An Interview with Nicky Pellegrino

New Zealand-resident author Nicky Pellegrino recently released her eighth novel, One Summer in Venice. She kindly agreed to answer some questions about the book, food and more for BookieMonster! One Summer in Venice features interesting and different female characters. Did you have a favourite? Coco is by far my favourite character. She is a fabulous […]

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Book review: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

Ishiguro returns with an intriguing, infuriating masterpiece The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro, Faber & Faber, ISBN 9780571315048, RRP $36.99 It’s been ten years since Ishiguro’s last novel, Never Let Me Go*. Ten long years for Ishiguro fans like me. The announcement of a new novel was a welcome relief. The Buried Giant is the […]

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Book review: The Chimes by Anna Smaill

The Chimes by Anna Smaill, Sceptre, ISBN 9781444794533, RRP$34.99 What if we didn’t remember things? What if memory meant so little to us that we let things go, not even knowing what they were? What if our world was so full of music, both beautiful and dangerous, that it crowded out our memories? That’s the […]

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Book review: There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake

There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake, Bloomsbury, ISBN9781408856000, RRP $24.99 Some books you read the blurb for and get rather excited about. Expectations run high… which can always lead to dashed hopes. That rather dramatic opening is basically my way of saying I really had high hopes for There Will Be Lies but ultimately […]

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Book review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Doubleday, ISBN 9780857522320, RRP NZ$36.99 Unreliable narrators are all the rage these days, as are unlikeable narrators. It’s a fine line though, unreliable can veer into the ridiculous while unlikeable can end up unreadable. It takes a good author (and a good editor, I suspect) to keep […]

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