The Whale Rider and Once Were Warriors: Maori identity in modern New Zealand

The Whale Rider, Witi Ihimaera, 1987

  • New Zealand, # 8
  • Paperback, borrowed from Brent Library, London
  • Read June 2015
  • Rating: 5/5
  • Recommended for: optimistic environmentalists

Once Were Warriors, Alan Duff, 1990

  • New Zealand, #9
  • Kindle, £7.19
  • Read May 2015
  • Rating: 4/5
  • Opening line: Bastard, she’d think, looking out her back kitchen window.
  • Recommended for: pessimistic social justice warriors
  • Not recommended for: The faint of heart

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My Brilliant Career

My Brilliant Career, Miles Franklin, 1901

  • Australia, #5
  • Borrowed from Camden Library, London
  • Read May, 2014
  • Rating: 4/5
  • Opening Line: “Boo, hoo! Ow, ow; Oh! oh! Me’ll die. Boo, hoo. The pain, the pain! Boo, hoo!”
  • Recommended for: People who find “Happily ever after” a little bit suspect (especially those who have a sneaking suspicion that it’s the princess who’s getting the raw end of the marriage deal)

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