Dr Seuss' adult book of female nudes


In 1939 Theodor Geisl aka Dr Seuss set out to "draw the sexiest babes he could".

On the road with Ele, Witi and Joy

Eleanor Catton in front of Taipei Book Festival 2015 display of Luminaries.

When New Zealand descended on the Taipei book fair this month, Adam Dudding, was there.

A stolen childhood

Chrsitchurch woman Beverly Wardle-Jackson's life started off badly and went that way for years. She reveals all in a new book.

A horrific tale of abuse of children in care half a century ago emerges in a new book.

The next Eleanor Catton?


New Zealander Anna Smaill's debut novel is garnering international praise.

Artists back Eleanor Catton

DEFENDING HER RIGHT TO SPEAK HER MIND: More than 130 artists have backed author Eleanor Catton.

More than 130 artists have backed author Eleanor Catton’s right to speak her mind.

Thomas turns page on crime

BOOK OF BLOOD: Writer Julie Thomas is back, this time with a murder mystery.

Best-selling Waikato author Julie Thomas takes a big risk with her second novel.

Teen wrote 'Paper Towns' line

This week, author John Green confessed that his most quoted line - attributed to his novel 'Paper Towns' - isn't actually his.

Author John Green has taken to the internet to clear up the origin of a quote mistakenly attributed to him.

'Naggio' twisted tongues

NOT THAT HARD: Ngaio Marsh, pronounced Ny-e-o, in 1977.

She was a queen of crime, her name mentioned in the same breath as Agatha Christie.

There be dragons

He has become used to confounding critics and readers with his unpredictability. Kazuo Ishiguro's latest novel is no different.

He has become used to confounding critics and readers with his unpredictability. Kazuo Ishiguro's latest novel is no different.

Dr Seuss returns with new book

Dr. Seuss.

Dr Seuss long ago passed from the scene but old manuscripts by the beloved children's author keep turning up.

To shill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee's famous novel drew the fictional Maycomb of To Kill a Mockingbird from people and events in her home town of Monroeville, Alabama.

Investigating how the uneven first draft of a famous novel came to be an instant bestseller, months before publication.

What to read after Fifty Shades

EROTIC SCENES: The film Fifty Shades of Grey is based on the bestselling book.

Here are five recent romance treasures for those ready to take the next step into the world of wild romance.

Anastasia is actually feisty

NO THRILLS: Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in a serviceable film.

REVIEW: The sexual politics aren't completely repellent, since feisty Anastasia gives Christian Grey a run for his money, writes Sarah Watt.

Horrors of Ravensbruck

An epic book on a women-only concentration camp shines new light on what happened there.

Books critical to path of teen mum video

LESSONS IN LIFE: Victoria Scheule with two of her students Genuine Mahu, 10, left,  and Denise Pickett, 10.

As a new teenage mum, Victoria Scheule would read her son The Gruffalo.

Kiwi up for big short story prize


A New Zealand author has a shot at winning the richest prize for a short story in the world.

Andrea di Robilant's talk of roses

Andrea di Robilant, Italian journalist, historian and author of Chasing the Rose

A rose is not just a bunch of pretty petals. It's quite possibly an intelligent creature, Andrea di Robilant tells Diana Dekker.

Marvel's new female Avengers

The A-Force will be an all-female team of Avengers featuring some of Marvel's most popular women characters.

Marvel and DC Comics reveal plans to diversify story-telling for fans, including all-female Avengers team.

Catton one of 3 novelists honoured

Eleanor Catton

Despite being labelled "a traitor" to NZ, Eleanor Catton is one of three novelists to receive recognition in annual Waitangi Day Honours.

Review: Some Here Among Us

Series of vignettes: Peter Walker’s Some Here Among Us captures an acute sense of New Zealand’s past.

REVIEW: A new novel set in the late 20th century is entertaining but incidental.

Prince Charles wanted to pull out of wedding

DOOMED FROM THE START: Prince Charles considered  jilting Diana at the altar.

Prince Charles reportedly considered jilting Diana at the altar, telling an aide the night before his wedding: "I can't go through with it.".

McCullough farewelled in Norfolk ceremony

Author Colleen McCullough.

Australian author Colleen McCullough has been farewelled at a modest graveside service on Norfolk Island.

Harper Lee to publish second novel video


To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee is to publish her second book in more than 50 years.

Unity turns page after flooding

CLEAN UP: A staff member at Unity Books on Willis St in Wellington rescues books after the store was flooded by a burst pipe.

Unity Books have started a fresh chapter after the disruptive flooding of last week, re-opening for trade today.

The art of diplomacy

The Art of Excavation by Leilani Tamu.

A civil servant takes to poetry and takes an unusually blunt approach.

Celebs for libraries

LITERARY FAN: Lorde has spoken out in defence of libraries.

The country's cultural heavyweights have waded into the debate about cuts to National Library's school lending service.

Eleanor Catton: 'A book is a doorway'

Eleanor Catton

OPINION: Imagine the sudden dissolution of all sports stadiums, fitness centres and recreational facilities in New Zealand, rationalised by the argument that if kids want to learn about sport they can watch it on TV.

Intellectuals should speak out

Eleanor Catton: An elite in intelligence and talent.

OPINION: New Zealanders like their elite to be humble and plain-speaking.

Let's be clear - she started it


You can vote, and then you can just shut up. When a young slip of a thing criticises our leaders that is beyond the pale.

'Culture of fear and hysteria' - Catton

Eleanor Catton has accused the "powerful Right" of silencing those who disagree.

Award-winning author Eleanor Catton describes the 'frightening swiftness...of the powerful Right' to silence criticism after her comments on NZ and its Government.

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