Toni Wi

Toni is a reader, writer, blogger, and postgraduate student living in Christchurch. When not reading she enjoys road trips and going to the movies. Her favorite books are set in space, boarding schools, the ruins of civilization, and city streets. She loves a good love story, and characters that surprise and delight. You can follow her on Goodreads and Twitter.

Books

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, by Muriel Spark

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is based in Edinburgh in the years preceding World War Two and follows a group of girls known as the Brodie set, who stay together throughout their schooling under the influence of their former teacher – the provocative, intimidating, wonderful Miss Jean Brodie. The narrative shifts throughout the story into [...]

The Night Book

The Night Book, by Charlotte Grimshaw

Charlotte Grimshaw is an award wining short story writer, novelist, and reviewer.  In The Night Book Grimshaw takes a sharp look at contemporary society. It’s like a cut away slice. Like she’s driven a big knife into a model of the earth and pulled out a wedge, so we can see the different layers. This [...]

Salt by Maurice Gee

Salt, by Maurice Gee

In Blood Burrows life is hard. It’s a city of ruins; the water is brown, giant rats and packs of feral dogs prowl the sewers in search of food, and every so often Company comes and takes men away to work. Some are sent to farms, some to the city, and others to the salt mines. [...]

Tu by Patricia Grace

Tu, by Patricia Grace

Tu is the story of a young Maori boy and his family, and what happens when he leaves his home to fight in World War Two.  It’s the story of Tu and his family, both his families, tied by blood and kinship. He enlists against the wishes of his mother, being too young, too precious.  His [...]

Wicked by Gregory Maguire

Wicked, by Gregory Maguire

Wicked is the story of The Wicked Witch of the West, that famously scary villain from The Wizard of Oz. It is a chronicle of her life from the day of her birth, through her infancy, her adolescence and her murky middle years, right up till the arrival of Dorothy Gale and her little dog Toto. [...]

Song of Achilles

The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles is the début novel of Madeline Miller and winner of the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction. Set in Ancient Greece in the time of Gods and heroes it tells the story of Achilles, the greatest hero of them all, through the eyes of the man who loved him most. Patroclus is [...]

Dirt Bomb

Dirt Bomb, by Fleur Beale

Dirt Bomb by Fleur Beale is a charming young adult novel set in coastal New Zealand over the summer holidays.  Fleur Beale is an award-winning author known for her novels I Am Not Esther, Juno of Taris and Fierce September. Jake Stringer is a laid-back teenager with a pretty sweet life.  He lives at home with [...]

The sisters brothers

The Sisters Brothers, by Patrick deWitt

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt is a western set during the Californian Gold Rush.  It follows the story of Eli and Charlie Sisters, two brothers with short tempers and a certain knack for violence. Killing the Commodore’s enemies has earned them a bloody reputation and a comfortable living, but a bad job and the [...]

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