Paddy Richardson's seventh novel Through The Lonesome Dark moves from small-town Blackball to the frontlines of World War 1.
Israeli Nir Baram's Land Without Borders, takes us around the occupied territories in Palestine and in the city of Jerusalem.
In Astride A Fierce Wind, Dunedin author Huberta Hellendoorn charts her voyage from the Netherlands to a new life on the other side of the world.
The New Zealand Project is heavy on grand vision but light on serious policy analysis.
Some Tests is a kind of allegory about health systems and our views on death.
Arundhati Roy's latest work is a meditation on the humanity, cruelty, humour and tragedy of contemporary Indian life.
Kate Cole-Adams offers a fascinating insight into a medical marvel.
Poets of a certain vintage, Ian Wedde and Elizabeth Smither offer collections that confirm their place in the sun, writes Hamesh Wyatt.
Helen Dunmore's Birdcage Walk is a slow-burning thriller set in Bristol in 1792, the time of the French Revolution.
In A Forger's Tale, author and criminal Shaun Greenhalgh discloses all the light and shade of his infamous career as art forger.
Veteran journalist Howard Jacobson depicts the grind and inspiration behind his opinion columns in The Dog's Last Walk.
The Gamekeeper, by Portia Simpson is an intrepid tale of a female grouse beater, vermin trapper, heather burner, ghillie and deerstalker.
A new novel by Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien was published a century after it was first written, prompted in part by the horrors he witnessed in World War One.
Susannah Grant provides a definitive history in Windows on a Women's World: The Dominican Sisters of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Despite too many characters and sub-plots, David Hair's fantasy novel, Empress of the Fall, offers somes interesting current political parallels.
All The Rivers, by Dorit Rabinyan, is a poignant portrayal of two lovers, one an Israeli, the other a Palestinian, who negotiate differences despite all odds.
Sarah Quigley's latest novel, The Suicide Club, again shows the New Zealand author to be adept at handling difficult topics.
A Crime in the Family, by Sacha Batthyany, is a deeply affecting page-turner depicting the massacre in March 1945 of 180 Jewish forced labourers on a Countess' estate.
Australian author Vivienne Kelly's second novel, The Starlings is a knowing rendition of family breakdown filtered through the eyes of an 8-year-old.
Ashley Hay's Hundred Small Lessons would have benefited from a a tighter structure, yet the tale of two families does have its merits.