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7 Aug 2018

Caroline's Bikini by Kirsty Gunn

Emily Stuart is a writer patching her various writing jobs together to make a living in London. Evan Gordonston is her childhood friend whose family ended up living in the States. When Evan moves back to London, a friend of Emily’s suggests lodging for Evan, he meets his new landlady. And – BANG!

6 Aug 2018

This Mortal Boy by Fiona Kidman

Albert Black has been accused of murder, and the death penalty stands, “Will goodness and mercy prevail?” - alas no, not in 1950s New Zealand, not with the shadow of the Second World War affecting how politicians make decisions, and not with the prejudicial Mazengarb Report being delivered to every household in the country, spreading moral panic.

17 Jul 2018

The Second Grave by Ian Austin

Dan Calder is settled in New Zealand after his hectic time in The agency, the first in the Dan Calder trilogy. He has settled down with Tara Danes (from The agency) and they have adopted a dog, Jet. Dan is doing contract work for the Police and all is calm, until he gets a call from his old mate Nick Hetherington. Then Dan flies back to the UK to help Nick, whose daughter, Amber, has been arrested and accused of unlawful killing, possibly murder.

10 Jul 2018

Rotoroa by Amy Head

Rotoroa is the story of three quite different people who all end up in the same place for a while. The time is significant: New Zealand in the 1950s, post-war, emerging rock and roll, six o’clock swills, the bridge going up in Auckland and mushroom clouds appearing over atolls in the South Pacific.

25 Jun 2018

The New Ships by Kate Duignan

Peter Collie is mourning the death of his wife Moira. In this fragile state he discovers that he was ignorant of much of Moira’s past, and even of her recent life. The tense relationship with his son Aaron, Moira’s biological son that he has fathered since birth, is almost at breaking point. And he makes some very bad decisions that threaten his career as a lawyer in a prestigious Wellington law firm.