Much as I, an Aussie, hate to admit it, those New Zealanders have style! Kimbofo has just posted, on her Reading Matters blog, New Zealand Book Council’s current promo – take a look here. Beautiful isn’t it? It springboards from Maurice Gee’s novel Going west – which reminds me that I really must read the Maurice Gee in my TBR pile soon.
On its website, the Book Council says that its mission is:
to inspire more New Zealanders to read more; to promote reading in general, but particularly to represent and promote New Zealand writing and writers – our own artists, stories and points of view.
I have not read anywhere near as many New Zealand books as I should (would like to, even!), but I have read some, most memorably:
- The bone people by Keri Hulme,
- Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones,
- Living in the Maniototo by Janet Frame,
- a few short stories by Katherine Mansfield,
- The vintner’s luck by Elizabeth Knox, and
- The book of secrets by Fiona Kidman.
I would recommend all of these, for different reasons. Clearly though, there are some big gaps here: the first one I should rectify is the aforementioned Maurice Gee. And, while talking about New Zealand writers, I have to admit that a few writers we claim as Aussies originated in New Zealand, including much-loved author Ruth Park and the poet and editor Douglas Stewart.
Hmmm…the more I think about it, the sooner we annex New Zealand as Australia’s 7th state the better! I’m sure Lisa at ANZLitLovers would agree!