The Women's Bookshop Faves & Raves 2018

This is the pile of books that needs to be beside your bed!

Faves n Raves 2018

Call Them by Their True Names  Rebecca Solnit – another incisive collection of essays from USA commentator on society, politics, feminism, ecology

The Bed-Making Competition Anna Jackson - Prize-winning novella exploring lives of two sisters, from esteemed NZ poet. A wee gem!

Happiness  Aminatta Forna – Stunning, positive novel dealing with serious subjects, set in contemporary London

Milkman  Anna Burns - 2018 WINNER Man Booker prize; sinister, charming, funny, brilliant. We’re thrilled it won!

The New Ships  Kate Duignan – engaging, beautifully-written NZ novel featuring a middle-aged man reflecting on his life & losses

The Silence of the Girls  Pat Barker – brutal but brilliant account of Achilles & Patroclus in the Trojan War, told from a woman’s point of view. Gripping.

The Lost Man  Jane Harper -  being acclaimed as the best yet of Harper’s atmospheric, absorbing Australian crime novels

We Can Make a Life  Chessie Henry – an extraordinary account of Chessie’s family & her doctor father’s courage during the Christchurch earthquake.

Boys Will Be Boys  Clementine Ford – This scorching expose of toxic masculinity will make you angry - & make you laugh! Challenging!

Poukahangatus  Tayi Tibble – Extraordinary, perceptive, often political poetry from a stunning new NZ voice

Unsheltered  Barbara Kingsolver –This new novel is a wonderful metaphor for current world politics & the state of our planet. Engrossing & ultimately positive.

Transcription  Kate Atkinson – sly, subtle humour involving cold war spies. All is not as it seems! Clever, as Atkinson always is.

Becoming Michelle Obama – honest, very readable bio by this amazing woman. Her integrity shines through.

Circe  Madeline Miller – absorbing novel gives overview of all things Greek – the myths,  Gods, heroes & mortals, all from Circe’s viewpoint

The Female Persuasion  Meg Wolitzer – fabulously feminist! Vivid characters with the history of US feminism woven in.

Normal People  Sally Rooney – charming but painful novel about the miscommunication of young lovers. Heart-warming, subtle, funny.

The Mars Room  Rachel Kushner – fierce yet tender; a searing indictment of the US prison system

This Mortal Boy  Fiona Kidman – compelling recreation of the events leading up to one of the last hangings in NZ (1955). Vivid & moving.

Animalphabet  Julia Donaldson & Sharon King-Chai – gorgeous, clever picture book with cut-outs, flaps, subtle colours, & charming questions

Go Girl  Barbara Else – nearly 50 wonderful NZ women who stepped up, spoke out & blazed trails. With stunning portraits by women artists. Inspiring!

Flourish  Juliet Nicholas & Barb Rogers – NZ women & their extraordinary gardens - formal, flamboyant, lovely works of art all over NZ.