From Historical Novel Society - May 2020. Reviewer Helen Piper

Dione Jones offers an intriguing glimpse into the lives of the British aristocracy in the early 1900s and the present-day in her debut novel ... an interesting cast of characters and vivid storytelling ...

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From NZ Herald - 30 November 2019. Reviewer Maggie Trapp

It is an entralling mystery that reaches back to Tsarist Russia and World War 1 to end up in contemporary New Zealand. Along the way readers are immersed in a rich story that challenges us to think about race, class, family secrets and family ties.

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From Reviewer Theresa Smith


I can highly recommend The Alexandrite to those who enjoy family sagas with an element of mystery and an attention to historical detail. The author’s particular care to draw attention to Maori culture did not go unnoticed and added to the story. I also really enjoyed the commentary on class within England and the struggles of the ‘titled poor’, something I have come across in another novel this year and which held particular interest for me. All in all, there is little I could fault with this novel and much to be enjoyed. Dione Jones writes with flawless precision and I am keen to see what she might have waiting in the wings for us next.

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  • Where can you buy The Alexandrite?

The Book is now available for sale at all good bookshops – they should be able to order it if they do not have it in stock, and please email me if a supplier says he can't!

It is available in print form online at Unity BookshopWomens Bookshop, and from the publisher. The book is also available at Acorns of Clevedon.


It is also available as an e-book on in print, from Amazon and Kobo as well as other online suppliers. 


When it was launched, The Alexandrite was No.3 on the weekly Bestseller List for New Zealand fiction

  • Radio interview

Lynn Freeman is the host of a Sunday afternoon radio programme called 'Standing Room Only'. The interview was broadcast on Radio New Zealand 29th September 2019. Listen here

  • Video interviews

Kirsty Powell interviews Dione Jones as part of her Virtual Woolshed Tour, May 2020. Watch here

Dione Jones in lockdown talks about The Alexandrite. April 2020 Watch here

  • Visits, readings, launches

The South Auckland Writers Group meets monthly in Papakura and it was a great opportunity to share the excitement and success of the launch at the September meeting. The monthly stories we write have been great practice for The Alexandrite

The Going West Festival was held in September 2019, and the publisher Cloud Ink highlighted and held readings of some of the books being published this year, including The Alexandrite. The festival, based in Titirangi in Auckland is becoming an increasingly popular one.

The Clevedon Farmers Market was a great place for a speical launch of The Alexandrite in August 2019. The market is a great day out, and runs from 8am  until 1pm each Sunday in Clevedon. Always worth a visit. 

The official launch of The Alexandrite was at the Women's Bookshops in August. Lots of friends helped celebrate

The South Auckland Writers took place at Nathan Homestead, Manurewa in July 2019. It was very exciting to be able to introduce The Alexandrite. Congratulations to the organisers of the event.

This story won the Auckland Regional award in the National Flash Fiction competition 2016 and was published in Flash Frontier

This story appears in History Write Now, which is a collection of stories written by members of the South Auckland Writers group, each story inspired by an artefact in the Papakura Museum



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