Literary Fiction

Set in Seattle, U.S. during the 1999 World Trade Organization protests, this novel’s narrative flows through the viewpoints of seven central characters. All seven are involved in varying degrees, and all seven have their own different reasons for being there. Three are U.S. law enforcement officials stationed to keep peace; two are radicals leading the… Read More

This is the kind of novel that captures the tone and mood that comes with people watching – that voyeuristic contemplation that allows you to map out others’ lives in your imagination that’s somehow weirdly relaxing. Except this time you get the full picture. This story centres around three women living in the American expat… Read More

A narrative poem in couplets that rhyme; You’d hope for something truly sublime. A tale that shines, like the sun, is golden; Alas, alack, to mediocrity we’re beholden. TS Eliot has the upper hand with cats, Treading on his toes this is inferior, ersatz. And while the story’s not only about felines It’s hardly exciting… Read More

There was a time when New Zealander Heidi North-Bailey lived in a house on Grass St that once belonged to poet Lauris Edmond. The hillside garden grew tulips and poems; and in the house with its view of the harbour, Heidi wrote poems of her own. But always there is the possibility of flight, and… Read More

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 –… Read More

About 150 pages into this novel I was wondering what had happened. This wasn’t like the Sebastian Faulks I love. Somehow I wasn’t able to identify with Robert Hendricks, the central character. Even though the book was well written, the pace seemed pedestrian and Hendricks was seedy and unremarkable. Then suddenly, bang, by page 200… Read More

After a ten year absence from the New Zealand literary scene, Patricia Grace is back with Chappy, a narrative in a similar vein to Grace’s previous, multi-award winning works. Young and presumably wealthy, Daniel, a European-born chap is sent to stay with his Maori relations in New Zealand by his mother, so as to figure… Read More

I was surprised when I read the description of The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro, inside the dust jacket. A tale set in the Dark Ages – that didn’t seem right for Ishiguro, whose books The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go are set in the recent past of living memory. But post-Roman… Read More

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