Bel’s Reviews

Bel likes to read widely around the shelves, but her particular interest lies in literary fiction and non-fiction. Always keen to read and champion writers from Aotearoa and Australia, she keeps a close eye on local publishing as well as international, including a peppering of fiction in translation here and there. She loves reading about messy families, artistic ambition, complex friendships and connection to nature.  Favourite authors change weekly, but if pressed, she’d include Kate de Goldi, Elizabeth Strout, Zadie Smith, Eleanor Catton, Helen Garner, Deborah Levy, Robert Macfarlane and Rebecca Solnit.

Staff Review: Day

The characters worked their way right under my skin, and I happily moved through the quiet moments of their days, noticing small changes

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Staff Review: Weather

There’s no traditional story arc here, she paints impressionistic moments join together to create a picture of our anxious and absurd times.

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Staff Review: The Sun Walks Down

Not only does it have important questions to ask about history, about art, about land, and the blundering colonial project generally – it’s also a gripping story bursting with a vivid array of characters, vibrant scenery and a good peppering of humour.

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