Books

Masala Shakespeare

Jonathan Gil Harris, author of The Firangis

A Kiwi Shakespeare scholar living in India reflects on what it means to be 'home'.

Elementary 2.0 released

Ben Smart, 21, and Olivia Hope, 17.

Ian Wishart has released a follow-up Scott Watson book containing original witness statements.

Michele A'Court on laundry and what's next

Michele A'Court has completed touring with her show Stuff I Forgot to Tell my Daughter, but isn't slowing down any time soon.

After months of touring, Michele A'Court is finally home. First order of business - laundry day.

"I knock on wood every day"

Lance O'Sullivan used to wear his 'lucky silks' for good luck on the racetrack.

Think you're not superstitious? You'd be surprised at the everyday habits that began life as superstitions.

Book returned... 68 years late

A woman has returned A.W. Reed's Myths and Legends of Maoriland nearly 68 years after it was due.

She borrowed the book as a child and returned it as a grandmother - but avoids a $7,300 fine.

The next chapter video

Browsers owner Rachel Pope will be moving across the road soon, to Riverbank Lane.

"I have an ultimate faith that there will always be a market for books, for stories, for information, for something produced beautifully," Rachel Pope says.

Review: The Drowned Detective

The Drowned Detective, Neil Jordan

Neil Jordan is one of those annoying writers with stellar parallel careers, but you can't help being impressed by his latest novel.

Suzanne McFadden: Best Books I Never Wrote

Striking Gold by Suzanne McFadden

Suzanne McFadden shares her favourite books.

Review: Dog Run Moon by Callan Wink

Dog Run Moon by Callan Wink

The wilds of Montana are brought into sharp focus in this debut story collection.

Reviews: Fits & Starts, Beside Herself

poetry

Two poetry collections delight the senses.

The many loves of Jane Smiley

Author Jane Smiley: "I have run my love life like a guy."

The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer on her epic love life, her sprawling novels and the sorry state of American politics.

Fantastic Beasts in the book store

Eddie Redmayne in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

The script of JK Rowling's Harry Potter prequel will be released as a book.

Review: Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

Everyone Brave is Forgiven, Chris Cleave

British writer Chris Cleave fictionalises his family history to great effect in this charming but bloody World War II tale.

Reviews: Open Your Eyes, Jackson Ryder; and An Isolated Incident

Open Your Eyes, Jackson Ryder by Rudy Castaneda Lopez

A richly detailed coming-of-age tale and a nuanced murder mystery.

Review: Love as a Stranger, Owen Marshall

Love as a Stranger, Owen Marshall

The country's most celebrated short story writer delivers a well-plotted novel which is both sweet and dark.

The Iron Butterfly

“She knew how to work people and, most of all, knew how to work men.”

An extract from the new book Enter Helen: The Invention of Helen Gurley Brown and the Rise of the Modern Single Woman by Brooke Hauser.

Rowling hints at new Potter storyline

JK Rowling has given the first peek inside up-coming play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

JK Rowling gives the first peek inside up-coming play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Gilly Macmillan: The Best Books I Never Wrote

The Perfect Girl, Gilly Macmillan

Gilly Macmillan shares her favourite books.

Review: Work Like Any Other, Virginia Reeves

Work Like Any Other, Virginia Reeves

A man's imprisonment in the American South in the 1920s shines light on inhumane system.

Review: The Forgetting Time, Sharon Guskin

The Forgetting Time, Sharon Guskin

Novel about children who report memories of past lives is perfect dinner-party fodder.

A war in words

An image from Experience of a Lifetime of a New Zealand soldier paying his respects to a deceased comrade. His mate was ...

A newly released book from Massey University Press takes what we know about World War I and pushes it that little bit further.

A surgeon's poignant goodbye

When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi

A medical memoir with a twist.

Game of Thrones spin-off coming?

Author George RR Martin says Game of Thrones could easily get a spin-off, but it may not include our favourite ...

Author George RR Martin isn't ready to leave Westeros yet, has offered HBO a spin-off if they're keen.

Anne Frank book to be auctioned

A book that once belonged to Anne Frank is for sale fro the first time in more than 40 years.

A cherished copy of Grimm's Fairy Tales that belonged to the little girl, who died in Bergen Belsen, is for sale.

Gender agenda

The Argonauts, Maggie Nelson

When you get right down to it, does the boundary between male and female even matter anymore?

The queen of good (and lousy) advice

"She knew how to work people and, most of all, knew how to work men.”

Decades after Helen Gurley Brown helped ignite the sexual revolution, she's having a bit of a hipster revival.

The truth about cooking like Gwynnie

The writer's version of Bo Bun Salad, from Gwyneth Paltrow's book It's All Easy.

Gwyneth Paltow's new cookbook promises It's All Easy. And maybe it is, if you are an Oscar-winning lifestyle guru - but I am not.

Reviews: Clean Cakes; Kanohi: My Face

Kanohi: My Face, by Kitty Brown and Kirsten Parkinson

Healthful cakes and te reo for babies.

Review: The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood

The One-in-a-Million Boy, Monica Wood.

The unexpected friendship of a centenarian and an 11-year-old.

Bestseller 'bombed' before Girl on Train

Paula Hawkins says she's nothing like the lonely drunk character who would cement her success.

Paula Hawkins' chilling psychological thriller was a game - and a life - changer.

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