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Recommended books (18)
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around Oceania Challenge" were written by authors from New Zealand. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

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The Bone People by Keri Hulme EN

Rating: 4     60 Votes
Description:
Integrating both Maori myth and New Zealand reality, The Bone People became the most successful novel in New Zealand publishing history when it appeared in 1984. Set on the South Island beaches of New Zealand, a harsh environment, the novel chronicles the complicated relationships between three emotional outcasts of mixed European and Maori heritage. Kerewin Holmes is a painter and a loner, convinced that "to care for anything is to invite disaster." Her isolation is disrupted one day when a six-year-old mute boy, Simon, breaks into her house. The sole survivor of a mysterious shipwreck, Simon... continue
Recommended: 20 Apr 2022

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The Luminaries : A Novel by Eleanor Catton EN

Rating: 3.5     128 Votes
Description:
Arriving in New Zealand in 1866 to seek his fortune in the goldfields, Walter Moody finds himself drawn into a series of unsolved crimes and complex mysteries.
Recommended: 20 Feb 2022

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The Quiet People by Paul Cleave EN

Rating: 3.7     6 Votes
Description:
Suspicion is cast on two successful crime writers, when their seven-year-old son goes missing. Are they trying to show that they can commit the perfect crime? A mesmerisingly twisty, dark thriller from number-one bestselling author Paul Cleave... 'A cinematic, raging, rollercoaster of a plot with a wry humour ... The Quiet People is wildly entertaining and will keep you guessing right to the end' New Zealand Herald 'A superb novel from a champion storyteller' Crime Watch 'Cleave writes the kind of dark, intense thrillers that I never want to end. Do yourself a favour and check him out' Simon K... continue
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Recommended: 03 Oct 2022

14.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion EN

Rating: 3.4     27 Votes
Description:
Don Tillman is getting married. He just doesn’t know who to yet. But he has designed the Wife Project, using a sixteen-page questionnaire to help him find the perfect partner. She will most definitely not be a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also fiery and intelligent and beautiful. And on a quest of her own to find her biological father—a search that Don, a professor of genetics, might just be able to help her with. The Wife Project teaches Don some unexpected things. Why earlobe length is an inadequate predictor of sexual attraction. ... continue

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz : A Novel by Heather Morris EN

Rating: 3.5     108 Votes
Description:
The #1 International Bestseller & New York Times Bestseller This beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity. “The Tattooist of Auschwitz is an extraordinary document, a story about the extremes of human behavior existing side by side: calculated brutality alongside impulsive and selfless acts of love. I find it hard to imagine anyone who would not be drawn in, confronted and moved. I would recommend it unreservedly ... continue

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The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H G Parry EN

Rating: 4     8 Votes
Description:
'Parry knocks it out of the park . . . Just plain wonderful' Kirkus For his entire life, Charley Sutherland has concealed a magical ability he can't quite control: he can bring characters from books into the real world. His older brother, Rob - a young lawyer with an utterly normal life - hopes that this strange family secret will disappear with disuse, and he will be discharged from his duty of protecting Charley and the real world from each other. But then, literary characters start causing trouble in their city, making threats about destroying the world, and for once, it isn't Charley's doi... continue
Recommended: 05 Jan 2022

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The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera EN

Rating: 3.5     37 Votes
Description:
As her beloved grandfather, chief of the Maori tribe of Whangara, New Zealand, struggles to lead in difficult times and to find a male successor, young Kahu is developing a mysterious relationship with whales, particularly the ancient bull whale whose leg

18.

Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera EN

Rating: 4     28 Votes
Description:
As her beloved grandfather, chief of the Maori tribe of Whangara, New Zealand, struggles to lead in difficult times and to find a male successor, young Kahu is developing a mysterious relationship with whales, particularly the ancient bull whale whose legendary rider was their ancestor.
Recommended: 06 Mar 2022


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