Books - November 2020 Reads

By: Tracey Lawton

Pull No Punches

Pull No Punches

By Judith Collins, Allen & Unwin, rrp $36.99

Judith Collins and the National Party obviously didn’t win the 2020 election, but no doubt there’s another book in it for Ms Collins. Pull No Punches is a straightforward account of Judith’s life up to this point. She briefly talks about her childhood, her family, and then her time as a lawyer and a business woman. The main thrust of the book appears to be to set the record straight. This is Judith’s side of the story – Oravida, John Key, Jami-Lee Ross etc.  Unfortunately, the book lacks warmth and I would have enjoyed more personal insights.  However, the book is an easy read and Judith Collins’ fans should enjoy it.

Burnt Sugar

Burnt Sugar

By Avni Doshi, Penguin, rrp $35.00

This is a fabulously written story about that sometimes difficult relationship between a mother and her daughter. Tara left her husband to join an ashram, and even though she took her young daughter with her, Antara was often left to fend for herself. Now as an adult married woman and an artist, Antara is watching her mother’s descent into dementia with a degree of fascination and horror. Longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, this is a rewarding but uncomfortable read.

Tracey Lawton


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