Author weighs in on Snape debate

Professor Severus Snape "died to save the wizarding world", author JK Rowling says.

Why did Harry Potter choose to name his son after the bullying teacher? JK Rowling reveals all.

Hobbiton's unexpected visitor

Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi peers out of the front door of Bag End at Hobbiton.

Visiting Doctor swings by Middle-earth for a house call.

In brief: book reviews

Vernacular: The Everyday Landscape of New Zealand by Philip Smith and David Straight.

Short book reviews from New Zealand and overseas.

Bill Manhire: The Best Books I Never Wrote

New Zealand author and Enid Blyton fan Bill Manhire.

New Zealand author Bill Manhire reveals his favourite books.

A taste for the true: New Zealand's Best

Tell you What: Great New Zealand Nonfiction 2016 edited by Susanna Andrew and Jolisa Gracewood.

A second volume of anthology of New Zealand non-fiction again delivers the goods.

Students' stories come to life gallery

One of Keven Mealamu's illustrations for Home Sweet Home.

Eight students' stories have come to life, including Josephine Sim's story, with some help from Keven Mealamu.

All fishes, big and small

Clive Roberts with a bass while a uni student, circa 1971.

Dr Clive Roberts has devoted his life to studying fish, in and out of the water.

Bluff historians launch shipwrecks book

Bluff History Group chair Jan Mitchell at Stirling Point, Bluff, with the group's new book Shipwrecks Bluff Area 1845-1920.

What is believed to be the first book about Bluff shipwrecks is being launched by a group of the town's historians.

Sandy Hook survivor's tell-all story

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis wrote Choosing Hope about her experience of the Sandy Hook School massacre.

The woman who saved a classroom of five year olds from one of America's worst school shootings hits back at the trolls.

Sunday Snoop: Grey Lynn for the win

Publisher Paul Little on the changes to Grey Lynn, Auckland: "I don’t think I’m in a position to lament the change I myself have been involved in."

The publisher talks books, gentrification and road-tripping with his Grammy-winning son, Joel.

Mary Poppins: Born in Chch?

PL Travers as Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which she performed in Christchurch in the early 1920s.

She is the quintessential British nanny, but Mary Poppins may have first sprung to life in Christchurch.

In brief: book reviews

Real Modern: Everyday New Zealand in the 1950s and 1960s by Bronwyn Labrum.

Short book reviews from New Zealand and overseas.

John Irving ponders the passage of time in Avenue of Mysteries

Iconic novelist John Irving is showing no signs of slowing down with the publication of his 14th novel.

Michael W Clune: The Best Books I Never Wrote

Author Michael W Clune.

Author Michael W Clune reveals his favourite books.

In brief: book reviews

Simply Nigella by Nigella Lawson.

Short children and adult's book reviews.

New John Irving novel remains a mystery

Sexuality, intolerance, death and gender are all hallmarks of John Irving's novels, including Avenue of Mysteries.

John Irving treads well-covered ground with his latest novel.

Elvis Costello: a songwriter's memoir

Elvis Costello is an elder statesman of song, the Cole Porter of his generation.

This most interesting book could have done with the same polish Costello applies to his lyrics.

Memory lane, via Rotorua Retro Two

Some of the contributors to 'Rotorua Retro Two'

A second volume of Rotorua recollections has been committed to print with the launch last week of 'Rotorua Retro Two.'

Mastering the Masu menu

Masu by Nic Watt.

You too can cook like Nic Watt with all the recipes from his award-winning Auckland restaurant.

8 books that caused controversy

Imagery from the cover of Twilight by Stefenie Meyer.

Violence, sex and vampires. These novels are some of the most frequently objected to novels in recent history.

'Bodies' – the winning short story

FICTION: Christchurch writer Emma Hart's winning entry in this year's open division of the Sunday Star-Times Short Story Awards.

Carter: 'I could barely walk' video

Dan Carter was all smiles after the All Blacks' Rugby World Cup quarterfinal win over France but the next day he could barely walk.

The moment the star All Black thought his Rugby World Cup dream was over.

Carter often considered quitting video

Dan Carter has opened up about the self doubt that he had during his All Blacks career, which ended with the Rugby World Cup triumph last month.

Critics and nagging injuries had him thinking: "Why don't I just quit now?"

Weeds star dumped while pregnant

"It's hard to even breathe," writes Mary-Louise Parker of her experience of being left while pregnant with Crudup's first child.

Mary-Louise Parker has written a book about her public and painful breakup to Crudup.

Stuck in literature's pink ghetto

Wellington writer Anne Else lobbied her local library to remove "chick lit" signs.

Why do domestic dramas written by men win awards and plaudits, and domestic dramas written by women so often get stuck in the pink ghetto?

Siblings feature in royal present

Honor Walker, 8, and siblings Jack, 9, and Isabelle, 6, have starred in a new book about children and their pets called Little Loves. A copy of the book was given to Prince Charles on his recent visit. Mater the pig  also starred in the book along with the chooks.

Three Taranaki siblings and their pets may soon be seen in the royal library, after the book they feature in was given to Prince Charles last week.

Carter: 'What could I say to stars?'

Dan Carter is flanked be fellow Crusaders newcomers in prop Chris King, left, and winger Scott Hamilton at Rugby Park, Christchurch, after his signing was announced in October 2002.

In an extract exclusive to Fairfax Media, Dan Carter relives his stellar years with Canterbury and the Crusaders.

How the pick-up king got married

Neil Strauss, right, with rocker Dave Navarro.

Neil Strauss, author of the pick-up bible The Game, launched into swinging, polyamory and harems - then denounced the lot.

Wimpy Kid a Kiwi hero

Author Geoff Kinney with schoolchildren Niamh and Joel Doherty before an appearance in Sydney, November 2015.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney is winning hearts worldwide, including two diehard fans here in New Zealand.

Who exactly is Pooh?

Winnie the Pooh

Beloved children's character Winnie the Pooh's origin's have been revealed in a new book - and they may come as a surprise.

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