Blogs in February 2021

Plumb 5th February 2021

Long regarded as one of the finest novels ever written by a New Zealander, Maurice Gee’s Plumb introduces us to the intolerant, irascible clergyman George Plumb, one of the most memorable characters in New Zealand literature. Half saint, half...

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Rangatira 5th February 2021

Auckland, June 1886. Ngati Wai chief Paratene Te Manu spends long sessions, over three long days, having his portrait painted by the Bohemian painter Gottfried Lindauer. Hearing of Lindauer’s planned trip to England reminds him of his own journey...

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The Cleaner 5th February 2021

An international bestseller and one of the top-selling novels in New Zealand’s history, Paul Cleave’s dark thriller is a brilliant, bloody masterpiece. Joe is in control of everything in his simple life – both his day job as a...

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The Denniston Rose 5th February 2021

A number one bestseller, this favourite New Zealand novel captures a real 19th century community. The bleak coal – mining settlement of Denniston, isolated high on a plateau above New Zealand’s West Coast, is a place that makes or...

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This Mortal Boy 5th February 2021

An utterly compelling recreation of the events that led to one of the last executions in New Zealand. Albert Black, known as the ‘jukebox killer’, was only twenty when he was convicted of murdering another young man in a...

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