Holiday reading

Karen Tay

I'm off on holiday for three weeks - to exotic, hopefully book-filled shores.

Quiz and win with NZ Post Book Awards


Take the quiz and be in to win a selection of this year's NZ Post Book Award finalists.

Eleanor Catton makes NZ Book Awards shortlist

Eleanor Catton

It would be surprising if Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries didn't show up on the Book Awards shortlist.

Book review: Bark a skillful collection

Bark, by Lorrie Moore

Author Lorrie Moore takes her time with a new book, but it's worth it.

Patrolling on

karin Slaughter

Best-selling crime writer Karin Slaughter says female cops still do it tough.

Vintage reads: A Town Like Alice

book sale

Browsers bookshop owner Rachel Pope says if you've only seen the TV series, you're missing the best of Nevil Shute.

One for the record

Helen Riddiford

Helen Riddiford was determined to give early settler George Evans a better rap in Wellington history.

Readers are the better lovers


Readers are, scientifically speaking, apparently the best people to fall in love with.

Harper Lee didn't OK book about her

Harper Lee

The reclusive author of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee, says she never OKed book about her.

Dream comes true for author

Abby Wilder

If working part time and raising two children wasn't enough, Abby Wilder has self-published her debut novel.

I married a prison inmate


When Lorri Davis began corresponding with a convicted murderer, she never thought she'd fall in love.

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.
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