Publication date for Owen Marshall's fourth novel was only Friday last and yet over the weekend I have read three reviews in our print media - Charlotte Grimshaw waxed lyrical (by her standards) in the Weekend Herald's excellent Canvas magazine, while Kelly Ana Morey was also most impressed in the Herald on Sunday's book pages. Meantime the New Zealand Listener splashed out three whole pages for John McCrystal's review.
That is an impressive opening salvo. In the UK and US it is commonplace for reviews of major fiction titles to be published on or immediately before publication date whereas here reviews tend to trickle out over a month or so.
Clearly then there is a lot of interest in The Larnachs.
Joining in the fray Beattie's Book Blog regular fiction reviewer, Wellington-based writer Maggie Rainey-Smith, has also found the book an impressive read.
Here is her review: