Ithaca, by Alice Benge (Te Herenga Waka University Press 2023)

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Ithaca is a collection of personal essays, mostly about belonging and home. She has had an interesting life - a childhood in Ethiopia with missionary parents, a spell in the Australian army, Bible school, an attempt at the pilgrimage trail the Camino in Spain, among other adventures. It's a remarkably honest and engaged collection, thought provoking, emotional and confronting, as well as being brilliantly written and an effortless, frictionless read.