Recommended Reads

In an era where cooking and nutrition advice is often just a Google search away, the future of the good old fashioned print cookbook might seem uncertain. Gone are the times of our parent’s era, when cooking instructions came in the form of New Zealand’s culinary staple Edmonds Cookery book, or – for the very… Read More

Assigned female at birth, Nevo Zisin has had a complex relationship with gender. Now identifying as non-binary, the 21-year-old student and activist wasn't born in the wrong body. Nevo just wants everyone to catch-up with all that Nevo is. From 'coming out' as lesbian at 15, to transitioning to present as male at the age of 17… Read More

This delightful picture book asks the question, ‘What makes mums so special?’ And it turns out that there are many, everyday things that make mothers special, and I’m sure families will respond well to the story and charming illustrations that depict a variety of family situations that are relatable and gently humorous. One of my… Read More

Amercian War is an extraordinary novel – emotionally powerful, challenging and thought-provoking. Omar El Akkad imagines a second American civil war in the future, that feels as if it could be happening right now, such is the power of his prose, and realism of the conflict. The book centres around Sarat Chestnut from Louisiana, who… Read More

Lane Roanoke is fifteen when she comes to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, at the Roanoke family's rural estate following the suicide of her mother. Over one long, hot summer, Lane experiences the benefits of being one of the beloved beautiful Roanoke girls. What she slowly comes to realise though, is that… Read More

This gripping, page-turning thriller will have you on the edge of your seat from the opening paragraph until the final page. Hunter Grant is an Afghanistan army veteran who has now settled back in New Zealand. He hopes he has left the war behind, but when he finds an unconscious young woman in the Northland… Read More

This was quite simply a roller coaster of a novel. It has everything that is needed from a good psychological thriller. None of us react well when there are too many rules, but when an architect creates hundred of rules about how to live in one of the houses he built, there are only a… Read More

What an excellent book; a really engrossing read that is brilliantly written. Sometimes it is hard to pinpoint exactly what it is about a novel that makes it so good, and makes you read it in a rush. Just making the reader eager to keep turning the pages is one of those factors. But for… Read More

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