When We Remember to Breathe
“This is a novel of howling wind and crashing water, broken bones, flower filled rooms and manic midnight painting, which sounds strange and unrelated but all these elements come together brilliantly under the penmanship of this talented new writer.” Southland Times June 2009.
“Fantastic, a gripping read” Ross Holden, News Talk ZB, 22 April 2009
“This is spine-shivering territory, the haunted past reaching out to touch the present, and turns it on its head. A book full of “real” women from an exciting new writer” Dame Fiona Kidman
“An exciting new literary talent, Michele is one to watch out for and, trust me, you’ll be able to feel the chill of the storm that brews throughout this gripping novel deep within your own bones.”
Sally Connor, NZ Women’s Weekly, 1 Feb 2010.
“a powerful first novel …”
Gwen Chaloner, Southland Times, 6 June 2009.
“a powerful tale …”
NZ Lawyer, 16 October 2009.
“inventive and bewitching ...”
Carmen Thompson, Ashburton Guardian, 25 June 2009.
“poignant and moving …a touching story full of beautiful imagery. Read it now and you’ll have bragging rights when Powles becomes well-known.”
Dash Magazine, 30 June 2009.
“an engrossing read…”
Judith McKinnon, Hawkes Bay Today, 16 May 2009.
“This is the best written book I have read in ages...”
Karyn White, librarything.com
“Shades of Michael Cunningham’s beautiful but terrible story The Hours run through this book...”
Karen Tay, Sunday Star Times, 7 June 2009.
“page turning power”
Metro Magazine, August 2009.
“a first-time novelist who writes with power and imagination. I am sure we will hear more from Powles. I hope we do.” Carol Atkinson, New Zealand Books, Winter 2009.
“..the author has a remarkable insight into troubled minds, and the ambiguous character of Eliza is delicious.”
Heather Talbott, Timaru Herald, 2 May 2009.
“…[The] main characters were nicely flawed..”
Laura Hewson, Otago Daily Times, 11 April 2009.
Anne McPhail, Wanganui Chronicle, 18 July 2009.
“Feisty & intriguing.”
Carole Beu, Easy Mix, 25 March 2009.
” fabulous imagery ...”
Mary McCallum, Your Weekend, Dominion Post, 4 April 2009.
"raw and unflinching...a touch of Margaret Mahy...elements of play throughout the book that's absolutely delightful..." RNZ review May 2019
"an utterly magical and stunning record of their foray into motherhood." "When We Remember to Breathe is a breathtakingly beautiful book that captures those seemingly small moments of motherhood for what they really are." Rebekah Fraser, NZ Booklover, May 2019.
"peppered with poetry, with and warmth about the small moments and disasters, the guilt trips and the glory..." The Hobson, May Edition 2019
"Charming" New Zealand Woman's Day, May 13 2019
"A raw and uplifting book" Weekend Herald, April 217 2019
"their interactions are funny, poignant, sad, philosophical and wry. It’s a book I would have loved to have when I was stumbling about in the dark with my new baby. It would have been more useful than the many baby ‘manuals’ I naively purchased which managed to not be helpful in the slightest." Emma Espiner, Newsroom, May 1st.
"Baring the raw joy, discomfort and humour in modern motherhood, this uplifting and fearless literature shoots from the hip and direct from the heart." Verve Magazine April 26
"Lovely, I cried" Noelle McCarthy - RNZ Saturday Mornings with Kim Hill, 30 March 2109
"a beautiful, almost whimsical, style of writing. The words flow gently across the page, intuitively exploring what it is that gives meaning to our lives in the new millennium." Kidspot
“This delightful journey through the first five years of mothering, as told by two friends, an author and a paediatrician, is must reading for parents, and parents to be. Wise and clever, always funny and sometimes sad, this collection goes deep to the heart of what it means to be a mother, and a friend.” – Sonja de Friez
"A poetic glimpse into motherhood - tangential, humorous and somehow reassuring.' Jackie van Beek
“It’s so, so good. I love the peaks and troughs, and how it flows and twines together.” – Fe Fi Fo Mum When We Remember To Breath is a breathtakingly beautiful book that captures those seemingly small moments of motherhood for what they really are.