Singapore bans gay-themed childrens' book

A kids' book inspired by a real-life story of two male penguins has been deemed inappropriate by Singapore libraries.

Why we need fairy tales


Why is Richard Dawkins so scared of fairy tales?

Vintage reads: Brave New World


Though originally published in 1932, Brave New World has stood the test of time remarkably well.

Why we must keep literary fiction alive


I can't hide it any longer. I read literary novels. Not only that, I love many literary novels.

More than 60 events at WORD festival

Eleanor Catton getting her investiture

WORD festival sees Eleanor Catton feature amongst some 100 writers and performers over five days.

16 things revealed in new Harry Potter story

Harry Pottter

Make no mistake, this is 100 per cent spoilers.

Greying Harry Potter returns in new story

Harry Potter

Harry Potter is back - mysterious, married, and going grey.

Vintage reads: The Go-Between


Browsers bookshop owner Rachel Pope finds a great 1950s novel on her shelves.

Book provides voice of a Kiwi at war

Jack Elworthy

War autobiographies on NZ bookshelves are mostly written by the officers; the NCOs were too busy fighting.

Appeal of print over ebooks intangible to Kiwis


Printed book defenders tend to be more forceful and emotional in their advocacy.

What I haven't learned from reading

If I take into account the last 15 years of my reading life, I may have spent as much as 10,000 hours reading.

A journey of 1070 kms begins with a single step

Annie Chapman

Annie Chapman has written a book about a journey and a campaign that is close to her heart.

Hold on to your brooms! Quidditch drops Potter


Never before has so much been riding on a broomstick. But in the fast-paced, real-life world of quidditch don't expect to see capes or any Harry Potters.

Rolf Harris' autobiography now reads like a coded apology to his family


Reading Can You Tell What It Is Yet after sitting through six weeks of his trial is like being mugged by old friend, writes Nick Miller.

Vintage reads: Jaws

2.4m grey nurse shark

Mark Caunter of Hamilton City Libraries has a thrilling tale to recommend. And you’ll recognise the title.

Men should be able to read YA, too

men reads

A former teen girl's magazine writer thinks real men should read Young Adult books.

Nelson bookshop NZ's best for a third time

Peter Rigg

Nelson independent bookshop Page & Blackmore Booksellers is tops again, winning the 2014 Nielsen Award for New Zealand Bookshop of the Year.

Book looks at journalist's career

David Robie

Veteran journalist Dr David Robie spent his career promoting issues pertinent to the Asia-Pacific region.

The mother of dragons

Robin Hobb

Best-selling fantasy author Robin Hobb writes of dragons, assassins and talking sailing ships, but she can't simply make it up.

The Boring Book wins top prize

Vasanti Unka

New Zealand’s top children’s book this year comes with an awkward name – The Boring Book.

Life and times of a photograper adventurer

Life and times of an adventurer

guy mannering

The dramatic tale of Christchurch high-adventurer Guy Mannering has been pieced together from diaries and mementoes.

Lift super age 'to beat child poverty'


Child poverty 'could be addressed' with help from money freed up by lifting the age of eligibility for NZ Super.

Reinventing Tony Parsons

Tony Parsons

He's known as a bestselling author of "man lit", but now Tony Parsons has turned to crime writing and is fronting a boxing documentary, of all things.

A big question for all readers


How do you find books nowadays? Do you trust the big publishing houses or do you search for self-published newcomers?

Abraham the book cat turns final page

Abraham the cat

Abraham, the much-loved star of children's book The Builder's Cat, has died, aged 20.

Sherlock Holmes belongs to the public

Sherlock Holmes

Fifty Sherlock Holmes works published before 1923 by Arthur Conan Doyle are in the public domain.

Read: The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

J.K. Rowlings

Read an exclusive extract of J.K. Rowling's alter ego Robert Galbraith's much anticipated second novel The Silkworm.

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith, chapter 2

J.K. Rowlings

Read the second chapter of Robert Galbraith's second novel, The Silkworm.

Breaking the code

Orfeo, Richard Powers

Richard Powers' new novel, Orfeo, is a compelling amalgam of music, surveillance and science.

Flash trades, flash boys

Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis continues his form as one of America's best non-fiction writers in his examination of Wall Street trading.

Investigating evil

Clive Small

How tracking down Australia's most notorious serial killer changed the face of the country's police force.

Sharp return for Koea

Shonagh Koea

Beneath the darkness of its central plot, Shonagh Koea's new novel contains plenty to impress.

Creator of mischievous puppy Spot dies


Eric Hill, creator of mischievous puppy Spot who enchanted millions of children around the world, has died.

Picture books: We ask the experts

Junior reviewers

When it comes to judging the best picture books in the country, we have asked the true experts.

Young adult books are not for old adults

The Fault in our Stars

Once, an adult might have felt embarrassed to be caught reading The Fault in Our Stars.

Novelist offers reward for laptop's return

maike wetzel

A German writer has made a cash plea for the return of her laptop or chapters of her new novel.

Poet, author Maya Angelou dies at 86

Maya Angelou

Author and poet Maya Angelou, who rose to become a force on stage, screen and in print, has died aged 86.

Clive James: I'll never see Sydney again

Clive James

Ill author says he's trying not to be morbid as advanced leukaemia and emphysema take toll.

What's on my to-read list

I've been so busy lately that I'm finding it difficult to carve out time to read.

Burglars steal writer's new chapters

maike wetzel

German writer on cultural exchange loses chapters from her new novel after thieves steal her laptop.

MH370: From speculation to fiction


Movies and books are already out offering theories from war games gone wrong to a love triangle.

C.K. Stead wins poetry prize

The inaugural Sarah Broom poetry prize was awarded to accomplished writer C.K Stead at the Auckland Writers' Festival today.

The lone wolves of fiction

Literature wolves

I was immediately drawn to this story on The Guardian about the top 10 loners in fiction.

Uni all about 'infinity of other worlds'

World-beating author celebrates graduation

Eleanor Catton

Booker Prize-winning author - and Victoria University alumnus - Eleanor Catton was presented with an honorary doctorate yesterday.

Fabulist Holocaust author ordered to pay $26m

wolves strap

An author who claimed she was raised by wolves after fleeing from the Nazis is ordered to pay $26 million.

Book review: Gutter Black: A Memoir

gutter black

Some of the antics, stories and myths that surround Hello Sailor, are revealed in this new memoir.

Nordic but not so noir

camilla lackberg

Camilla Lackberg is yet another of those fiendishly successful Scandinavian crime writers.

Technology not to blame for teen woes


Danah Boyd teens'-eye view of the digital world that sets her apart.

North Korea: truth is stranger than fiction

The Orphan Master's Son author Adam Johnson

Prof Adam Johnson has somehow become the accidental pop-culture expert on North Korea.

Alain de Botton: The modern muser

alain de botton

Alain de Botton on being liked, the news and Kim Kardashian's bottom.
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