NZ Book Council - Books Shape You
The 50 best New Zealand books
Can anyone suggest a good historical fiction book or series that deals comprehensively with New Zealand's history We will be visiting there for 5 weeks starting in mid-February and we thought we'd like to read something other than a guide or history book before the trip. Any suggestions? To my knowledge nothing like 'Alaska" has been written about NZ. We are probably to small to attract a sufficient audience. Don't know why I couldn't find a NZ link, probably didn't look hard enough.
New Zealand has some of the most dramatic landscape in the world, as well as a fascinating history. Cemetery Lake , by Paul Cleave. Paul Cleave writes thrillers set in Christchurch. Blurb : What began as a routine exhumation of a suspected murder victim quickly turns complicated for private investigator Theodore Tate… Theo Tate is barely coping with life since his world was turned upside down two years ago. As he stands in the cold and rainy cemetery, overseeing the exhumation, the lake opposite the graveyard begins to release its grip on the murky past. When doubts are raised about the true identity of the body found in the coffin, the case takes an even more sinister turn.
With the Auckland Writer's Festival about to get underway, here are five classic novels by Auckland authors you need to have read to truly understand local literature. With strong characters, dramatic story lines and deep plots these are books by Aucklanders and often infused with Auckland style.
stephen hawking was born in oxford england in 1942
Each tale offers a sensitive portrayal of the human condition, from the issues that surround family life to a loss in personal identity. Yet another way to gain an insight into kiwi culture, and the lifestyle that makes kiwi people the characters we are. You may have to adapt to a few new words, as we have a peculiar variation of English with the odd colloquialism and slang, unique to our lands.
Right then. In an age where best-of lists are relentless and immediately open to assorted howls of outrage, the Listener dares to rank the best 50 books ever published in New Zealand. They have been selected from nominations cast by a panel of 20 literary types around the country - novelists, academics, historians, biographers, poets, publishers, editors and critics. They were simply asked to choose the best books - based on merit, not on sales or prizes, sentimentality or a sense of obligation - written by New Zealand authors. That was always going to be subjective, a matter of opinion.
The Herald's literary review team have come up with their best ten fiction and best ten non-fiction New Zealand books from the last decade. Set on the island of Bougainville during Papua New Guinea's brutal civil war, Mister Pip tells the story of year-old Matilda Laimo, whose elderly European school teacher Tom Watts mesmerises his class by reading them passages from Dickens' Great Expectations. It was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize and won the Commonwealth Prize for writing. The winner of the Deutz Medal for Fiction or Poetry at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, Blindsight is a story about complex family relationships - in this case the relationship between protagonist Alice Ferry and her estranged brother Gordon. Alice and her brother are worth the effort it takes to get to know them.