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Tolkien's 'darkest work' released

The story of Kullervo is an early, unfinished work by JRR Tolkien.

An early, unfinished manuscript by JRR Tolkien is set to be published in the United Kingdom.

The Best Books I Never Wrote: Karen McMillan

New Zealand author and cancer survivor Karen McMillan.

Cancer survivor and author Karen McMillan reveals her favourite books.

In short: book reviews

Friday on My Mind by Nicci French.

Short fiction reviews.

Young poet recreates women in history

Poet Nina Powles will speak at the 6 Poets in 60 Minutes event at Unity Books for National Poetry Day.

A young poet will play an important role in National Poetry Day events.

Waitomo Caves inspires kids e-book series

Nat Sheppard's adventures continue in The Ship of Sight and The Hand of Shadow.

An e-book series starting at Waitomo Caves is inspired by the author's time as a tour guide.

Abuse survivor's autobiography to help others

Childhood sex abuse survivor Christina Gillmore in Wellington.

An abuse survivor needs help publishing her autobiography.

Books are back - and in living colour

Books are back! Or, at least that's what Bookman says.

OPINION: I was chatting over whisky with a man in the book trade. Is there no limit to the glamour of the life I lead? No, there is not.

The girl who came back to life

Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander in the 2009 Swedish film adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Salander returns in the new novel The Girl in the Spider’s Web.

The late Stieg Larsson's editor reveals how tattooed hacker Lisbeth Salander was resurrected for a new novel.

Exclusive extract: The Girl in the Spider's Web

Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander in the 2009 Swedish film adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Salander returns in the new novel The Girl in the Spider’s Web.

EXCLUSIVE: The continuation of Stieg Larsson's Millennium series, The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz.

Jack Reacher is back

Jack Reacher, played here by Tom Cruise, returns with a new adventure in Make Me.

An exclusive extract of the first chapter from the new Jack Reacher novel, Make Me by Lee Child.

In short: reviews of R.H.I., Stray and Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers by Stephen King.

Short fiction reviews.

Holly Madison exposes life at the Playboy mansion

Perhaps not a perfect match after all: Holly Madison and Hugh Hefner.

Former Playboy Bunny Holly Madison takes aim at Hugh Hefner.

A novel take on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Vanessa Tait, author of The Looking Glass House and great-granddaughter of the original "Alice".

The great-granddaughter of "Alice in Wonderland"' has penned an intriguing fictional debut.

Magical and miraculous

Sarah Winman, who wrote the bestselling When God Was a Rabbit, returns with another magical offering.

REVIEW: English author Sarah Winman has conjured up something magic in her new novel.

A sweet caress but little depth

Author William Boyd has enjoyed international success with his previous novels.

REVIEW: William Boyd takes a similar approach to Any Human Heart in his new novel, but something is missing.

Simon Grigg: The Best Books I Never Wrote

How Bizarre: Pauly Fuemana and the Song that Stormed the World by Simon Grigg.

Music producer Simon Grigg reveals his favourite books.

In short: book reviews

Something to Hide by Deborah Moggach.

Short fiction and non-fiction reviews.

The Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour

Edinburgh's Cafe Royal is a glorious slice of the past.

There are worse things to do than listen to tales of key Edinburgh writers, stopping for a few drinks on the way.

Death and bereavement: Louis de Bernieres new novel

Louis de Bernieres, who wrote the best-selling Captain Corelli's Mandarin, returns with another well-researched novel.

REVIEW: The first in a new trilogy by Louis de Bernieres sees him mine familiar territory.

Thriller focuses on genetic modification

Former Fairfax journalist Geoff Mein wrote The Alo Release under his pen name of Geoffrey Robert.

Wellington is the scene for much of a new international thriller.

The poet and the priest

Poet James K Baxter and John Weir at St Bede's College, Christchurch, in 1967.

John Weir's Complete Prose of James K Baxter is a monument to an important friendship.

Galassi's galaxy

Muse, by Jonathan Galassi

One learns to write a book by writing it, says publishing "gentleman" giant Jonathan Galassi. He talks with Marco Sonzogni ahead of a New Zealand visit.

Rabbit tops Amazon best seller list

A psychologically-designed children's book claims it can send kids to sleep in minutes.

A best selling book written by a Swedish psychologist claims it can send children to sleep.

Hager thought Dirty Politics would 'sink'

Dirty Politics author Nicky Hager spoke at the Taranaki Arts Festival.

Dirty Politics author Nicky Hager thought his book was going to sink without a trace.

What's on Obama's reading list?

President Obama is on holiday and the White House has released his reading list.

President Barack Obama is on Martha's Vineyard for his annual holiday. This is his reading list.

Genius girl is new Marvel hero

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

Lunella Lafayette will be like a "female Inspector Gadget" in Moon Girl and the Dinosaur - a remake of a 1970's Jack Kirby comic.

Making God relevant

Richard Dawkins, photographed in the Christchurch Town Hall in 2010, and other "new atheists" have attacked religious belief but have also helped to create a public appetite for the subject

Anglican Minister Ron Hay has written a prize-winning book about Christianity for a secular age.

Death of the book greatly exaggerated

Jenna Todd at Time Out in Mt Eden, Auckland.

The Young Book Retailer of the Year is building a hard-copy career in a digital world.

A Time and Place: St Joseph's Primary School

Writer and teacher Lino Nelisi works with students at St Josephs School in Otahuhu, South Auckland.

A slice of everyday life at St Joseph's primary school in Otahuhu, where the roll is 90 per cent Pasifika.

How Game of Thrones will end

Jon Snow the latest character to meet his end in the series Game of Thrones.

George R. R. Martin says the end of his Song of Ice and Fire books won't be a "horrible apocalypse" scenario; that's not the tone he's hoping to end on.

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