Recommended Reads

Fred Dagg meets Mother Goose in this hilarious, Kiwi-fied version of popular children’s nursery rhymes. Award-winning author Peter Millett and illustrator Scott Tulloch have teamed up to create this clever read. The Grand Old Duke of York becomes The Grand Old Knight Sir Ed, Auckland Bridge, not London Bridge, is falling, and of course, there’s… Read More

The telling of one of the most well-known stories in te ao Māori has been republished to appeal to the youngest of readers. The winner of the Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award for a much-loved book, How Maui Slowed The Sun, is Peter Gossage’s telling of the tale. While the book had been around for a long time… Read More

A skilfully-written literary novel, The Necessary Angel takes us into the world of books, with a tale peopled by academics, writers and lecturers immersed in literature. Set in 2014, the novel follows the story of Max, an expat Kiwi who ‘had lived in Paris long enough to feel at ease’ who is married to a… Read More

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

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

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

This enjoyable memoir is cleverly constructed with surprises throughout.  The life story of a young upper class British child expands across three continents and reaches the far flung antipodes closing with life as a £10 Pom in New Zealand.  Shelagh Duckham’s clarity of view brings different experiences to light as her family leaves their luxurious and… Read More

Air Born thrills from the opening pages.  17-year-old Tyler has been experiencing back pain, but it has been ignoring it as he doesn’t want to miss out on doing his first solo skydive. But during his skydive, the completely unexpected happens when wings emerge from his back – wings that save his life at the… Read More

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