Book Reviews

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

The Best of A.A. Gill

By A.A. Gill For more than 20 years, people turned to A.A. Gill’s columns for his fearlessness, his perception, and the laughter and tear provoking one-liners – but mostly because he was the best.  This is the definitive collection...... Read More

All the Beautiful Girls

By Elizabeth J. Church In the summer of 1968, Ruby Wilde is the toast of Las Vegas - Showgirl of the Year, in her feathers and rhinestones, five-inch heels and sky-high headdresses. She mesmerises audiences of movie stars, gamblers and astronauts,...... Read More

The Earth Cries Out

By Bonnie Etherington Also longlisted for the 2018 Ockham Acorn Fiction Prize is this debut novel from Bonnie Etherington. After the accidental death of Ruth’s five-year-old sister, their father decides that atonement and healing are in order,...... Read More