Recommended Reads

The subtitle, Forbidden Love in a Hostile World, is a good summary of Mandy Hager’s new book. It is a dense work of historical fiction, rich with actual quotes from the main characters and a deep understanding of the history of the time. The story is a familiar one, that of Heloise and Abelard, lovers… Read More

With shades of Clave of the Cave Bears and The Hunger Games, Slave Power is the first in a new series. Set in the East of the Black Sea around 300 BC, this is a tale of Amazon Tribes under threat from slave traders who are showing no mercy as they attack the peaceful tribes… Read More

Imagine waking up from a coma with 10 years of memory missing. This is what confronts Rebecca, the principal character of Brushstrokes Of Memory upon waking up in hospital after suffering a head injury. Apart from the missing ten years of her life, Rebecca also has to deal with a number of changes in the… Read More

The Secret of Black Rock is a modern environmental fable, written and illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton. Erin lives with her fisherwomen mother in a fishing town. She’s taught by the adults she can’t go out to sea as it’s too dangerous because of the Black Rock, where terrible things are said to happen. But plucky… Read More

Last year Elizabeth Strout’s novel My Name is Lucy Barton was one of the long list nominations for the Man Booker Prize. It is a hugely enjoyable novel about a young woman who leaves behind a poverty-stricken rural upbringing to move to New York, where she becomes a successful writer. Forced to spend some weeks… Read More

Fifteen-year-old Rebecca McQuilten moves with her parents from Dunedin to Auckland. Lonely, but trying to fit in, she goes to a party, and that's where things really fall apart. Things begin to look up when she meets her gregarious sixteen-year-old neighbour, Cory Marshall, and he helps her piece her life back together. But that's before… Read More

This is the third novel from author Mark McGinn featuring lawyer Sasha Stace. I haven’t read the first two books, but that was no barrier to reading this excellent crime novel. Sasha Stace is a dedicated, feisty lawyer, looking to make a difference when she takes on defence cases. But she is disillusioned after a… Read More

Award-winning novelist Paddy Richardson latest novel Through the Lonesome Dark is a departure from her previous crime novels. In this compelling historical novel, she looks at a dark time in the past.  Set on the West Coast of New Zealand before the First World War, it follows the story of Pansy, Clem and Otto from… Read More

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