Contemporary Fiction

Australia’s Liane Moriarty has done it again, with a captivating story about something that we all think will never happen to us, but so easily could. You know, the story you hear about on the news about the family who did such and such and you react with a tut-tut because how could they possibly… Read More

Sue Younger’s debut novel, Days Are Like Grass, is a book that lingers. Paediatric surgeon, Claire Bowerman, has reluctantly returned to Auckland from London with her teenage daughter, Roimata, and her partner Yossi in tow. Yossi, ex-Israeli army, convinced Claire she should move home where it’s peaceful and where their part-Maori daughter (Yossi is not the… Read More

Parents look after you when you’re young, and you return the favour when they get older. That’s how it goes, isn’t it? That’s the honourable thing to do. But what do you do if you parents are your tormentors? What if they’re the ones who have damaged you so much that you’re now close to… Read More

The Quiet Spectacular is the latest novel from Dunedin writer Laurence Fearnley. It’s a quiet story, rooted in the landscape. Centering around three quite different women, it subverts the ‘man vs wild’ construct. The three female protagonists are all at points of transition in their lives. Teenage Change is dominated by her cruelly unhappy mother… Read More

Heroes, hoboes, homies and hamburger haters come together in Spitshine, the third collection of short stories by New Zealand author Michael Botur. Botur works as a casual journalist and copywriter, and his work has been published in a variety of newspapers. His poetry and fiction has been published in a number of New Zealand journals. Spitshine features 16… Read More

I have always enjoyed fiction that portrays ordinary life while encompassing a touch of the extraordinary. Chocolat, by Joanne Harris, and Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel, are two that instantly spring to mind – and yes, as you might be able to tell from these examples, I also adore food-based novels. In screenwriter… Read More

It is hard to describe a novel like Zero K in a review that uses mere language – words like beautiful, ephemeral, multifaceted, all come to mind, but in the end fail to capture the true essence of Don Delillo’s latest novel. In Zero K language is examined against the effort of the human mind… Read More

My Name is Leon is a sucker punch straight to your heart. It is a powerful, page-turning debut from Kit de Waal, that really will haunt you for weeks. The story is told through the eyes of Leon, a nine-year-old boy who loves Curly Wurlys, cartoons and his beautiful baby brother Jake. He is too young to… Read More

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