The New Zealand Herald’s literary review team have come up with their best ten fiction and best ten non-fiction New Zealand books from the last decade.
Their number one fiction book is Mr Pip by Lloyd Jones.
1. Mister Pip – Lloyd Jones
Set on the island of Bougainville during Papua New Guinea’s brutal civil war, Mister Pip tells the story of 11-year-old Matilda Laimo, whose elderly European school teacher Tom Watts mesmerises his class by reading them passages from Dickens’ Great Expectations.
“An extraordinary novel, real yet touched with magic, intellectually and emotionally satisfying.” – Gordon McLauchlan
Mister Pip, the best selling New Zealand fiction book of 2007, won the Montana Medal for fiction and poetry at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards. It was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize and won the Commonwealth Prize for writing.