Monday 2 November , 5.30pm,

Bay Hill Books, 331 Stafford Street 


About the event

Caroline Barron, author of Ripiro Beach, will join us in the bookshop to read from her memoir and talk about her new book. Following the reading, there will be an opportunity for discussion and a chance to have your book signed. 


About the book

Ripiro beach was published in June 2020. 

Does DNA write our destinies? Or do the hands that nurture triumph over nature? What is it that determines who we really are?

Caroline Barron’s father never found his birth mother. After he dies suddenly on her twentieth birthday, Caroline develops an insidious fear of her own untimely death. When she nearly bleeds out on an operating table during childbirth, it almost seems her greatest fear is justified.

Emerging from the experience a changed woman, Caroline spends the next six years poring over her family history in an attempt to make sense of her inexplicable rage. The family secrets she unearths threaten to destabilise her identity and carefully built life, eventually leading her to Northland’s rugged Ripiro Beach, where past and present dramatically collide.

Ripiro Beach is a beautifully written, relentlessly honest memoir about one woman’s determination to gather the threads of a life that has come undone.


About the author


Caroline Barron is an award-winning writer, manuscript assessor, book reviewer, columnist, and board member of the Michael King Writers Centre. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Auckland (2015) and, in a previous life, owned and managed Nova, a leading model and talent agency. Caroline resides between Auckland's Point Chevalier and Northland's Ripiro (Baylys) Beach, with her husband and two young daughters.




Wednesday 18 November, 12:30pm

Bay Hill Books, 331 Stafford Street 


About the event

Pip McKay is the author of The Telling Time, her debut novel. Pip will join us in the bookshop to read from her noveland talk about her new book. Following the reading, there will be an opportunity for discussion and a chance to have your book signed. 


About the book

A captivating debut novel of impossible love and soul-destroying secrets where two young women fight to overcome adversity and transport the reader from Yugoslavia, to 1950’s New Zealand, and back again. Winner of the international First Pages Prize, 2020.


Two young women, a generation apart, travel to opposite sides of the world on fraught journeys of self-discovery.

1958: Gabrijela yearns to escape the confines of bleak post-war Yugoslavia and her tiny fishing community, but never imagines she will be exiled to New Zealand — a new immigrant sent to housekeep for the mysterious and surly Roko, clutching a secret she dare not reveal.

1989: Luisa, Gabrijela’s daughter, departs on her own covert quest, determined to unpick the family’s past. But not all decisions are equal and amid Yugoslavia’s brewing civil unrest, Luisa’s journey confronts her with culture shocks and dark encounters of her own.

A vivid, engrossing family story that crosses oceans and eras, exploring the price two women pay when new and old worlds collide.’ — Paula Morris


About the author

Pip McKay left NZ in the late 1980’s, after graduating from the University of Otago. Her early travels around the former Yugoslavia in 1989 informed The Telling Time, her debut novel. 

In 2017, McKay was accepted into the Masters in Creative Writing programme at the University of Auckland and in 2018 was awarded a Creative New Zealand/NZSA Complete Manuscript Assessment award for The Telling Time. The novel’s opening won the 2020 First Pages Prize, judged by an international panel and Sebastian Faulks, OBE.

"I love the power of words — how they stop us in our tracks to ponder, or transport us to far-off times and places with cinematic detail. It doesn’t matter which hat I wear — wife, mother, friend, author — connections are the most important and the links forged within the local Croatian community while researching stories of New Zealand’s Croatian immigrants have been particularly inspirational. I’m grateful and humbled by the support from my cohort of fellow writers, an ever expanding and talented group, who are proof of New Zealand’s thriving literary scene." - Pip McKay

Wednesday 18 November, 7pm

Bay Hill Bookclub, Bay Hill Books, 331 Stafford Street, Timaru  





Monday 2 November , 5.30pm,

Bay Hill Books, 331 Stafford Street 


About the event

Fiona Sussman, author of Addressed to Greta, will join us in the bookshop to read from her new book. Following the reading, there will be an opportunity  for discussion and a chance to have your book signed. 


About the book

Greta Jellings lives a small life. No expectation, no disappointment had been her mother’s mantra. It serves Greta well now too. At 30-something years of age she has spent her life pleasing others; working for the past 22 years in a pool-chemicals shop just one of the many compromises she’s had to make. She has embarrassingly big feet and a pet chicken named Marilyn Monroe, but who is she really? Even Greta has no idea.


So, when she receives a call from a lawyer acting on behalf of her dear friend Walter, Greta finds herself presented with a terrifying, though compelling, opportunity. Walter’s bequest, sees Greta embark on a mystery journey, each destination revealed in a letter on the eve of her departure. ADDRESSED TO GRETA is a captivating novel about a woman learning how to express her true self. It is an important story about finding the courage to be seen, and a testament to the transformative power of friendship.


About the author

Growing up in a publisher's home in South Africa meant that Fiona fell in love with language and the written word at an early age. This was during the apartheid era, and witnessing the brutal regime at work sensitised Fiona to the issues of injustice and racial prejudice – experiences which would inform much of her early writing.

After school, Fiona completed a BA in English Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand; however, the untimely death of her father from a terminal illness saw me change direction and pursue a career in medicine.

In 1989 Fiona emigrated from South Africa to New Zealand, where she completed my medical degree and went on to work as a family doctor.


While FIona found practising medicine immensely satisfying, she still hankered after the literary world of my childhood. Finally, the call to write became too great. She hung up my stethoscope, returned to university to do a Master of Creative Writing and began to write in earnest.


Fiona lives in Auckland with her family and pet boxer dog/ loyal writing companion/ chief distractor! Her days are spent writing, speaking at events, mentoring writing students, and assisting in the management of Auckland's charity hospital  – a charitable surgical service she and her husband established to help those who have fallen between the cracks in our health system.