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  • EMILY HAS BEEN READING: THE LAST GUESTS

    EMILY HAS BEEN READING: THE LAST GUESTS

    The Last Guests - J.P PomareThe Last Guests is J.P Pomare’s latest book and it is phenomenal! The suspense and thrill of the story is right back up there with his debut book Call Me Evie. A newly wed couple, Lina and Cain, decided that they would rent out their holiday home in Lake Tarawera on an Air BnB like website as they don’t use it as much as they would like, and they needed some extra money. What they don’t realise is that there are people from an illegal streaming platform on the internet that are sneaking into peoples...

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  • The Author's Cut by Owen Marshall

    The Author's Cut by Owen Marshall

    THE AUTHOR’S CUT by OWEN MARSHALLPenguin, $36On Thursday night, my husband and I drove home in the dark, back to Lake Tekapo after watching the movie premiere of Coming Home in the Dark in Timaru. The internationally acclaimed movie, directed by James Ashcroft is inspired by Owen Marshall’s short story of the same title: Coming Home in the Dark. He wrote this story in 1995 and it has recently been republished with a selection of twenty Owen Marshall stories in The Author’s Cut to coincide with the release of the movie.In the past I have commented on the kind, non-judgmental...

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  • In the Clearing, J.P. Pomare, Emily's review

    In the Clearing, J.P. Pomare, Emily's review

    Emily loved J.P. Pomare's 'In the Clearing', read here why.
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  • Emily has been reading...

    Emily has been reading...

    VOX, by Christina Dalcher Silence can be deafening.Jean McClellan spends her time in almost complete silence, limited to just one hundred words a day. Any more, and a thousand volts of electricity will course through her veins.Now the new government is in power, everything has changed. But only if you’re a woman.Almost overnight, bank accounts are frozen, passports are taken away and seventy million women lose their jobs. Even more terrifyingly, young girls are no longer taught to read or write.For herself, her daughter, and for every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice. This is only the beginning… VOX is...

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  • Emily has been reading Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

    Emily has been reading Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

    Emily loved Delia Owens' Where the Crawdads Sing: It is a beautiful coming of age story that is filled with love and heart break and just a wee bit of murder. The story follows a young girl Kya growing up alone in a marsh in South Carolina during the 50’s and 60’s. When the body of a local boy is found close to her home the outcome could change her life forever. The story begins when Kya is a child and her family abandons her in the marsh. She gets labelled the ‘weird marsh girl’ by the town and gets...

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  • THE BILLION DOLLAR BONFIRE - A book about Allan Hubbard and the collapse of South Canterbury Finance

    THE BILLION DOLLAR BONFIRE - A book about Allan Hubbard and the collapse of South Canterbury Finance

    The cover of Chris Lee’s THE BILLION DOLLAR BONFIRE features a photo by Brian High in which Allan Hubbard is walking on the deserted beach south of Oamaru where Shag River meets the ocean. Hubbard told High that he felt at peace on the beach and that he could imagine that this was where he would live out the last chapter of his life. Reality is stranger than fiction because six years later Hubbard dies on that beach. The helicopter that had lifted him from the car crash he was in, interrupted its flight to Dunedin because Hubbard was failing....

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