Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Leekes are a Lancastrian family of Mormons ruled by domineering matriarch
Pauline, who, with son Gary due to return home from a two-year missionary
programme, throws herself into a fever of preparations. Meanwhile her husband
Martin dreams of escape, daughter Jeannie is hiding a terrible secret and
elder son Julian is reaching the end of his own dark journey of
self-discovery. Jenn Ashworth’s novel is an unusual take on the themes of
faith, religion and family.
up this book and you’ll embark on a turbulent journey with Hattie Shepherd,
an African-American woman who migrates from Georgia in the 1920s in the hope
of a better life in Philadelphia. Over the decades she gives birth to 11
children, and it is through their experiences that Hattie’s own story is
revealed. Don’t expect a comfy family saga, though, as this mother is brimful
of a stoic seething that has endless consequences for her offspring.