Books

The man in black is a man of verse

Country music singer-songwriter Johnny Cash.

Paula Green can't help moving to the rhythm of Johnny Cash's poetry.

The art of the sketch

David Walliams has returned to sketch comedy for his latest show Walliams and Friend.

David Walliams is back with a (sort of) Little Britain follow-up.

Going, going, Goneville.

Very fine journalism: writer and broadcaster, Nick Bollinger.

Grant Smithies salutes a fine new book by fellow music writer, Nick Bollinger.

When education saves a life

Author JD Vance.

JD Vance was headed for trouble when his grandmother intervened and he got serious about school. Other parts of his story are less clearcut, finds Eleanor Black.

'It can be easy as a GP to become locked into a death spiral'

The author, GP and poet Glenn Colquhoun.

Poverty in New Zealand is too easily dismissed by lounge-chair pundits. But, as GP and poet Glenn Colquhoun writes, it affects us all.

Book reviews

Settle For More by Megyn Kelly and The Nix by Nathan Hill

A Life Story - Bob Stothart

Bob Stothart, physical educator and conservationist.

Educator and conservationist Bob Stothart.

Best Books I Never Wrote: Scott Hamilton

Author Scott Hamilton.

Judith Binney, Redemption Songs: A Life of Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki 

Growing up Christian, and gay

Wez van der Linde talks frankly about wrestling with homosexuality while being a Christian in his book Space for the ...

"I'm a perfectionist, I want things to be right, I want things to be perfect. And for me, perfect was not being gay."

Reading renaissance

Second-hand book sales are on the rise says SPCA Op Shop manager Karina Greenall.

Sales of second hand books are undergoing a revival as readers turn away from digital alternatives.

Captain Cook found in fridge

Belmont's Little Local Library opened in 2012, and has proved hugely popular.

Schoolboy discovers rare volume in Lower Hutt community's "fridge library".

New Zealand's hidden wonders gallery

Electrum is a sculpture on Alan Gibb's Makarau farm.

From the strange to curious, these seven wonders will inspire awe and wanderlust.

Writing the history of writers

From left, Leonie Couper and Sue Courtney wrote a book to celebrate the 40th jubilee of an Auckland-based writing group.

An Auckland based writing group has celebrated its 40th anniversary with a historical book.

The Exorcist author dies at 89

William Peter Blatty has died of multiple myeloma.

His screenplay about a girl possessed by a demon became a blockbuster worldwide.

Designer hunts 'killer ideas'

A designer of 20 years, Nick McFarlane explores processes of creative thinking in his new book Hunting the Killer Idea.

After designing album art for British band The Prodigy Auckland designer Nick McFarlane has written a book exploring creative processes.

In praise of older women

"Women are sexier for so much longer."

'Women are sexier for so much longer': one expert on towboys, cougars and why sex gets better as we age.

John Hughes movies inspire memoir

Searching for John Hughes' author Jason Diamond says Home Alone particularly struck a chord with him when he was a child.

How Home Along and Pretty in Pink shaped the expectations of one boy

A novel adventure

'I Love You, Send Money' is the debut novel from Wellington author Jordan Alexander and the first in a planned trilogy ...

Woman's first novel is winging it's way around the world in a charity-driven adventure.

David Bowie: Crazy, creative golden years

David Bowie in Paris in 1977.

It's been a year since he died. A new biography can help you remember...

Illustrator draws magic

Illustrator Josh Morgan signs a book for Marcus Young at the launch of The Marble Maker/Te Kaihanga Māpere at The ...

A Manawatu illustrator conjures up magic for a new book.

'In death, Dad looked healthier than he had in years'

Robin Dudding in the 1990s: beard, books and fag in hand.

SUMMER READ: Read an extract from 'My Father's Island', the new memoir by Fairfax reporter Adam Dudding.

Books offer best holidays and return

Dave Armstrong never travels anywhere without at least one book in his bag.

Holiday advice: Put down that phone, ignore everyone, and pick up a book.

Short story: Missing

John Summers' Missing was the winner of the non-fiction essay section of the Sunday Star-Times Short Story Awards 2016. Judge and Sunday Star-Times editor Jonathan Milne said it was a standout entry in a popular category.

Graham Norton's funny new chapter

Graham Norton: Funny man.

The beloved comic has written a novel - and it's really good.

What 2017 holds for book lovers

Neil Gaiman is delving into Norse Mythology in 2017.

The Martians are coming (again) and they're bringing Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology with them.

Return of The Breakaways

Former Breakaways guitarist Midge Marsden with a copy of the new vinyl LP.

Inspired by the music of 60s New Plymouth band The Breakaways, Grant Smithies ponders a wild and woolly side of NZ he missed as a child.

Children flock to turn pages

Motomi Morioka with her son Nobuo Morioka, 8, spend hours reading in Wellington Central Library.

Children's book borrowing is on the rise at Wellington Library.

Tractor with a tale to tell

Sophie Siers has written two books for children about Allis the tractor.

Allis is a little red tractor well-known to the nation's children.

Leslie Jones blasts book deal

Leslie Jones says Simon & Shuster are helping the far-right commentators "spread their hate".

A victim of far-right blogger Milo Yiannopoulos Twitter attacks, the Ghostbusters star is not happy he's being given another platform.

Hitler's Mein Kampf a hit video

Adolf Hitler initiated World War II in Europe and was central to the Holocaust in which about six million Jews were ...

German sales soar of a special edition of the Nazi leader's book outlining his ideology which led to the Holocaust.

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