Book Reviews

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

The Secret Gardeners:

Britain’s creatives reveal their private sanctuaries By Victoria Summerley This stunning coffee table book reveals the private gardening passions of 25 notable creatives. Individuals who are not normally known for their gardening skills show...... Read More

Kiwi Backyard:

Inspirational landscape design ideas and plans for your own backyard By Andrew Ellis Andy Ellis is probably better known as an All Black but he is also an award-winning landscape designer. He won a supreme Award at the Ellerslie Flower Show and a gold...... Read More

Catch me when you fall

A shortlist of 28 titles in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults has just been released. It’s a rich and varied array of the best titles – from picture books to Te Reo to the “best first book”. Selecting winners...... Read More

The Good Mothers

by Alex Perry This is the true story of the women who took on the world’s most powerful mafia ’Ndrangheta. Founded more than 150 years ago in the toe of Italy, the ’Ndrangheta is today one of the most powerful organised crime groups,...... Read More

Death Actually

by Rosy Fenwicke Maggie inherits the family funeral parlour after her parents die in a helicopter crash. She returns home with baby Nick, toddler Kate, and no husband in sight.  With the support of her best friend, Elka, and her mentor, Betty,...... Read More


by Madeline Miller Madeline Miller is the author of the Orange Prize-winning The Song of Achilles. This time she turns her attention on Circe, the daughter of Helios, god of the sun, and Perse, daughter of Oceanos, god of the oceans. Circe has neither...... Read More