Faves & Raves 2013
The Embassy of Cambodia – Zadie Smith $18 Stunning short story - tiny book, huge impact
May We Be Forgiven – A M Homes $25 Winner 2013 Women’s Fiction Prize. Outrageously brilliant.
Gossip from the Forest – Sara Maitland $30 Trees & fairytales, nature & imagination. Enchanting!
Sylvia Plath Drawings – edited by Frieda Hughes (her daughter) $37 Artwork as exquisite as her poems
Fifty Shades of Feminism – edited by Lisa Appignanesi, Rachel Holmes & Susie Orbach $30 Short, sharp, illuminating.
Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead – Sheryl Sandberg $37 COO of Facebook candidly encourages women to take risks
The View on the Way Down – Rebecca Wait $38 Achingly beautiful study of a family in grief
The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt $40 ‘Lost’ teenage boys & international art theft - magnificent
Dark Sparring: Poems – Selina Tusitala Marsh $28 Kickboxing, hypnotic rhythms, literary shoutouts
Life After Life – Kate Atkinson $37 Utterly original & enticing, toying with time & fate.
The Fall of Light – Sarah Laing $38 Clever Auckland architect novel with illustrations
The Round House – Louise Erdrich $37 Native American boy deals with the assault on his mother - riveting, moving
The Last Days of the National Costume – Anne Kennedy $37 Witty, poetic novel set in 1998 Auckland power blackout.
The Hired Man– Aminatta Forna $37 In Croatia, English visitors are ignorant of past war scars. Powerful.
Americanah– Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie $35 Nigerians in UK & USA – stunning, challenging expose of racism
The Burgess Boys – Elizabeth Strout $30 Family tensions have to be faced; superb writing
The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton $35 It deserved to win! Yay for Eleanor!
The Life and Art of Lynley Dodd – Finlay Macdonald $50 Gorgeously illustrated tribute to Hairy Maclary’s creator.