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James Patterson donates to NZ bookstores

Getting the world to read: James Patterson donates to Australian and New Zealand bookstores.

The world's biggest selling writer James Patterson is to dip into his personal fortune to help Kiwi booksellers keep children reading.

Writer Ruth Rendell dies, aged 85

Ruth Rendell, pictured in 2008, feel ill in Janaury.

Ruth Rendell, best known as the creator of Detective Chief Inspector Wexford, died in hospital on Saturday.

$10m payout for Fifty Shades publisher

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in the film Fifty Shades of Gray.

A US jury found a Sydney publisher had committed fraud.

Playing the long game

Author Anthony Horowitz

Best-selling children's author Anthony Horowitz has been in the game 38 years. He explains his remarkable survival in one of literary's toughest gigs.

Children of the revolution

Andrew Dean speaks for a generation financially paralysed by student debt, insecure work, and unaffordable housing.

Rhodes Scholar Andrew Dean speaks for a generation born after Rogernomics.

Flashpoints: George Friedman's warning on Europe

Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe by George Friedman, Scribe, $33.

REVIEW: Flashpoints: the Emerging Crisis in Europe

Laurie Halse Anderson gets real

Laurie Halse Anderson uses her story-telling to raise real life issues for teens and young adults.

Young people should see their experiences reflected in fiction, says Laurie Halse Anderson.

In short: book reviews

After the Crash by Michael Bussi, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, $38.

REVIEW: Short fiction and non-fiction reviews.

The Best Books I Never Wrote: John Daniell

Author John Daniell

Crime author John Daniell reveals his favourite books.

The Anzacs: an Inside View of New Zealanders at Gallipoli

A new book showcases the remarkable photos taken by New Zealand soldiers at Gallipoli.

REVIEW: A new book showcases the remarkable photos taken by New Zealand soldiers at Gallipoli.

Sex scandal inspired Mr Darcy

Colin Firth as Mr Darcy

'Intense' aristocrat who was married to Jane Austen's friend is the real-life character behind Pride and Prejudice hero.

Beautiful and repulsive: Coming Rain

Coming Rain by Stephen Daisley, Text Publishing, $37.

REVIEW: Stephen Daisley doesn't disappoint with his second novel.

Taylor Swift is louder than AC/DC

Can you believe pop star Taylor Swift booms over rock legends?

Taylor Swift's 1989 was apparently "vastly" louder than heavy torchbearers such as AC/DC's, Motörhead and Metallica.

China's lost children

London-based Chinese writer and journalist Xinran.

China's one-child policy has left a legacy of pain, according to one of the country's top writers Xinran.

Giving birth in house of horrors

While in captivity, Amanda Berry gave birth to a baby girl named Jocelyn, who Berry believes was conceived that morning after her mother died.

Cleveland kidnapping victim Amanda Berry tells how she gave birth to her rapist's daughter in captivity.

In short: book reviews

Sentenced to Life by Clive James.

REVIEW: Short fiction and non-fiction reviews.

Kate Atkinson's latest success

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson, Doubleday, $38.

REVIEW: A God in Ruins sees Kate Atkinson continue her dazzling form.

Science unlocks teenage brain

A neuroscientist who studies the adolescent mindset has provocative new insights on the teenage brain.

A neuroscientist who studies the adolescent mindset has provocative new insights.

Satin Island: fascinating and infuriating

Satin Island byTom McCarthy, Jonathan Cape, $48.

REVIEW: Satin Island takes the reader into strange places, in fascinating detail.

Chinese satire hits the mark

Banned by the Chinese Government: Yan Lianke's The Four Books.

REVIEW: The Four Books successfully ridicules a dark period of recent Chinese history.

Book news

Good news for writers Helen Macdonald and Anna Smaill.

Conditioning to Kill

The Complex Chemistry of Loss, by Ian Walthew, Bagshawe Books, $46.

REVIEW: A new book asks if computer games are conditioning a new generation to kill.

Drawing attention to climate change

Graphic novel anthology High Water features stories about climate change from 11 of New Zealand's top artists.

Kiwi comic artists concerned over rising sea level, super storms and climate change have put pen to paper.

The books most want to see banned

Unsuited for the age group? Complainers take aim at The Perks of Being A Wallflower, which became a major motion picture.

Gay penguins and alien lovers are among the subjects of the books Americans are most keen to see banned.

My breakfast with David

The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell, Sceptre, $38.

Booked-nominated British writer David Mitchell is quietly building a world of his own, as big as Middle Earth.

Austrian serial killer thriller: Woman of the Dead

Austrian author Bernhard Aichner spent six months as an undertaker's assistant as research for his novel.

REVIEW: Train crash literature: Woman of the Dead is a grisly revenge saga.

Tommy Wieringa's These are the Names: satire or allegory?

These Are the Names by Tommy Wieringa, Scribe, $37.

REVIEW: Dutch author Tommy Wieringa confounds and confronts with his prize-winning novel.

Murder most bleak: The Glorious Heresies

Lisa McInerney's The Glorious Heresies is a sprawling, violent, murderous and redemptive tragedy.

REVIEW: Irish author Lisa McInerney’s debut crime novel packs a punch, with surprising moments of beauty.

Writer Gunter Grass dies

Nobel prize-winning German writer Gunter Grass has died at the age of 87.

Gunter Grass, the Nobel-winning German writer who ran into controversy over his World War II past, has died.

Te Papa press facing closure

Te Papa - the national museum of New Zealand - is considering shutting its printing press for up to five years.

Four jobs could go at the national museum as Te Papa's printing press faces closure.

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