Books

NZ Book Awards future is secure

New Zealand Post Book Awards 2014: Eleanor Catton, Kirsten McDougall and Steven Toussaint.

The New Zealand Book Awards will be going ahead after a new sponsor has been found.

Putting sentences to the sword

Drop and gimme twenty: Auckland writer Helen Sword helps writers fight linguistic flab.

Author, professor, poet, linguistic gym mistress: Helen Sword has written the perfect book for any writer fighting flabby prose.

Scientists solve Christie's crimes

The Queen of Crime Agatha Christie

A panel of scientists has discovered a mathematical formula that can solve the writer's murder mysteries

Hey Dad! star suffers in jail 'hell'

Robert Hughes  is TV series Hey Dad!

Book details how sexual predator Robert Hughes suffers in jail, with fellow inmates throwing faeces and urine-filled milk cartons at him.

Family secret 'led to Ripper'

A drawing from the Illustrated London News for October 13, 1888, around the time Jack the Ripper was terrorising Whitechapel, entitled "A Suspicious Character".

Jack the Ripper's final victim is being exhumed for DNA testing for the first time ever.

The labours of love lost

Author Louis de Bernieres.

He wrote one of our most popular love stories, but author Louis de Bernieres has had a turbulent love life

Jerome Kaino: the real deal

"I love reactions to the haka. I never see it as disrespectful… My blood is boiling, but in a good way. I'm ready now."

REVIEW: A new biography reveals how All Black Jerome Kaino grew up.

MH370 authors: Find backs theory

Geoff Taylor, left, and Ewan Wilson, with their book on the loss of Malaysia Airways MH370.

The Waikato authors of a book theorising MH370's pilot crashed the plane say wreckage proves they may be right.

Finalist blown away by selection

Ruawai author Janet Balcombe is a finalist on the Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards.

A Northlland author's novel based on a true life struggle has been selected to be in a literary awards final.

Why Harry Potter fans are furious

No, J. K. Rowling isn't writing any new Harry Potter books.

A Twitter hashtag that made Harry Potter fans around the world very excited is not what it seems to be.

Rolling Stone editor quits, students sue

The Rolling Stone article 'A rape on campus' was later found to be fake.

Rolling Stone managing editor resigns in wake of now-retracted University of Virginia rape story.

'Bloody hell': Kiwi on Booker list

Kiwi author Anna Smaill is on the long list of 13 for the Man Booker Prize, with The Chimes.

Anna Smaill had a quintessentially Kiwi reaction after making the list for literature's top prize.

Chasing ghost in post-apocalyptic Wellington

Writer Hamish Clayton, whose second novel, The Pale North, is set in an earthquake-ravaged Wellington.

Hamish Clayton's second novel is a romantic ghost story set against the backdrop of an earthquake-devastated capital city.

Bring back Bullrush!

Jacket of David Slack's new book Bullrush

Why did we ever lose the love of bullrush, the playground game for everyone?

Trent Jamieson: The Best Books I Never Wrote

Author Trent Jamieson.

Sci-fi and fantasy author Trent Jamieson reveals is favourite books.

Slight but searing: Toni Morrison's God Help the Child

Short fiction and non-fiction reviews.

The lurid tale of Russia's oligarchs

Three of Ben Mezrich's books have been made into films, most recently The Accidental Billionaires which become The Social Network.

REVIEW: This breathless story of Russia's oligarchs reads more like a film script than a book, perhaps deliberately.

Nell Zink: young, talented and just a little odd

American author Nell Zink has captured international attention with her unusual novel, Mislaid.

Steve Walker enjoys a new novel by upcomer Nell Zink, for the most part, anyway.

A whole new ball game

Rugby star. Former lawyer. International sports coach. Novelist. Playwright. Screenwriter. Literary cross dresser. Auckland writer Greg McGee is quite a crowd. His new book The Antipodeans was his toughest challenge yet.

Phillip Melchior on Wanaka's mountain rescues

Phillip Melchior's new book, Mountain Rescue, is due out on July 31.

Wanaka journalist and search and rescue volunteer Phil Melchior's book, Mountain Rescues, is on sale from July 31.

Crowds captivated at book festival

Lynda’s grandmothers both contributed – posthumously – to the renovations: “We eat at my grandmother Patricia’s formica dining table, and the old novels on the bookshelf belonged to Grandma Clarice.”

A blend of engaging authors who connected with their audience was showcased at the second Marlborough Book Festival.

James Franco's eccentric project

James Franco

Acclaimed actor is so "infatuated" with singer Lana Del Rey, he is writing a book about her.

When Split Enz met Theodore Finch

Neil Finn and Split Enz in the music video for the 1980 single "I Got You".

The story behind the song behind the book – or how Split Enz came to star in young adult fiction's next big thing.

Mischievous cat Slinky Malinki turns 25

Children's author Dame Lynley Dodd
has been on a whistlestop tour of the South Island to celebrate 25 years since her first "Slinky Malinki" book first published.

Slinky Malinki, so brave and so bold, surprises us all, and turns 25 years old.

The Good Doctor: how a young Maori kid beat the odds

Dr Lance O'Sullivan is one of a tiny number of Maori doctors, who make up only three per cent of the medical practitioner population.

REVIEW: How a young kid went from a misfit to celebrated doctor and community leader.

Creative minds come to Marlborough

Hunter's managing director Jane Hunter is one of the sponsors of the Marlborough Book Festival 2015, which runs from Friday to Sunday.

A celebration of some of the most inspired minds in the country was conceived during a walk involving two writers on Marlborough's Wither Hills.

Why Australia doesn't like our authors

Alan Duff's Once were Warriors was a breakout literary hit.

Australia: so close in so many ways, and yet, in book publishing terms, so far away. Why don't our authors get a fair crack?

Louis de Bernieres' new novel: No Captain Corelli's Mandolin

Louis de Bernieres.

REVIEW: Louis de Bernieres returns to the family saga for the first time since Birds Without Wings.

Maurice Gee: a life revealed

Maurice Gee: Life and Work by Rachel Barrowman.

Rachel Barrowman’s biography is a book worthy of its subject’s talent and importance.

In brief: book reviews

The Time in Between:  A Memoir of Hunger and Hope by Nancy Tucker.

Book reviews from New Zealand and overseas.

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