Books

Kiwi bookbinders bound together

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Beautiful books, passionate printers, cult-ish conservationists - the faith in literature is strong with these people.

Al Brown, the emotional chef

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Chef Al Brown's tutor once told him his food was so leathery he should be a shoemaker.

Reading more than one book at a time

Karen Tay

To save time and get through my goal of reading at least a book a week, I should perhaps read more than one book at a time.

Grisham says sorry for child porn remarks

John Grisham

Novelist John Grisham has apologised for his controversial remarks about child porn.

John Grisham child porn argument 'wrong'

John Grisham

John Grisham's argument in defence of people who watch child pornography is wrong, a child protection group says.

New Zealand Book Awards scrapped for next year

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The NZ Book Awards will not be held next year as organisers push through a major revamp of the literary event.

Richard Flanagan wins Man Booker prize

Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan was so excited to win the prestigious Man Booker literary prize that he hugged the Duchess of Cornwall.

A Mansfield birthday bust

Katherine Mansfield Birthplace

A new Katherine Mansfield bust was unveiled to celebrate the renowned Wellington writer's birthday at her former Tinakori Rd home.

Harry Potter fan theory uncloaks Hallows

Harry Potter

Warning: this theory is riddled with spoilers, and not safe for Muggles.

Mafia hunter Roberto Saviano: I'm a monster

Roberto Saviano

There's no one the Mafia fears quite like Roberto Saviano. For that the Italian writer continues to pay a high price.

What's new? Slow reading clubs...

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We don't read like we used to, which is where the Slow Reading Club comes in.

Te Reo learning tool in demand

Rob Tucker

Photographer Rob Tucker's book Where Does Gas Come From? has been translated into Te Reo.

James Frey's fantasy factory

James Frey, Endgame

Defrocked memoirist James Frey's new book is apocalyptic tosh - and readers can win cash!

Ali Smith's new read doubly good

 Ali Smith

Ali Smith's new novel - shortlisted for this year's Man Booker prize - is extraordinary.

John Cleese on sex, money and disappointment

John Cleese

John Cleese, whose memoir reveals he lost his virginity in NZ, explains why he was such a late starter.

Vintage reads: Rebecca

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Loren Calder of Hamilton City Libraries finds a gothic romance still captivates.

Patrick Modiano wins the Nobel prize for literature

Patrick Modiano

French novelist Patrick Modiano has been awarded the Nobel prize for literature for his work about Nazi occupation.

Short story of a writing life

Emily Perkins

Author Emily Perkins about imaginary worlds, acting and the e-books v print debate.

Is skipping to the end of a book cheating?

Karen Tay

Out of all the literary confessions I've made on this blog, this one shames me the deepest.

Journo's book reveals abuse on fishing boats

The catch

A veteran journalist has helped expose the inner workings of foreign charter fishing vessels in New Zealand seas.

JK Rowling's anagram puzzles fans

jk rowling

JK Rowling has sent the Muggle world into a frenzy with just 12 words.

Mystery surrounds ancient books

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The hunt's on for the owner of two ancient and rare books mysteriously donated to a Kapiti book fair.

New JK book aimed at helping teenagers

John Kirwan

Former All Black Sir John Kirwan is journeying even further into the darkness with his latest book.

Jimmy Page tells his story in photos

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From innocent chorister to screaming rocker - guitar legend Jimmy Page looks back on the ultimate career in modern music.

Yotam Ottolenghi, the spice whisperer

Yotam Ottolenghi

Celebrated chef Yotam Ottolenghi on his Middle Eastern roots, his “second coming out” and eating pipi in NZ.

David Nicholls on becoming a man of letters

David Nicholls

David Nicholls explains how pens, paper, and envelopes got him into the business of writing novels.

Blushes and pride for Bob McNeil's daughter Sacha

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As Kiwi reporter Bob McNeil launches his memoir, his daughter Sacha McNeil reveals what it was like to follow in his footsteps.

Gillard lifts lid on difficult years as Aussie PM

Julia Gillard

First there was Julia Gillard's trenchcoat that divided a nation.

Was Michael Rockefeller eaten by tribesmen?

michael rockefeller

A new book on the untimely - and possibly grisly - demise of a Rockefeller is both fascinating and frustrating.

What's your favourite book of all time?

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What's that one dog-eared, well-loved book that you always return to when you need a good read?

Fault In Our Stars author withering over book ban

The fault in our stars

The Fault in Our Stars author has issued a sardonic response to news of his book's US school ban.

Vintage read: The Return of the Soldier

Woman reading on the grass

Browsers Bookshop owner Rachel Pope finds a book to reflect upon in this World War I centennial year.

Robot brings family closer together

Bruce Laybourn

Years after an international abduction, Bruce Laybourn's family is healing, helped along by a robot.

Inside the Guinness Book of Records

chris sheedy

Meet Chris Sheedy: Mr Guinness Book of Records, Downunder.

New-found Baxter poem likely to touch a chord

James K Baxter

A previously unpublished poem by James K Baxter seems sure to resonate across the decades when it goes on sale next month.

Naked, feral inspiration

Paul Gilbert

Paul Gilbert has written an ambitious fantasy novel in which evil enters a perfectly democratic world. He talks to Diana Dekker.

Would you date a non-reader?

Karen

I firmly believe that the perfect relationship for a reader, is with another reader.

I had a child with a major drug dealer

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Robyn Windshuttle recalls her long affair with a man who was charming, charismatic ... and a major drug dealer.

Vintage reads: The Shipping News

Woman reading on the grass

Mark Caunter of Hamilton City Libraries finds a Pulitzer Prize winner from the early 1990s that's still a winner.

How to speak money

John Lanchester

For author John Lanchester, understanding the language of money was liberating.

Books about the surveillance state

George Orwell

So in the spirit of the election tomorrow, here are some insightful novels about surveillance.

Winemaker takes top NZ literary prize

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The BNZ Literary Awards winners have been announced with a Hawke's Bay winemaker taking the top prize.

Mary O'Hagan's memoir of madness

Mary O'Hagan

REVIEW: A memoir of madness is deliberately upsetting and beautifully packaged.

Journey to a Hanging would be a great novel

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REVIEW: The line between fact and fiction dissolves in Peter Wells' book Journey to a Hanging.

Vintage reads: The Call of the Wild

Browsing books

Melissa Goode of Hamilton City Libraries heads to the Yukon in a classic tale.

Sports author turns to Kiwi crime fiction

Paul Thomas

New Zealand writer Paul Thomas tells of his jump from sport to crime books.

Auckland stories in line for prize

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A new award is offering $12,000 for a "quality text work about living in Auckland".

Musings about the 2014 Booker shortlist

Karen

I really struggled with this year's Man Booker Prize shortlist. Both the authors whom I thought should have made it, didn't.

Man Booker Prize short-list announced

man booker prize

The Man Booker Prize short-list is out, but there is no chance of a Kiwi repeat.

Frankton: Tale of town that could be

	 Barry Lafferty

Barry Lafferty has a long family connection with Frankton and this Saturday will launch the first modern history of the suburb.
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