Archive for the ‘Die Fremde am Meer’ Category

In Holland

Thursday, May 1st, 2014



After about two weeks on the market, Herinnering aan de Liefde, seems to be doing well. It is appearing on some Dutch bestseller lists, like the iTunes list, and the e-book one! I am so proud of what the little book is doing out there, all by itself.


Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

I know you are supposed to say that ¬†reviews don’t matter. That you never even read them. I must admit, though, that to me they do matter, and I do read them. When Sonata for Miriam was just published and Boston blogger called it a four-star turkey it did hurt. And no matter how many excellent reviews my book received, that single bad one has stayed in my mind. In the fragile final stages of writing my fourth novel, tentatively titled¬†The blackbird sings at dusk,¬†it was comforting and encouraging to see this blog comment on¬†The Memory of love:¬†Basso Profundo.


The Memory of Love_US cover



National Radio reading

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

A beautiful reading of¬†The Kindness of your Nature/ The Memory of Love¬†by Denis O’Connell is being broadcast this month. You can listen to the first fours episodes here:¬†






After Frankfurt

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Interesting to read the commentaries about New Zealand’s presence at the Frankfurt Book Fair¬†in the German media. Overall, sadly, they confirm my own impression.¬†An underwhelming response to New Zealand literature referred to as ‘stories without written language’. There are precious few proper reviews of New Zealand books, and no major presentations. I suppose¬†they drowned in the black water…

Here is a very good review of ‘Die Fremde am Meer’:

Die Fremde am Meer

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

My third novel, The kindness of your nature/Det goda inom dig will be released in Germany 10 September (my birthday – auspicious, I hope) and I look forward to going to the Frankfurt Book Fair in October as one of the New Zealand authors invited to participate in the celebration of New Zealand as the guest of honour country.