This month we are featuring New Zealand writers in our ‘Other Genre’ fiction category. All these new publications promise many hours of great reading. Included is the highly recommended novel by London based New Zealand writer Janina Matthewson, titled, Of Things Gone Astray, just magical.
The silver gaucho : a novel / Jackie Ballantyne. “The Silver Gaucho is dead and across Argentine an entire nation is in mourning. But for adventurer Lockie Steele, the death of the television idol is merely one part of a puzzling family mystery. Why does the wealthy manipulative Mabon family wish to engage her services, and why are they prepared to go to such lengths to protect their secrets? Why has the Silver Gaucho’s brother disappeared without a trace in New Zealand and what are the family conflicts that force him to remain hidden?”(Adapted from Book cover)
The silk thief / Deborah Challinor. “1831: Assigned to a good family in Sydney Town and now learning the art of tattoo, convict girl Harrie Clarke is still haunted by the horror of the brutal murder she and her friends Friday Woolfe and Sarah Morgan committed the previous year. Powerful and vindictive criminal Bella Jackson continues to demand money in exchange for her silence regarding the crime. And it seems that Harrie and her fervent and long-time admirer James Downey might finally be united an act of pure nastiness severely threatens their chances and Harrie’s life.” (Adapted from Book cover)
Five minutes alone : a thriller / Paul Cleave. “Carl Schroder and Theodore Tate, labeled “The Coma Cops” by the media, are both getting their lives back into shape. Tate has returned to the police force and is enjoying some much-needed domestic bliss. For Schroder, life has been a little more challenging. The bullet he took in the head six months ago hasn’t killed him, yet. Only he doesn’t care. In fact he, he doesn’t care about much of anything. The bullet has switched off his emotions. When the body of a convicted rapist is found, obliterated by an oncoming train, Tate works the case, trying to determine whether it was murder or suicide. Then the following night, two more rapists go missing. It’s hard to investigate when everyone on the police force seems to be rooting for whoever is killing these criminals.” (Adapted from Book cover)
How to be a public author / Francis Plug [a.k.a. by] Paul Ewen. “How To Be A Public Author is a novel all about the Man Booker, using the prize as a springboard to explore what it means to be an author and a human being in the 21st century. It documents a series of fictitious happenings at real author events, as visited by the wonderful anti-hero Francis Plug, a troubled and often drunk misfit who causes chaos and confusion wherever he goes.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Reach / Laurence Fearnley.
“Quinn is a successful artist creating new works for an upcoming exhibition. She lives on the coast with Marcus, a vet who left his wife for her and lost contact with his young daughter Audrey as a result. Entering their lives is Callum, a deep-sea diver with a love of the ocean. As the countdown to Quinn’s exhibition progresses, each faces challenges and must make choices that will test their loyalties and have a far-reaching impact on their future.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Blackpeak Vines / Holly Ford. “Longing for a new life in the country, former television executive Lizzie Harrington settles on the vineyard south of Blackpeak Station, bringing with her some glamorous guests, none other than the dazzling actor Richard Bourne, with whom Lizzie has had a secret love affait for years. But in the hills beyonf Lizzie’s boundary fence lives a very different sort of man. Could one unforgettable encounter be about to change the course of Lizzie’s life in more ways than she had expected?” (Adapted from Book cover)
Infidelities / Kirsty Gunn.
“This new collection of stories offers a candid peek at infidelity in all its guises. These are tales of lust, deceit, resentment and regret, and of the secrets and lies that can chip away at human relationships. In a series of interwoven dramas, we find mothers yearning for adventure, for the exhilaration of the open road or the anonymity of the forest; fathers absent in body or mind; husbands who will look the other way; complacency turned to spite and apathy turned to betrayal.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Heavenly Hirani’s school of laughing yoga / Sarah-Kate Lynch. “Annie Jordan never wanted to go to India: there were too many poor people and the wrong sort of smells. But when she ends up there anyway, to her great surprise it’s not the beggars who cling to her, it’s the lessons in life, courtesy of Heavenly Hirani and her beachside laughing yoga.” (Adapted from Book cover)
Of things gone astray / Janina Matthewson.
“Mrs Featherby had been having pleasant dreams until she woke to discover the front of her house had vanished overnight. On a seemingly normal morning in London, a group of people all lose something dear to them, something dear but peculiar: the front of their house, their piano keys, their sense of direction, their place of work. Meanwhile, Jake, a young boy whose father brings him to London following his mother’s sudden death in an earthquake, finds himself strangely attracted to other people’s lost things. But little does he realize that his most valuable possession, his relationship with his dad, is slipping away from him. This is a magical fable about modern life and values.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
A jolt to the heart / Felicity Price.
“When one of the world’s most destructive earthquakes hits Christchurch in February 2011, Ellie Le Lievre’s world crumbled along with thousands of homes and most of the city’s CBD. When the dust-cloud cleared, one of the many dead was her husband, the popular blogger Max Maguire. But at the funeral wake, Max’s best mate Lew Hastings finds that the flame for Ellie he had managed to smother for over forty years is being rekindled. Trouble is, he still can’t help upsetting her almost every time he opens his mouth and, like a lot of people living with the daily aftershocks, he’s turned to the booze for comfort. Besides, there’s a deeper reason for Ellie’s dislike, a reason the two former lovers have both tried to forget.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)