July 20

Interview with J.P. Pomare on On Writing podcast


On Writing – Episode 55

The guest is Rob McDonald debut author of The Nancys. Rob is a fellow Kiwi and The Nancys is a riotous crime/coming-of-age story about Tippy Chan and her uncle and his boyfriend who, inspired by Nancy Drew, set out to solve a crime in a small town in South Island, New Zealand. We talk about ‘breaking through,’ writing small town real life settings and how to write a first novel.

Photo from “Murder in the Library” event

July 14

Soap Phone! The Nancys review (and manicure and soap phone) by @neweditionbookshop

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πŸ’– this @___wolfess @jetlagmama ! Kristy the soap phone 🀩Posted @withrepost β€’ @neweditionbookshop We liked The Nancys so much we made our manicures match (and a soap phone too). 11 year old Tippy Chan, avid Nancy Drew reader and a pretty sharp tack, her Uncle Pike and his boyfriend Devon join forces to solve a murder mystery in small-town South Otago (and makeover their spiky neighbour to take out the annual Show Queen sash). It’s a darkly funny, sweet and shambolic novel and handy for your digital detox too βœ¨πŸ·πŸ•΅πŸ½β€β™€οΈ . . . . . . . . . . . . . #inapprops #thenancys #southotago #murdermystery #nancydrew #book #reading #staffpick #goodbook #manicure #rainbowglitter #fiction #newrelease

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July 11

Radio National – ABC The Book Show – Debut writers series: The Nancys by R. W. R. McDonald



July 8

NZ Listener book review – The Nancys


July 2

NZ The Nancys book launch – University Bookshop Otago

July 1

New Zealand Woman’s Weekly – The Nancys book of the week!

The Nancys is New Zealand Woman's Weekly Book of the Week !

Posted by RWR McDonald on Monday, July 1, 2019

June 29

The Nancys – Sydney Morning Hearld’s Fiction Pick of the Week

June 27

Readings Books – Pride Month

June 26

Another #TheNancys review I love from Jessie @southisle_bibliophile

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Posted @withrepost @southisle_bibliophile I loved The Nancys SO MUCH!!! It's narrated by 11 year old Tippy Chan and set in Riverstone, a very Balclutha-like small town in southern NZ. Tippy's mum goes on holiday and her Uncle Pike and his super extra and amazing boyfriend Devon come to look after her from Sydney. Hilarity ensues. BUT also murder… and the three, inspired by Nancy Drew, decide to do their own detective work. I loved that this was narrated by a kid but is an adult's book, and lots of the stuff the adults say goes over Tippy's head. Tippy, Devon and Uncle Pike are all hilarious and lovely, I laughed out loud, snorted, etc a lot. (Devon's soap phone for example "yes this is she"). Anyway it's heartwarming, dark and very funny all at the same time. Thank you so much @allenandunwinnz for the copy! And thank you @rwrmcdonald for this great book! From a gal whose Dad grew up in Balclutha 😘 #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #booksofig #bookstagramfeature #bookish #bookishfeature #bibliophile #bookworm #bookstagramnz #thenancys #bookreview #pink #readersofinstagram #nzbooks

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6PR radio interview with Chris Ilsley

Author RWR McDonald on his laugh-out-loud murder mystery The Nancys