contemporary

I found this novel excellent. It worked so well on lots of levels. Very simply, it is the story of an extended family over time. It begins at the christening party for Franny Keating, where the uninvited Bert Cousins turns up and kisses Beverley Keating, the young girl's mother. This sets the whole story in… Read More

Harmless Like You tells the parallel stories of Yuki, a young Japanese woman living in 1960s New York, and Jay, the son she subsequently abandons. When Yuki is 16 her family move back to Tokyo but, despite having no friends, she decides to stay on in America to pursue her true love, art. The story of… Read More

Back in 2014, well-known author Kate de Goldi approached Gecko Press publisher Julia Marshall with an idea aimed to revitalize the reading experience for upper primary school children and create lifetime readers. Those children, and their families, are lucky Marshall jumped at the opportunity and took a punt on Annual.  "We wanted Annual to be a game… Read More

Matt Renshaw returns from his daily run, opens the door of his cheap, rented apartment and discovers a life he does not recognise. His new girlfriend is flawless, he’s written a best selling novel, and, for the first time in his life, he has money in his bank account. His dreams have come true. Yet… Read More

Charlotte Grimshaw is an award wining short story writer, novelist, and reviewer.  In The Night Book Grimshaw takes a sharp look at contemporary society. It's like a cut away slice. Like she's driven a big knife into a model of the earth and pulled out a wedge, so we can see the different layers. This… Read More

J. Ryan Stradal’s debut novel, Kitchens of the Great Midwest, is a fantastic stew of adventures, quirks and comestibles in the state of Minnesota, USA. The author, who grew up in this region, draws significantly from his own culinary experiences and childhood memories of Scandinavian food (fancy a plate of lutefisk, anyone?), mixing it well… Read More

Go Set A Watchman is the most anticipated book of 2015. Ever since it was announced that Harper Lee would be publishing a second novel, I, for one, eagerly anticipated its arrival. Harper Lee’s first and Pulitzer Prize winning novel To Kill A Mockingbird (1960) is possibly the most beloved book of American history –… Read More

It’s 1998 in the first half of Hamish Clayton’s second novel, The Pale North, and Wellington has been destroyed by a series of earthquakes. Ash, a New Zealand writer, is compelled to return from London where he has been living by a mysterious voice on his answer machine simply saying “Come back”. He wanders Wellington’s… Read More

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