Reviews

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

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

Eivor The Explorer, born in the Faroe Islands in 1841, makes revolutionary Arctic discoveries but is forced to publish under a male colleague's name. Ro, The Biographer, struggles to write Eivor's story and conceive a child before the law changes making her efforts illegal. Susan, The Mother, loves her two children but can't compete with The Perfects. Is it grass fed beef or grain fed that she's supposed to buy? And why did she choose to have children when she could have gone to law school?

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.

14 Jun 2018

Endangered by Eliot Schrefer

Endangered is a Young Adult novel: Sophie, 14, splits her time between the United States, where she lives with her father, and the Democratic Republic of Congo where she visits her Mother in the holidays. Her mother runs a Bonobo sanctuary out of Kinshasa. Sophie is pretty savvy about the dangers and corruption in the Congo, but that doesn’t stop her paying a trafficker for an infant Bonobo on the way from the airport to her mother’s sanctuary, a Bonobo she names Otto.

11 Jun 2018

The New Animals by Pip Adam

“All this sweet hope lost. Lost to time, to dust, to heat. Like the dinosaurs’ hopes, like the fish that left the sea, like the fish that stayed in the sea knew they wouldn’t see one another again” – but can hope be regained? Is there somewhere we can start again?

7 Jun 2018

Sodden Downstream by Branavan Gnanalingam

Sita is on a zero-hours cleaning contract and is the only wage earner in her family. Her husband, Thiru, is currently only able to contribute a Work and Income benefit, and her son, Satish, is still at school. So, when her boss demands she turn up for work in Wellington, despite a cyclone, road closures and no public transport, she leaves Naenae and heads South.