Share your love affair with books


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

Out of this world success from Outlander

Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon wrote the first Outlander novel "for practice".

Soundtrack of my life: Tracy Farr

Tracy Farr

Wellington-based writer Tracy Farr loved records in the 70s but gave up writing songs for fiction.

Vintage reads: The Name of the Rose


Kylie Thomson of Hamilton City Libraries finds a great novel from not that long ago.

Finding a lost continent


New science shows New Zealand is part of a continent that's 94 per cent underwater.

Eleanor Catton sets up grant for budding writers

Eleanor Catton

Eleanor Catton is using the money she won at the Book Awards to give writers more time to read.

Trafficking teeth and other cool things


One of the best parts of writing this blog is the opportunity to meet and "interview" some of my favourite authors

Architect first up for festival

Shigeru Ban

Within the cardboard structure of the cathedral he designed, architect Shigeru Ban opened Chch biennial writer's festival.

Luminaries not picked as best book in NZ

Jill Trevelyan

The Luminaries is good enough to win Man Booker Prize, but it's not the best book here.

Brain and brawn: How To Think About Exercise

Brad Pitt, Chad, Burn After Reading

Author Damon Young discusses why philosophy and fitness are a natural fit.

Harry Potter helped shape the political culture of a generation

Harry Potter

How has the boy-who-lived influenced political values and perspective of a generation?

The Chocolate Factory controversy revisited

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

What the new Chocolate Factory cover controversy says a lot about book industry and readers.

Pride among Vietnam veterans

Willie Walker is matter-of-fact when he talks about the battle of Long Tan, fought 48 years ago.

Characters become 'part of your family'


Amber Field loves Outlander so much she wore her first copy out. Here's what makes the book so great.

Demand for Dirty Politics stays strong

Hager strap

Four days and 10,000 copies later, and you'd still be lucky to get your hands on Dirty Politics.

Slater pushes back against Hager

cameron slater

Blogger Cameron Slater rips into Nicky Hager's book targeting him and the National Party.

Vintage reads: The Endless Steppe

Browsing books

Browsers bookshop owner Rachel Pope rediscovers a moving children’s book.

Hager book selling 'like wildfire'

Nick Fowler

The Nelson publisher of Nicky Hager's latest book Dirty Politics says he stands by Hager and published the book because it was of public interest.

Author offers student light reading relief

James Patterson


James Patterson's adventure book series offers an English undergrad light reading relief.

Kristin Hersh: Fluent in the language of music

Kristin Hersh

The woman whose music influenced Nirvana and the Pixies is coming to talk.

Vape, adorbs added to Oxford Dictionaries

Britain's Oxford University Pres

Don't know what "vaping" is? How about "listicle"?

LiLo: My book will be like Harry Potter


Lindsay Lohan says her upcoming memoires will be just like "Harry Potter".

Sci-fi books prove power of humanity


David Murray wasn't interested in books, until science fiction opened his mind to a world of possibilities.

Dirty Politics: Industry overwhelmed by demand

Nicky Hager Sold OUt

With 4000 copies sold by lunchtime, Nicky Hager's bombshell has "overwhelmed" the book industry.

Hitchhikers' Guide: A modern-day bible

hitchhikers guide to the galaxy

Is Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy a farcical space opera or a bible for the modern world?

Book of Changes offers new view

Browsing books

A manual on life for many, the philosophy behind the Book of Changes is a winner for Daniel Talis.

Hager: Book exposes National 'attack politics'

Nicky Hager

Author Nicky Hager says latest book exposes links between National Party and controversial blogger.

The book the world's been waiting for

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance could change everything, writes Nick Summerhayes.

Sci-fi horror show stirs up introspection

A tale of ultra-violence and the morality of human control keeps Jemma Richardson gripped.

Potty about Harry Potter books

Harry Potter


Danielle Calder may have lost her Potter glasses, but she retains her fierce love for the series.

This book will leave you sadder and wiser


The Drifters is a truly seminal novel for teenagers in the seventies - and today. That's what makes it a classic.

Is it possible to have too much Kardashian?

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian is planning a 352-page book of racy selfies. Narcissism - or just good marketing?

Vintage Reads: Peter Pan


Su Wollet of Hamilton City Libraries falls in love with a children's book whose title everyone will recognise.

New 'creepy' cover of Roald Dahl classic backfires

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Disturbed by remastered Roald Dahl book cover, punters ask: "Seriously, Penguin Books. Why not just get Rolf Harris to design the next one?"

Shooting survivor gets personalised Dumbledore letter

Cassidy Stay

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has penned a letter to a shooting survivor as one her most loved characters.

Chillax: Scrabble dictionary gets an update


Hey, chillax! Let's not be frenemies, let's smash a mojito, take a selfie and vlog about it later #awesome!

Pro-gun message in kids' picture book

My Parents open carry

A"wholesome" picture book aims to show children the benefits of having parents who openly carry handguns.

Eleanor Catton's stellar success

Eleanor Catton

The rampant success of The Luminaries has turned the New Zealand publishing world upside down.

Vintage reads: The heart is a lonely hunter


Sarah Corbet, of Hamilton City Libraries, heads back to 1940 for a taste of romance.

Meet the next bestselling authors: computers

Daenerys Targaryen

Could the next Game of Thrones or Harry Potter series be written by a computer?

The dark side of Comic Con

Woman at Comic Con

A group of women has drawn attention to groping, cat-calling and other forms of sexual harassment at the annual comic book convention.

Joy Cowley's favourite books

joy cowley strap

NZ children's author Joy Cowley lists some of her favourite books (besides her own).

Book review: Summer House with Swimming Pool

herman koch

REVIEW: Herman Koch's latest novel shows him to be the master of unease.

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.

Patrolling on

karin Slaughter

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

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.

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.
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