Book Reviews

Book Reviews 19 June 2019

A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes. In the middle of the night, Creusa wakes to find her beloved Troy engulfed in flames. Ten seemingly endless years of brutal conflict between the Greeks and the Trojans are over, and the Greeks are victorious....... Read More

Nutting out the Kiwi psyche

A collection of reflections along eight themes is probably the best way to describe Seeking the Centre, Living Well in Aotearoa, a self-published book by retired Anglican bishop John Bluck, of Pakiri. For Kiwis of a certain vintage, many of the stories...... Read More

Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel

By Ruth Hogan In her new novel, Ruth Hogan (bestselling author of The Keeper of Lost Things and The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes) writes an uplifting novel of mothers, daughters, families, secrets and the overriding power of friendship. Tilly was a bright,...... Read More

The Wall

by John Lanchester Kavanagh begins his life patrolling the Wall. If he’s lucky, if nothing goes wrong, he only has two years of this, 729 more nights. The best thing that can happen is that he survives and gets off the Wall and never has to spend...... Read More

The Rosie Result

by Graeme Simsion At last, the final instalment of the internationally bestselling series that began with The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect.  Don and Rosie are back in Melbourne after a decade in New York, and they are about to face their...... Read More

Black Leopard Red Wolf

by Marlon James Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter – and he always works alone. But when he is engaged to find a child who disappeared three years ago, he must break his own rules, joining a group of eight very different...... Read More

Mahurangi Matters Book Reviews

Becoming By Michelle Obama In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As first lady of the United States of America – the first African-American to...... Read More

Fiction favourites of 2018

As the year draws to a close, Matakana Village Books announces its top selling fiction titles for 2018 ... Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman Smart, uplifting debut novel with an unlikely and extraordinary heroine. A Ladder to...... Read More

Bad Blood – Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

by John Carreyrou This is one of those stories where truth is stranger than fiction. It is set in the gold rush frenzy of Silicon Valley and has been described as the biggest corporate fraud since Enron. In 2015, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth...... Read More

The Silence of the Girls

by Pat Barker This is Pat Barker’s brilliant retelling of The Iliad.  This is a story about the very real cost of wars waged by men, but told from the point of view of the women taken as spoils of war.  Some of these women captives...... Read More