Contemporary Fiction

The latest novel from Salman Rushdie sits very firmly in the present world, the world of unreality that lurks just outside our window. It is a big contrast to his most recent novels, The Enchantress of Florence and Two years Eight months and Twenty-eight nights which stand firmly in the historical and mythological, imagined fantasies… Read More

The story begins in 1901 and concludes in the winter of 2012. At its centre is a house with a fanciful little turret, built by a river in Christchurch. Over time the land will be subdivided and the single building becomes home to a succession of assorted people enduring the twists and turns of history. Decline &… 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

Lane Roanoke is fifteen when she comes to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, at the Roanoke family’s rural estate following the suicide of her mother. Over one long, hot summer, Lane experiences the benefits of being one of the beloved beautiful Roanoke girls. What she slowly comes to realise though, is that… Read More

Rosie and Penn have always wanted a daughter. Four sons later, they decide to try one last time — and their beautiful little boy Claude is born. Life continues on until the day that Claude says that, when he grows up, he wants to be a girl. As far as his parents are concerned, he… Read More

The problem with reviewing a book that you love is that it is often hard to describe just why you like the book so much – the usual adages of ‘good characterisations’, ‘innovative plot line’ and ‘page-turning entertainment’ are the obvious explanations, but often that is simply not enough. This is especially the case when… Read More

Harmless Like You tells the parallel stories of Yuki, a young Japanese woman living in 1960s New York, and Jay, the son she subsequently abandons. When Yuki is 16 her family move back to Tokyo but, despite having no friends, she decides to stay on in America to pursue her true love, art. The story of… Read More

Who among us hasn’t gazed at the sky above and not wondered about the millions of others who are sharing the same view? Space has the dual effect of humbling the human existence and strengthening ideas of a common humanity. With her debut novel, Helen Sedgwick takes that common astronomic fantasy and weaves a whimsical… Read More

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