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Third win for Paul Cleave

Crime writer Paul Cleave has won the Ngaio Marsh Best Crime Novel Award for the third time for his book Trust No One.

Christchurch crime writer Paul Cleave wins top award for his "stunningly audacious" ninth novel.

The best crime writers

Author Paul Cleave winning the 2015 Ngaio Marsh award.

Authors Paul Cleave and Ray Berard reveal the stories behind the crime novels that scooped last night's Ngaio Marsh Awards

Overhauling journalism

Many authors want substantial public investment in the news because it's an essential public service. 
Don't Dream It's ...

Show us the money

The incomparable Nina Simone

A screenshot from the Netflix doco, What Happened, Miss Simone?

The late, great singer was "an absolutely unreliable narrator of her own story" says her biographer

University has the write stuff

Tracey Slaughter.

Grant Smithies sings the praises of three recent books from Wellington's Victoria University Press.

Short story awards a career turning point

Author Sarah Laing.

Sarah Laing's writing career took off after she won the Sunday Star-Times Short Story Awards.

Review: Tribe, Sebastian Junger

Slim anecdotes do not make Sebastian Junger's intended point about community.

Review: Tail of the Taniwha, Courtney Sina Meredith

Tail of the Taniwha, Courtney Sina Meredith

With this book, Courtney Sina Meredith joins our very best writers.

Poetry on the fly video

Poetry and puppies will come together for today's National Poetry Day in a perfect storm of loveliness at the Poems for ...

Celebrate poetry day at a quirky event near you.

Award-winning book 'glorifies' killing

Keith Locke says his mother would not endorse the latest book to win the award named for her.

A book about the Anzacs should not have won an award named for a leading peace activist, says Keith Locke.

Review: Novel gritty and well-crafted

Christopher Abbey's crime novel hits the right note.

Palmerston North author Christopher Abbey

Children's books open world

Witi Ihimaera

Witi Ihimaera talks about the power of children's literature, ahead of the IBBY Congress featuring Marcus Zusak, Sir Richard Taylor and Martin Baynton.

When the mighty Fall came

The Press' photograph of Fall guitarist Marc Riley arriving at Christchurch Airport was on the front page of the paper ...

Cult British band The Fall's 1982 tour of New Zealand was defined by punch ups, legal threats and "astounding'' gigs.

Reviews: Richie McCaw: 148; Shelter

Richie McCaw: 148 by Richie McCaw

Richie McCaw's legend is burnished, plus a novel about domestic violence and racial tension.

Books, beasts and betrothals

Steampunk weddings are just one of the genres Green accommodates as a celebrant.

This legally blind archaeologist struggled to find work. Now she's a gothic wedding celebrant.

Best Books I Never Wrote: Paula Green

New York Pocket Book, Paula Green

Poet Paula Green on her favourite books.

'New treat' for Harry Potter fans

JK Rowling has announced three more Harry Potter books.

Despite saying the boy wizard's story is "done", JK Rowling unveils plans for three more books.

Reviews: Lying in Wait, The Voyeur's Motel

Lying in Wait, Liz Nugent

A high court judge kills a prostitute; and a motelier spies on his guests.

Review: Can You Tolerate This?

Can You Tolerate This? Ashleigh Young

A book of essays that concentrates on what truly matters resonates with a reader in crisis.

Book review: The Lost Time Accidents, John Wray

The Lost Time Accidents, John Wray

An extraordinary time-travel secret is revealed.

Review: Hystopia, David Means

Hystopia, David Means

Recovery from the Vietnam War is elusive and strange in this Man Booker longlisted novel.

Rejecting the gender agenda

Ivan Coyote and Zena Sharman at their wedding.

By rejecting the gender binary, award-winning Canadian writer Ivan Coyote has ended up having a lot of boring conversations about it.

From busking to book-writing

110816.Capital Day. KEVIN STENT/FAIRFAX NZ. Busker Daniel White has written a fantasy novel (HALFSTONE:A TALE OF THE ...

Street busker Daniel White's written his first book - and has already sent it to Peter Jackson to consider making the movie version.

Gates' author reveals her inspiration

Liz Pichon admits that she could never have planned to create a series like Tom Gates.

​'I've written what I'd have liked to read at that age' - Tom Gates' author Liz Pichon

New book on Wairau Bar village

Barry Holdaway with his book The Wairau And Its Forgotten Capital.

New books delves into the lives of early Wairau Bar settlers, including the Wairau Massacre and the 1855 earthquake.

Some like it cold

‘‘When the new religions were introduced to us, we left behind many beneficial practices that the new beliefs and ideas ...

Sheila Watt-Cloutier has gone from the ice age to the space age in one lifetime.

Romance in the air

Kiwi author Leeanna Morgan enjoys the magic of romance writing.

They create the escape route to the dizzying heights of love and passion. And now, they're all in the same place.

Heather Kidd: Best Books I Never Wrote

My Life in Golf, Heather Kidd

Heather Kidd shares her favourite books.

100 years of censorship

Ted Dawe, author of Into the River, said his plight with the censor's office was "really aggravating".

Sex, horror, crime, cruelty and violence are the big five the chief censor goes hunting for.

The international reader

Literary editor John Freeman wonders if the internet offers readers too much choice.

"I don't know if books can change the world, but they can help people survive the world."

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