Better Reading Preview: Baby by Annaleese Jochems

Better Reading Preview: Baby by Annaleese Jochems

Our next Preview title is Baby by Annaleese Jochems! To register your interest in being a Preview reviewer for this title, just fill out the form below. Please only enter once:

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-Preview demand is incredibly high, and there are only limited spots available for each title. To keep things fair, if you fail to provide a review for your Preview title on two occasions, you will unfortunately not be selected for future Preview titles.


‘Sultry, sinister, hilarious and demented, Baby blazes with intelligence and murderous black humour. Heavenly Creatures for a new generation.’ - ELEANOR CATTON, AUTHOR OF MAN BOOKER PRIZE-WINNING THE LUMINARIES.

‘Cynthia can understand how Anahera feels just by looking at her body.’Cynthia is twenty-one, bored, and desperately waiting for something big to happen. Her striking fitness instructor, Anahera, is ready to throw in the towel on her job and marriage. With stolen money and a dog in tow they run away and buy ‘Baby’, an old boat docked in a beautiful bay, where Cynthia dreams they will live in a state of love. But strange events on an empty island turn their life together in a different direction.Baby is a sunburnt psychological thriller of obsession and escape by one of the most exciting new voices in New Zealand fiction.
Annaleese Jochems
About the author

Annaleese Jochems

Annaleese Jochems was born in 1994 and grew up in Northland. She won the 2016 Adam Prize from the International Institute of Modern Letters and the 2018 Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction for Baby, which is her first book.

Books by Annaleese Jochems


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  1. Ros wilkins says:

    I’d love to preview

  2. Jenny Rees says:

    I’d love to preview Baby

  3. Maryanne Lesley Podham says:

    Who doesn’t want to escape sometimes, only to discover that the grass is not always greener….

  4. Jodi Corbett says:

    I would love to be considered to read Baby by Annaleese Jochems and write a review

  5. I’d like to preview this exciting NZ author.

  6. Rachael Mullinger says:

    I would love to have the chance to preview this novel.

  7. Debbie backway says:

    Thank you I would love to preview this title.

  8. Anna Loder says:

    I would be honoured to!!

  9. Claire Louisa Holderness says:

    I’d love a copy

  10. Victoria Anderson says:

    Sounds like a great escapist read

  11. Chris Fairbairn says:

    Sounds like a great read! Would love to preview please!

  12. Mary Arnold says:

    I’d love to preview/review ‘Baby’

  13. Lizzie says:

    I would love to preview baby please

  14. Kate Delbridge says:

    I’d really enjoy the opportunity to preview Baby

  15. Vivi Widodo says:

    I would like to review this book please

  16. Gloria White says:

    It would be great to analyse this book from my perspective

  17. Annette McKenna says:

    I enjoy reading and reviewing new and different books.

  18. Kim Leech-Hines says:

    I’d love to read a new author I haven’t read before

  19. Marg says:

    Sounds an interesting read. Hoping I am a lucky entry

  20. Jane Morris says:

    What a great opportunity to review a new interesting book

  21. Jennifer Taylor says:

    Would love to review this book please

  22. Tracy Grayson says:

    The book sounds great, I’d love to read it and give a review.

  23. Jodie McGee says:

    I would love the opportunity to read and review this book. Thank you.

  24. Tracey says:

    I am very keen to preview “Baby” (pretty please).

  25. Robyn says:

    Sounds fabulous..please 🙋‍♀️

  26. Jen says:

    I would love to preview it!

  27. Karen says:

    Sounds like my type of read !! Would be honoured to review the book.

  28. Katie says:

    I’d love to review this one! Thanks!

  29. Karen Neville says:

    This sounds like a book I’d love to review

  30. Aisha Stacey says:

    Sounds intriguing.

  31. Nora M says:

    Would LOVE to review this please.