Top 10 New Zealand books of the decade - NZ HeraldPhoto: Getty Images. I ntroducing our new weekly top 10 sales chart of the best-selling New Zealand books. Great title, good premise for a novel: Jenny Reynolds, a part-time building control officer and full-time mum, discovers her husband has been sleeping with the next door neighbour. Four strangers arrive in a beautiful town nestled in the mountains of Basilicata, in Italy; Pellegrino shapes another entertaining escapist adventure, full of good food and nice scenery. Set in the Academy of Art in St Petersburg!
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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.
List of titles published in the past 3 months Jul - Oct By Atwood, Margaret. The wait is over And so I step up, into the darkness within; Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead. The other inspiration is the world we've been living in. Add to Basket. Illustrated by Pilkey, Dav.
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. Set in a Burgundy vineyard, The Vintner's Luck explores the relationship between vintner Sobran Jodeau and an angel Xas who visits him on the same night every year. After the initial rapture of experiencing good traditional storytelling peppered with great prose, it is the hidden depths that make this a rich and satisfying experience, one to savour again and again.
Wondering what to read next, or looking for a book as a gift for someone special in your life? We regularly update this list of our current bestselling books so you can keep your finger on the pulse of our most popular reads. These are our top books of the moment. The fourth title in Rick Riordan's Trials of Apollo series - set in the funny, mythical and action-packed world of Percy Jackson. Eagerly awaited, must-read new science book from the UK's bestselling non-fiction writer. The sixth book in a bestselling junior fiction series inspired by true stories from the Wilson Sisters' childhoods.
Ngaio Marsh was one of the greatest crime writers of her time. In Died in The Wool, the author takes things back to her Kiwi roots to produce one of her most intriguing murder mysteries. Set on a South Island sheep station in , the story begins with the disappearance of Flossie Rubrick, a distinguished woman who simply vanishes after going into a woolshed to practise a speech, only to turn up three months later dead and bundled in some woolen bales. Pre-World War I Europe is the main setting for these stories, with a contrast between the Germans and the British being a constant throughout. The book earned Mahy a Carnegie Medal the year it was published, and a film adaptation The Haunting of Barney Palmer was released in Its story is centred around a shy 8-year-old boy named Barry Palmer who discovers that he and his family have a powerful connection to the spiritual world.
A couple of years ago I was delighted to hear that a book I had written had made the national weekly bestsellers charts. I eagerly looked up the charts on the Booksellers website and found the appropriate category - New Zealand Non-fiction. But my book wasn't there. I discovered it, eventually, under International Non-fiction. As gratifying as it was to be in such celebrated company, I wondered how my book could have been mistaken for an overseas title. The explanation?