Category: Australia and New Zealand 5 out of 5s

Tim Winton’s — Breath *****

Tim Winton’s — Breath *****

Bruce is on an ambulance team, but his co-workers sense something is not quite right with him. Travelling back to his teens when he met the thrill seeking Sando and his wife on the West Australian coast, we learn of the devastating event that transformed Bruce’s life.

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M.L. Stedman’s — The light between oceans *****

M.L. Stedman’s — The light between oceans *****

Tom is stationed on James Rock off the remote Western Australian coast as a lighthouse keeper. He marries Isabel and their life is content until Isabel grieves for the babies she miscarriages. When a dead man washes ashore with a baby cradled on board, Isabel comes alive, but the decision to keep the child has devastating consequences.

Carol Jones’ — The boy with blue trousers *****

Carol Jones’ — The boy with blue trousers *****

In 1856, Little Cat feels disgruntled because working with silk and picking mulberry leaves never stops while her twin brother, Ah Yong gets to relax after a day’s work. But when she is drowning in a life and death situation, it is Ah Yong she hopes can help her. Will she evade the possibility of death?

Meanwhile, Violet has fled from the gossip in London and works as a governess in Robe Town, a small coastal South Australian port. But once her past catches up with her, she is desperate to escape along with the hundreds of Chinese who flood the town on the way to the goldfields.

What does the future hold for these two women from opposite sides of the world?

Heretaunga Pat Baker’s — Behind the tattooed face *****

Heretaunga Pat Baker’s — Behind the tattooed face *****

This is a daunting tale of Maori settlers along New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty in the late 1700s. As the population expands, the need for more resources and the tribe’s ability to fight against neighbouring tribes is paramount.

This is an accurate account of Maori life and cultural beliefs before the onslaught of the Pakeha invasion.