An Unreal House Filled with Real Storms – Elizabeth Knox

Not so much a book as a … bound pamphlet? (in the traditional sense), An Unreal House Filled with Real Storms is a print edition of Elizabeth Knox’s inaugural Margaret Mahy Memorial Lecture, that she originally delivered in August 2014. How lucky those were who could be there to hear it! Just reading it is a […]

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Run Thomas Run by Kate Carty

Run Thomas Run by Kate Carty, Escalator Press, ISBN 9780473295240 Novels about Assyrians, Iraq and the 1991 and 2003 wars/invasions/emancipations(?) aren’t exactly a “genre” for New Zealand writers but Kate Carty is uniquely set up to have produced this novel. According to her bio she married into an Assyrian Iraqi family which probably explains why […]

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The Sunken by S.C. Green

The Sunken by S.C. Green, Grymm & Epic Publishing, available on Amazon. It’s 1830s London. Increasing numbers of dragons are invading the city. King George III is still alive but slowly degenerating into a mad, flesh-eating, blood-sucking monster. Science, art and engineering are the politics, religion and philosophy of the masses and the Royal Society […]

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Shifting Colours by Fiona Sussman

My short review of Shifting Colours by Fiona Sussman from the NZ Herald on Sunday: Shifting Colours by Fiona Sussman (Alison & Busby) A beautiful and emotional story, Shifting Colours takes us back to apartheid South Africa, exploring maternal love and social bonds. Miriam is black and is adopted by the white employers of her […]

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