In this absorbing first novel – which won the 2017 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers – Sam Coley tells the story of Alex, a young Aucklander who returns home from abroad after the sudden death of his parents. Alex and his estranged twin sister, Amy, set off on a reluctant road trip through New Zealand to reconnect with each other and their home country. Moving backwards and forwards in time, ... (read more)
Chloë Cooper is a freelance writer, contributing editor at Peppermint magazine, and a bookseller at Avid Reader bookshop.
How do you define love? How much of yourself do you need to sacrifice to keep a friendship afloat? And can we ever truly understand the inner workings of other people’s lives? These are some of the questions that Laura McPhee-Browne explores in Cherry Beach, a gentle tale of female friendship. The story is narrated by Ness, a shy young queer woman who is hopelessly in love with her straight bes ... (read more)