Auckland Libraries: Top 10 bookclub picks

Top 10 bookclub picks

The top 10 titles our bookclubs enjoyed, curated by our librarians for the latest Auckland Libraries Top 100 list.


Olivia Laing

Political, social and natural landscapes are all in peril. Fascism is on the rise, truth is dead, the planet is hotting up. Is it really worth learning to love when the end of the world is nigh?

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The friend

Sigrid Nunez

When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind. A moving story of love, friendship, grief, healing, and the magical bond between a woman and her dog.

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Anna Burns

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister is our protagonist. She is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her nearly-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman.

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Washington Black

Esi Edugyan

Washington Black is an eleven-year-old field slave who has known no other life. He is selected as a personal servant to wealthy Englishman, 'Titch'. When a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash's head, Titch abandons everything to save him.

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The Mars Room

Rachel Kushner

Romy is starting two consecutive life sentences, plus six years, at a Correctional Facility. Outside is a world almost beyond recognition. The Mars Room is a juxtaposition of modern living, with the terrifying absurdity of jail life.

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Killing commendatore

Haruki Murakami

Killing Commendatore is an epic tour de force of love and loneliness, war and art - as well as a loving homage to The Great Gatsby - and a stunning work of imagination from one of our greatest writers.

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My year of rest and relaxation

Ottessa Moshfegh

A young woman's experiment in narcotic hibernation is aided and abetted by one of the worst psychiatrists in the annals of literature. It's the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong?

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The silence of the girls

Pat Barker

The ancient city of Troy continues to wage bloody war over a stolen woman, Helen. In the Greek camp, another woman watches and waits for the war's outcome, Briseis. She finds herself caught between the two most powerful of the Greeks.

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The new ships

Kate Duignan

Peter is adrift in the wake of his wife's death. His attempts to understand the turn his life has taken, lead him back to the past, to dismaying events, and to when he met Moira, an amateur painter who carried secrets of her own.

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Ghost wall

Sarah Moss

Teenage Silvie is living in a remote Northumberland camp as an exercise in experimental archaeology. Her father is an abusive man, obsessed with recreating the discomfort, brutality and harshness of Iron Age life.

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