Book Reviews

Gordon McLauchlan is a well-known journalist, author and social commentator. He is a seasoned media commentator not afraid to speak his mind. His previous books for  include: Great Tales from Rural New Zealand; Great Tales from New Zealand History; The Saltwater Highway: The Story of Ports and Shipping in New Zealand; The Passionless People Revisited… Read More

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

For me, one of the best parts of summer is the opportunity it brings to wile away afternoons on the lawn with a book. Veronica Henry’s The Forever House is the perfect book for just such a day. Fans will be pleased to hear that Henry’s new novel returns to the charming village of Peasebrook, the setting… Read More

Francesca Hackett has fled to London, and she now lives in Rome working as a tourist guide, trying to forget about the reasons she left her previous life behind. But one day she finds a designer handbag in her rubbish bin, and when she returns it to the owner, the grand socialist Viscontessa Elana die… Read More

Big Pacific has been created as a companion book to the TV series of the same name, created by National History NZ . It will be screened on Prime TV early 2018. The Pacific Ocean is big indeed, covering one third of the Earth’s total surface and accounting for nearly half of the planet’s water… Read More

The opening of this debut novel captures a vivid scene. Ragnvald is dancing the oars aboard the ship he has been serving on for the whole journey to and from the North Sea. This moment of light relief suddenly turns deadly when the captain of the ship, Solvi, attacks him without warning, leaving him to… Read More

Rebel or Patriot? This first biography of Ta’isi Olaf Fredrick Nelson (also known as Feleti Nelsoni) is a powerful story which explores the personal life of one man but is also the history of Sãmoa and its place in the world.  The biography outlines the long road on Sãmoa’s journey to nationhood. Patricia O’Brien is… Read More

Lachy Paterson and Angela Wanhalla have put together a collection of letters and documents sourced from many archives within a defined period – 1830 to 1900 – to produce a valuable resource for readers who have an interest in New Zealand history. The University of Otago associate professors [Paterson in Mãori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies… Read More

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