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25 May 2023
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Great new reads to please even the pickiest of bookworms.

Where Light Meets Water

Susan Paterson

Simon & Schuster, $38

Described as “perfectly paced and sumptuously visual … a stunning debut” by celebrated author Catherine Chidgey, this first novel by Melbourne-based Kiwi writer Susan Paterson traverses 19th-century London, Melbourne and New Zealand’s rugged South Island with sailor and painter Thomas Rutherford and the headstrong but captivating Catherine Ogilvie, who sweeps him into her privileged yet stifling world.

From Here to There

Joe Bennett

HarperCollins, $35

Joe Bennett’s famously irreverent prose has been published in more than 20 books. From There to Here, his first memoir, confronts and reflects on the journey from childhood to manhood, from Willingdon to Lyttelton, and his long and fruitless struggle against teaching for a living. Honest, unsparing, unexpected, moving and laugh-out-loud funny in places.

The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece

Tom Hanks

Penguin, $37

The first novel by one of the world’s most famous actors, who turns out to also be an accomplished writer. Spanning 80 years of a changing America and culminating in the opening of the film, we meet a colourful cast of characters who together create Hollywood magic. Funny, touching and thoughtprovoking, it offers an insider’s take on the momentous efforts it takes to make a film.

Everything is Beautiful and Everything Hurts

Josie Shapiro

Allen & Unwin New Zealand, $37

Five foot tall, dyslexic, bullied at school and from a broken family, Mickey Bloom knows she’s nothing special. Until one day, she discovers running. Mickey’s newfound talent shows her she’s everything she thought she wasn’t – powerful, strong and deserving of love. But success comes at a cost, and she struggles to find balance while also battling her demons. This unforgettable debut novel from Auckland writer Josie Shapiro has already picked up Allen & Unwin’s Commercial Fiction Prize.

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