what I'm currently reading

Miranda Sherry - Black Dog SummerBlack Dog Summer

Miranda Sherry

A murdered mother lingers in the afterworld, following the different threads of story that belong to those left behind.

Sandy Geyer - My Long Flight From FreedomMy Long Flight From Freedom

Sandy Geyer

South African born Sandy Geyer's frank and heartfelt account of why she left her homeland and moved with her family to New Zealand

Will Schwalbe: The End of Your Life Book ClubThe End Of Your Life Book Club

Will Schwalbe

The journey of a mother's terminal illness facilitated and shared with her son through books. A memoir.

Lloyd Jones - A History of SilenceA History of Silence

Lloyd Jones

The devastating Christchurch earthquake of 2011 served as a catalyst for this arresting memoir, which unearths and pieces together long-hidden truths within the author's family. This book lingered with me long after the last page.

THE CAT'S TABLE by Michael Ondaatje The Cat's Table

Michael Ondaatje

A sea voyage from Sri Lanka to Britain throws three young boys together. The friendships forged and their adventures on board the Oronsay will resonate long into their adult lives."

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd The Invention of Wings

Sue Monk Kidd

"The Invention of Wings" is another powerful and beautifully written novel by Sue Monk Kidd, based on the true story of Sarah Grimke – a woman who fought tirelessly for both the abolition of slavery and women’s rights at the start of the nineteenth century. A harsh and poignant reminder of this era in America's history.

Alan Paton - CRY THE BELOVED COUNTRYCRY THE BELOVED COUNTRY

Alan Paton

I first read ‘Cry the Beloved Country’ many years ago. On reading it again, I have been reminded what a moving work it is – and brave for its time (1948), written when apartheid was just taking shape in South Africa.

Toni Morrison - BelovedBeloved

Toni Morrison

This deeply affecting and heartbreaking story by American Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison.

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK by Piper KermanORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

Piper Kerman

A rare and enlightening account of life behind bars in a US federal women’s prison. 'Orange is the New Black' raises many questions about modern society’s attitude towards crime and punishment.

Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell.Instructions for a Heatwave.

Maggie O'Farrell

The Riordan family regroups following the mysterious disappearance of their loving father and husband. An insightful portrait of a family in crisis. 

NoViolet Bulawayo - We Need New NamesWe Need New Names

NoViolet Bulawayo

Told in the innocent voice of ten-year-old Darling, 'We Need New Names' is both a humorous and heartbreaking story about growing up in contemporary Zimbabwe (2005+) and the challenges of emigration.

Ann Patchett: This is the Story of a Happy MarriageThis is the Story of a Happy Marriage

Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett offers a memoir-like compilation of some of the most significant moments and experiences in her life. The book affords a rare and candid insight into her world.

Witi Ihimeara - THE PARIHAKA WOMANThe Parihaka Woman

Witi Ihimeara

Witi Ihimeara seamlessly blends fact with fiction to create an engaging and moving read about an important period in Maori history.

The Luminaries

Eleanor Catton

A satisfying murder mystery set during the nineteenth century New Zealand gold rush. This intriguing yarn never once flagged; I kept turning the pages - all 832 of them! As a winner of the Man Booker Prize, The Luminaries is a great example of accessible literary fiction.

SNOWDROPS - A.D. MillerSNOWDROPS

A.D. Miller

This novel navigates the murky underworld of modern Moscow, where everything has a price and life is cheap. Miller draws the reader so completely into the bleak physical and moral landscape that it takes a while to reorientate after reading the last page. 

The Street Sweeper by Elliot PerlmanThe Street Sweeper

Elliot Perlman

An ambitious work set against a vast backdrop that encompasses both the horrors of the Holocaust and the American civil rights movement.

PERFECT by Rachel JoycePERFECT

Rachel Joyce

From the author of ‘The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry’ comes a much darker tale about one mistake with unimaginable consequences.

Mukiwa. A White Boy in Africa by Peter GodwinMukiwa. A White Boy in Africa

Peter Godwin

Peter Godwin has written a compelling memoir of growing up in Rhodesia in the 1960’s during the last years of white rule. Beautifully written and powerfully evoked.

Natasha Solomon - Mr Rosenblum's ListMr Rosenblum's List

Natasha Solomon

A delightful, humorous and poignant read. This book got a big ‘yes’ from me.

Kevin Powers - The Yellow BirdsThe Yellow Birds

Kevin Powers

A haunting account of two young soldiers' bid to stay alive during their tour of duty in Iraq. Deeply affecting.

Michael Lavigne - NOT MENot Me

Michael Lavigne

In this novel, the truth for one man – Michael Rosenheim – is tipped on its head. A captivating tale that challenges society’s traditional definitions of good and evil, and leaves the reader grappling with moral uncertainties.

Rachel Joyce - The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold FryThe Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Rachel Joyce

I found myself looking at the world with different eyes by the end of Harold's journey. A must read!

Gillian Flynn: Gone GirlGone Girl

Gillian Flynn

An unsettling thriller that had me hooked from the opening line.

Annie Barrows, Mary Ann Shaffer - The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold FryThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Annie Barrows, Mary Ann Shaffer

An epistolary novel set in 1946, following the end of the German occupation of Guernsey. A charming and uplifting read celebrating the power of the written word and the ability of the human spirit to rise above adversity.