dream of yours to explore Africa and go on a safari, be warned: this book will only further fuel that passion thanks to its breath-taking photography of the African landscape and its furry inhabitants. At over 300 pages, I was a little cynical and assumed that the images [...]

The Ultimate Vegetarian Collection

The Ultimate Vegetarian Collection, by Alison & Simon Holst

I love a good vegetarian cook book, not only for the delicious recipes but also to use it as evidence to convince my omnivore friends that the food I eat isn’t bland and disgusting. Unfortunately, this collection isn’t useful in either regard. The Ultimate Vegetarian Collection is not so ultimate, but is actually very junior [...]

Humans of New York: Stories, by Brandon Stanton

Unless you’ve been living in an underground cave the last few years, you’re probably familiar with Humans of New York (or HONY, as the 15 million online fans say). For years, US street photographer Brandon Stanton has captured intimate portraits of strangers around New York, slowly adding small quotes from his subjects which eventually got [...]

For Someone I Love: A Collection of Writing, by Arapera Blank

For Someone I Love is a perfect collection of a writer’s work: diverse, original and timeless. It has the feel of being carefully curated by someone who knew the writer, New Zealander Arapera Blank, well, both personally and professionally. Indeed this is the case, as this is a collection put together by her children – [...]

asking for it louise o'neill

Asking for It, by Louise O’Neill

While it may seem like a melodramatic teen read, Asking for It addresses a topic that’s as important as ever: sexual assault. Frankly, this is the kind of novel that should be required reading for teens, not heavy classics like Dickens. In an age of social media attacks on young women, where dubious consent is [...]

Villa America, by Liza Klaussmann

Villa America, by Liza Klaussmann, is marketed as an insight into the real life couple who inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night. I’m sure this alone made it enticing enough for others, like myself, who are fascinated with the Lost Generation and well-known expats who drank away the 1920s in fabulous style! Yet, [...]

Speak, by Louisa Hall

Although I was looking forward to reading Speak, I did assume I could predict the story as soon as I saw the words “artificial intelligence” in the blurb. AI fiction varies in quality, but it almost always contains the universal warning that machines will take over. Louisa Hall, however, makes a welcome adjustment in warning [...]

The Liar, by Nora Roberts

My first thought within the first couple of pages of The Liar, by Nora Roberts, was how similar the setting was to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl – not in a predictable, copycat way, but using the same marital dynamics to create mystery and intrigue, exploring the fascinating idea that you can be married to someone [...]

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