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Fishing for Māui

A novel about food, whānau, and mental illness.

Valerie reads George Eliot to get to sleep – just to take her mind off worries over her patients, her children, their father and the next family dinner.

Elena is so obsessed with health, traditional food, her pregnancy and her blog she doesn’t notice that her partner, Malcolm the ethicist, is getting himself into a moral dilemma of his own making.

Evie wants to save the world one chicken at a time, meanwhile her boyfriend, Michael is on a quest to reconnect with his Māori heritage and discover his own identity.

Rosa is eight years old and lost in her own fantasy world, but she’s the only one who can tell something’s not right.

Praise for Fishing for Māui:

‘An accomplished story of a family in crisis – Ritchie’s great skill is her ability to conjure the inner lives of her characters. Fishing for Māui is a compassionate meditation on what it means to be well.’    – Sarah Jane Barnett

Available from all good bookstores and libraries New Zealand-wide, online from major retailers including Book Depository, and as an eBook on all main platforms including Amazon, Smashwords, and MeBooks.

The Seekers’ Garden

The Seekers’ Garden weaves together five stories of self-discovery within a larger tapestry of human experience. A few twists of fate and a buried secret leave these individuals deeply and unexpectedly connected.

Leaving behind the fragments of her once perfect life, Marcia Reed-Wilton returns to her dilapidated childhood home in New Zealand to dig up the weeds of the past and start-anew.

Next door, pensioner, Mrs. Everglade, struggles to maintain her independence in spite of her frailty.

Meanwhile, career-oriented Iris, quits her job on a whim to embark on an adventure of a different kind; moving to a sleepy seaside town to write a book and Lea, a depressed teenager escapes into her poetry.

On the other side of the world Zane, vocalist for a popular progressive band is haunted by dreams that lead him home.

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