Phillip Melchior on Wanaka's mountain rescues

Phillip Melchior's new book, Mountain Rescue, is due out on July 31.

Wanaka journalist and search and rescue volunteer Phil Melchior's book, Mountain Rescues, is on sale from July 31.

Crowds captivated at book festival

Lynda’s grandmothers both contributed – posthumously – to the renovations: “We eat at my grandmother Patricia’s formica dining table, and the old novels on the bookshelf belonged to Grandma Clarice.”

A blend of engaging authors who connected with their audience was showcased at the second Marlborough Book Festival.

James Franco's eccentric project

James Franco

Acclaimed actor is so "infatuated" with singer Lana Del Rey, he is writing a book about her.

When Split Enz met Theodore Finch

Neil Finn and Split Enz in the music video for the 1980 single "I Got You".

The story behind the song behind the book – or how Split Enz came to star in young adult fiction's next big thing.

Mischievous cat Slinky Malinki turns 25

Children's author Dame Lynley Dodd
has been on a whistlestop tour of the South Island to celebrate 25 years since her first "Slinky Malinki" book first published.

Slinky Malinki, so brave and so bold, surprises us all, and turns 25 years old.

Creative minds come to Marlborough

Hunter's managing director Jane Hunter is one of the sponsors of the Marlborough Book Festival 2015, which runs from Friday to Sunday.

A celebration of some of the most inspired minds in the country was conceived during a walk involving two writers on Marlborough's Wither Hills.

Why Australia doesn't like our authors

Alan Duff's Once were Warriors was a breakout literary hit.

Australia: so close in so many ways, and yet, in book publishing terms, so far away. Why don't our authors get a fair crack?

Louis de Bernieres' new novel: No Captain Corelli's Mandolin

Louis de Bernieres.

REVIEW: Louis de Bernieres returns to the family saga for the first time since Birds Without Wings.

Maurice Gee: a life revealed

Maurice Gee: Life and Work by Rachel Barrowman.

Rachel Barrowman’s biography is a book worthy of its subject’s talent and importance.

In brief: book reviews

The Time in Between:  A Memoir of Hunger and Hope by Nancy Tucker.

Book reviews from New Zealand and overseas.

Bianca Zander: The Best Books I Never Wrote

New Zealand author Bianca Zander.

New Zealand novelist Bianca Zander reveals her favourite books.

EL Doctorow, author of Ragtime, dies

El Doctorow, critically acclaimed author of the novels Ragtime and Billy Bathgate has died.

Writer EL Doctorow, who wryly reimagined the American experience in such novels as Ragtime, Billy Bathgate and The March has died.

The demon drink

Sarah Hepola was the girl who didn't remember what she'd done the night before.

A well-crafted, humourous autobiographical account of life, with all the good and bad decisions that come with it.

Greed and glory

Amitav Ghosh's research into the diction and practices of Anglo-India in the 1830s is extraordinary.

This wonderful historical novel set in Anglo-India in the 1830s is a blend of high adventure, satire and romance.

Ghosts of Wellington past

Gifted Wellington novelist Hamish Clayton imagines his city in ruins.

Slinky Malinki reaches milestone

Children's author Dame Lynley Dodd reads to a group of excited children and parents at Cromwell PaperPlus on Monday to celebrate Slinky Malinki's 25th birthday.

One of the great cats of children's literature, Slinky Malinki, has turned 25.

Rowling reveals Hogwarts shock fees

Harry and Hedwig

Muggles have been trying to work out how much it would cost to attend for years. Now they have their answer

Mahy, Locke honoured in playground

An artist's impression of the Margaret Mahy Playground.

A playground named after children's writer Margaret Mahy will now also pay homage to a fellow author.

Why Go Set a Watchman changes everything

Harper Lee, who won the Pulitzer Prize Award for Fiction in 1961 with To Kill A Mockingbird.

We'll never read To Kill A Mockingbird in the same light, after the publication of Go Set a Watchman.

All dressed up and somewhere to go video

Jessy Edwards, aka Princess Leia, goes undercover to learn about Wellington's ComicCon.

A reporter goes undercover to investigate the hype behind ComicCon.

Life in Brownleegrad

An abandoned house in the Christchurch residential red zone. All of our houses have stories, says writer Fiona Farrell.

Fiona Farrell has written a marvellous and wise book about life in Christchurch after the earthquakes.

Jamie's World's new venture

Jamie Curry is...confused?

Jamie of Jamie's World fame promises to take her 10 million fans behind the scenes with a new book.

From a distant age

Czech writer Milan Kundera.

In the 1980s, Czech writer Milan Kundera's novels had a glamorous appeal. But without Soviet totalitarianism to rub up against, what is left?

A New Zealand perspective on the Holocaust

New Zealand author Lynn Jenner.

REVIEW: Lynn Jenner's new book tells the story of human loss and restoration.

Brief book reviews

My Life: It's a Long Story by Willie Nelson.


Weird turn-ons

Jesse Bering, author of Perv.

Falling down stairs, faeces, fog ... Otago academic lifts the lid on those with unusual sexual appetites.

In short: book reviews

June by Gerbrand Bakker.

Short fiction and non-fiction reviews.

Michele A'Court: The Best Books I Never Wrote

Michele A'Court cites Clive James and Neil Gaiman as influences.

Comedian Michele A'Court reveals her favourite books.

Harper Lee book read in 25 mins

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee.

A British speed reader has finished Harper Lee's much anticipated novel, Go Set A Watchman, in less than half an hour.

The spy and his son

Bryan Denson has penned a fascinating tale of father and son spies.

This stranger-than-fiction spy story is a compelling read.

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