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Donna Malane

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Malane, Donna

Donna Malane is a writer, television producer, script and series advisor, script writer, story-liner, script and story editor and developer.

She has written a huge variety of television including drama, crime-drama and doco-drama, fantasy, children’s drama, sketch comedy, and documentary. Although Donna’s writing has largely been for television she has also had two other books published and her plays and short stories have been broadcast on National Radio.
 

Currently Reading - Frederick's Coat, Alan Duff

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It is always a good weekend when you get to dip into something unexpected from New Zealand.

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When Johno comes out of prison, he resolves never to go back again. But his new life is not easy, especially as he soon finds himself in sole charge of his strange young son, Danny. Danny isn't the kind of son he would have chosen, but, in caring for the boy, Johno finds new meaning and new direction.

But what do you do when the world you've so carefully built comes crashing down? Can you ever escape your past?

Alan Duff

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Duff, Alan

Alan Duff was born in Rotorua in 1950. He has written novels, including Once Were Warriors, One Night Out Stealing, What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?, Both Sides of the Moon, Szabad, Jake's Long Shadow, Dreamboat Dad and Who Sings for Lu?, the novella State Ward, several children's books and a number of non-fiction works. Once Were Warriors won the Pen Best First Book of Fiction Award and, as well, as What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?, was made into an internationally acclaimed film.

Currently Reading - The Beckoning Ice, Joan Druett

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First for me, but fifth in the Wiki Coffin series, it's always a huge pleasure to get my hands on a book from New Zealand. To accompany it I'm having a bit of a flashback to my Dragon fandom days.

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Joan Druett

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Druett, Joan

Back in the year 1984, on the picture-poster tropical island of Rarotonga, I literally fell into whaling history when I tumbled into a grave. A great tree had been felled by a recent hurricane, exposing a gravestone that had been hidden for more than one and a half centuries. It was the memorial to a young whaling wife, who had sailed with her husband on the New Bedford ship Harrison in the year 1845. And so my fascination with maritime history was triggered ... resulting in 18 books (so far).

Review - WHO KILLED SCOTT GUY? - Mike White

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Who Killed Scott Guy?
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Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
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978-1-87750-5345-8
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True Crime
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Allen & Unwin
Year of Publication: 
2013

Currently Reading - Who Killed Scott Guy?, Mike White

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Flagged as the case that gripped a nation, it's not one that I'd heard of on this side of the ditch, before starting this book. Seems like a very sad series of events all round.

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Scott Guy was a good man, a great dad, a salt-of-the-earth farmer who was gunned down at his front gate for no conceivable reason.

THE BLASPHEMER - John Ling

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The Blasphemer
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New Zealand
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B006QZ7BL4
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Thriller
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New Zealand
Publisher: 
Kia Kaha Press
Year of Publication: 
2011

CR - The Blasphemer, John Ling

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Extremely interesting thriller set in New Zealand.

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When Abraham Khan releases an e-book condemning radical Islam, the consequences hit him fast and hard -- an armed fanatic smashes into his home one evening, trying to kill him. He survives the harrowing attempt. Just barely. But will he survive the next one?

Maya Raines is the security operator brought in to protect Abraham. She is tough and committed. The very best at what she does. Always one step ahead of the threat.