Book Reviews

The subtitle, Forbidden Love in a Hostile World, is a good summary of Mandy Hager’s new book. It is a dense work of historical fiction, rich with actual quotes from the main characters and a deep understanding of the history of the time. The story is a familiar one, that of Heloise and Abelard, lovers… Read More

With shades of Clave of the Cave Bears and The Hunger Games, Slave Power is the first in a new series. Set in the East of the Black Sea around 300 BC, this is a tale of Amazon Tribes under threat from slave traders who are showing no mercy as they attack the peaceful tribes… Read More

Raewyn Dawson is a recognised poet, award-winning public speaker, previous Classical Studies teacher and pianist. Born in Wellington, she is one of seven children brought up in harsh conditions on a pig farm in Dunedin. She has lived and worked in the Pacific, and now lives in Christchurch with her husband. She talks to NZ Booklovers… Read More

Imagine waking up from a coma with 10 years of memory missing. This is what confronts Rebecca, the principal character of Brushstrokes Of Memory upon waking up in hospital after suffering a head injury. Apart from the missing ten years of her life, Rebecca also has to deal with a number of changes in the… Read More

Although at first this historical novel appears to be about land owner Matthew Fenchurch, in reality Jarulan by the River is the story of Rufina, who arrives as a German maid to the northern New South Wales property, Jarulan, a beautiful home of grandeur that is now decaying. Spanning from 1917 until the modern day… Read More

Bobo the chimp is back in this adorable picture book for every little monkey that doesn't want to go to bed yet. The sun is still up but little Bobo wants to play with his jungle friends. Sneaking out of his treetop house, Bobo goes out to play, but soon finds himself lost in the dark… Read More

The Secret of Black Rock is a modern environmental fable, written and illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton. Erin lives with her fisherwomen mother in a fishing town. She’s taught by the adults she can’t go out to sea as it’s too dangerous because of the Black Rock, where terrible things are said to happen. But plucky… Read More

Sometime when you read a book it will make you feel completely inadequate as a writer. That was how I felt after reading the first few chapters of Sarah Quigley’s new book, The Suicide Club. The characters are so beautifully drawn, the writing is alive with wonderful language and the plot has you on the… Read More

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