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24 February 2023
03 magazine books february 2023

Great new reads to please even the pickiest of bookworms.

Victory City

Salman Rushdie

Penguin Books, $37

One of the most anticipated titles of 2023, this epic tale from one of the world’s most powerful writers, Victory City is described as “a magical realist feminist tale in an historical setting”. In the wake of an insignificant battle between two long-forgotten kingdoms in 14th Century southern India, a nine-year-old girl has a divine encounter that will change the course of history. Brilliantly styled as a translation of an ancient epic, this is a saga of love, adventure and myth.

Someone Else's Shoes

Jojo Moyes

Penguin Books, $37

International #1 bestselling phenomenon Jojo Moyes is back with a brand-new page turner. A story of mix-ups, mess-ups and making the most of second chances, Someone Else’s Shoes leading ladies are Nisha Cantor and Sam Kemp – two very different women in their late 40s whose lives are changed in an instant when Sam accidently takes Nisha’s bag. Packed with Moyes’ signature humour, complex characters and captivating storytelling.

Cold People

Tom Rob Smith

Simon & Schuster, $38

Without warning, a mysterious and omnipotent force has claimed the planet for their own. There are no negotiations, no demands, no reasons given for their actions. All there is is a message: humanity has 30 days to reach the one place on Earth where they will be allowed to exist – Antarctica. Penned by the author of the celebrated Child 44 trilogy, this suspenseful novel about a colony of apocalypse survivors seeking to reinvent civilisation under the most extreme conditions imaginable is a gripping, original and unforgettable read.

The Queen's Wife

Joanne Drayton

Penguin Books, $40

From acclaimed Kiwi author Joanne Drayton and based on true events, The Queen’s Wife is a modern love story. In 1989, two married women meet by chance, and their new relationship turns their lives upside-down, threatening to cost them their children, families and friends and forcing them to reassess their sexuality, identity and heritage. Against the odds, the couple’s new life together becomes rich in laughter, travel, unusual encounters, investigations into Viking raids, the Kingitanga movement, the death of a New Zealand artist and much more. A fascinating read on many levels and an important view of our country from its very edge.

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