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Hill of Grace, by Stephen Orr

Hill of Grace, Stephen Orr’s second novel published in 2004 is destined to be one of my top ten novels for 2016.  Like The Hands, 1,416 more words

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The Empress Lover, by Linda Jaivin

The Empress Lover is Linda Jaivin’s sixth novel, but I ‘discovered’ her when I went to a translation symposium where she talked about the perils of translating Chinese films for subtitles and then read her… 664 more words

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Real Modern, Everyday New Zealand in the 1950s and 1960s, by Bronwyn Labrum

Real Modern: Everyday New Zealand in the 1950s and 1960s by Bronwyn Labrum is a sumptuous ‘coffee-table’ book, and as the sub-title suggests, it’s a history of New Zealand life in the middle of the 20th century.  1,947 more words

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The Secret Chord, by Geraldine Brooks

The Secret Chord is perhaps not one of Geraldine Brook’s most successful novels.  It was not quite what I had had in mind as an easy read to romp through in the drowsy days following Christmas and New Year.  709 more words

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Sensational Snippets: The Back of His Head, by Patrick Evans

I love every bit of this delicious satire, but I just had to share this snippet with you.  This is Peter Orr, guardian of the literary heritage of Raymond Lawrence, describing the painting of his hero in The Residence: 298 more words

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Ghost River, by Tony Birch

The river men told prison stories, drinking stories, lost dog stories, and tales of their years on the road. Ren was a good listener and quickly understood there were strict rules governing how a story was told and listened to.

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2015 ANZ LitLovers Best Books of the Year

Update 30/12/15: I have a late addition to this list.  It’s The Back of His Head by Kiwi author Patrick Evans, and it makes my final five into a final six. 638 more words

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