Great New Zealand books I’ve enjoyed #nzbookmonth

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I read quite a lot of New Zealand books – I read them because I like good writing not because of where the author lives.

This NZ Book Month what not buy a New Zealand book to read? It’s easy to download the $5-off voucher from the NZ Book Month website but harder to know what to choose. Here’s some of my favourites (in no particular order)…

Young Adult
Red Rocks by Rachael King
Under the Mountain by Maurice Gee
The 10pm Question by Kate De Goldi

Plays
The Pohutakawa Tree by Bruce Mason

Novels
The Hut Builder by Laurence Fearnley – if you live in Canterbury just buy this one for the descriptions alone.
The Forrests by Emily Perkins – in my non-scientific study people under 50 enjoy this more than people over 50
Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones – made my cry on the train home
A Boy and his Uncle by Anne Kennedy – I loved this at Art School

Janet Frame
Owls Do Cry
To the Is-land
Yellow Flowers in the Antipodean Room/The Carpathians 
Living in the Maniototo

Short stories
Coming up Roses by Sarah Laing – the book I judge all other short story books against.

by Emma McCleary, Web Editor at Booksellers NZ.

7 thoughts on “Great New Zealand books I’ve enjoyed #nzbookmonth

  1. The Forrests was a great book wasn’t it? It took me a while to settle into to it, but I loved it. It totally took me to another world. Great book.

    • Absolutely. I put my back out and spent a couple of days lying on the floor reading it, which was the most indulgent way to do it (minus the back pain). I think it’s a novel that you really want to dive into whole-heartedly. (Emma).

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  3. You so need The Conductor by Sarah Quigley on there, and Bulibasha by Witi Ihimaera, and Cousins by Patricia Grace, and So Brilliantly Clever by Peter Graham, and so many more!!

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