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24 August 2022
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Return to Harikoa Bay

Owen Marshall
Penguin, $40

Over a decade since his last collection of new stories, award-winning writer Owen Marshall (whose story ‘Coming Home in the Dark’ was recently made into a major feature film) returns with this collection of “superbly subversive” tales on a diverse range of subjects that explore his fellow New Zealanders.

Sons of a Good Keen Man

The Crump Brothers
Penguin, $38

By no means an easy read, this new release frankly and movingly tells the stories of how Barry Crump’s six sons have navigated life with and without him. While in his heyday, writer and character Barry Crump was held up as the “quintessential Kiwi bloke” – behind the scenes he was a womaniser, alcoholic and abuser.
Published 25 years after his death, Sons of a Good Keen Man offers anecdotes that grip, entertain, surprise and even provoke a few laughs.

Out of Breath

Anna Snoekstra
HarperCollins, $35

This absolute nail-biter follows Brit Jo Ainsley as she attempts to escape her troubles. This time her escape brings her to remote Western Australia, where she meets the charismatic American Gabe who tells her about a seemingly idyllic off-grid community. After an accident for which Jo blames herself, she again runs, this time to the commune. But all is not as it seems… Dark, unsettling, with great descriptions of the Aussie outback, expect plenty of twists and turns.

Under a Big Sky

Tim Saunders
Allen & Unwin, $37

Renowned Palmerston North writer and sheep and beef farmer Tim Saunders writes about his life and work on the farm that’s been in his family for five generations, looking both back to his forebears and how they farmed, and forward to how that affects the present day and future farming practices. Not just for those with an interest in farming, Tim’s considered prose and flair for creative writing ensures the book has universal appeal.

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