Normally on Monday I’d post a funny, or maybe this week my delayed Worldbuilding post. Instead I thought I’d share something that happened yesterday. My book Guns and Utu (Penguin 2011) was selected by New Zealand’s leading national paper, the Sunday Star-Times, as one of its best books of the year.
The reviewer – I think it was Michael Field, though maybe newspaper features editor Monique Farmer – said that Guns and Utu was a ‘Grimly fascinating account of the impact of muskets on Maori and how it dramatically redefined New Zealand ahead of the Treaty of Waitangi’
In the interests of professionalism I have to say I was one of the people who selected top books for the paper. But I am not so naff as to pick my own book. In fact, I had no idea that one of the other judges had added it until I saw the published selection.
Kind of humbling, but I like it. Oh…and if you’re interested, the book’s available here…
Copyright © Matthew Wright 2011