book review

There has been lots of hype and many glowing reviews of Lincoln in the Bardo, but I have to confess that I can't see what all the fuss is about. I think I was expecting more. Without a doubt it is an experimental novel; it certainly shows us that pushing the boundaries with fiction has… Read More

The Roaring Silence is a collection of articles, interviews, poetry, fiction, prose, and art on the sensitive subject matter of suicide. It is a book that aims to demystify suicide and inspire conversations about suicide prevention. It is a visually appealing book, with artwork and photographs that are thought-provoking, sometimes challenging, but always presented with… 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

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

In contemporary Western society, the concept of female self-starvation is something that most of us would have encountered, whether it is through popular diet plans that make claims on how to achieve the ideal svelte figure broadcast by fashionable celebrities, to the other end of the spectrum, where girls and women seek to self-regulate their… Read More

You have to get to a certain age to really be able to appreciate a book like this. You have to be able to look back on your childhood with a few years of perspective to be able to understand and articulate your reading habits and the effect that they may have had on your… Read More

Miss Ona Vitkus has lived unobtrusively, her secrets fiercely protected for over a century. A boy, with his passion for world records, changes all that. He is eleven. She is 104. He makes her feel like she might be really special after all. Only it's been a fortnight since he last visited and Ona is… Read More

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