Book Reviews

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe is about a girl who has been by herself on a spaceship bound for a new planet that can sustain life. She was born on the ship and so has never seen Earth. There were originally many other people on the ship with her, including her parents. But following… Read More

Imagine if you were told that you may never have children, that you’d never hold your own baby in your arms. And yet, what if you could find a way? Mission to Motherhood will inspire anyone facing the possibility of a childless future. Canadian-born Amira Mikhail shares her powerful story about how she tackled and overcame… Read More

Andrew Gross is a bestselling author who is making thrillers set in the Second World War his trademark, and The Saboteur is another novel that is set in this territory. It is an action-packed, thrilling novel that will keep you gripped until the final pages. Based on some of the most daring real-life events of… Read More

I’m a huge fan of Michael Robotham’s tightly constructed thrillers, and The Secrets She Keeps didn’t disappoint. Michael Robotham has a great gift for characterisation, so the reader is quickly drawn into the very different lives of two women. Agatha thinks that Megan Shaugnessy’s life is perfect. Megan is beautiful and married to Jack, a… Read More

Over a thousand years ago, the wind, sea currents and stars brought people to the island that became known as Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud. Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story is a richly illustrated visual history of this country we call home. This creative non-fiction story of New Zealand explores defining moments of our… Read More

When visiting her local prison, DI Vera Stanhope comes face to face with an inmate, John Brace, who is a disgraced former detective superintendent. Vera played a key part in putting him away for his involvement in the death of a games keeper. But John now claims he has information about the disappearance of Robbie… Read More

J. L. Pawley, is a prolific author from Auckland. She completed her first Diploma in Creative Writing when she was just 17, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in English and Media Studies by age 20, graduating in the top 5% of her class from Massey University. The following year, after working… Read More

A Column of Fire is a doorstop of a book, but completely gripping from the opening pages – so don’t be daunted by the size of this novel. It’s the third instalment in The Kingsbridge series that started with The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. Starting in the year of 1558, Ned… Read More

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