Robyn Windshuttle recalls her long affair with a man who was charming, charismatic ... and a major drug dealer.
Mark Caunter of Hamilton City Libraries finds a Pulitzer Prize winner from the early 1990s that's still a winner.
For author John Lanchester, understanding the language of money was liberating.
So in the spirit of the election tomorrow, here are some insightful novels about surveillance.
The BNZ Literary Awards winners have been announced with a Hawke's Bay winemaker taking the top prize.
REVIEW: The line between fact and fiction dissolves in Peter Wells' book Journey to a Hanging.
REVIEW: A memoir of madness is deliberately upsetting and beautifully packaged.
Melissa Goode of Hamilton City Libraries heads to the Yukon in a classic tale.
New Zealand writer Paul Thomas tells of his jump from sport to crime books.
A new award is offering $12,000 for a "quality text work about living in Auckland".
I really struggled with this year's Man Booker Prize shortlist. Both the authors whom I thought should have made it, didn't.
The Man Booker Prize short-list is out, but there is no chance of a Kiwi repeat.
Barry Lafferty has a long family connection with Frankton and this Saturday will launch the first modern history of the suburb.
2015 University of Otago Burns Fellow Louise Wallace "honoured and humbled" by appointment.
Written by a philosophy professor, this knockout of a novel is about what makes life worth living.
I fell in love with Wuthering Heights and keep returning to have my heart broken with Heathcliff's again and again.
A new book claims to have unmasked Jack the Ripper - using the only forensic evidence in the case.
Sarah Quigley plays with both style and form in her new collection of short stories.
Browsers Bookshop owner Rachel Pope has a customer forcefully suggest a book to review.
William Honeyman used logical processes of detective work in his fiction and it fascinated Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Kiwi author Eleanor Catton is short-listed for the world's biggest literary prize for young writers.
HILLEL ITALIEA series of illustrated books has made Minecraft one of publishing's most successful franchises.
There's one thing that has always been by my side, my companion, my solace and ever reliable...
The Book of Hat by 20 year-old Harriet "Hat" Rowland topped charts, but not before she died of cancer.
What's that one dog-eared, well-loved book that you always return to when you need a good read?
Diana Gabaldon wrote the first Outlander novel "for practice".
Wellington-based writer Tracy Farr loved records in the 70s but gave up writing songs for fiction.
Kylie Thomson of Hamilton City Libraries finds a great novel from not that long ago.
New science shows New Zealand is part of a continent that's 94 per cent underwater.
Eleanor Catton is using the money she won at the Book Awards to give writers more time to read.
StuffOne of the best parts of writing this blog is the opportunity to meet and "interview" some of my favourite authors
Within the cardboard structure of the cathedral he designed, architect Shigeru Ban opened Chch biennial writer's festival.
The Luminaries is good enough to win Man Booker Prize, but it's not the best book here.
Author Damon Young discusses why philosophy and fitness are a natural fit.
How has the boy-who-lived influenced political values and perspective of a generation?
What the new Chocolate Factory cover controversy says a lot about book industry and readers.
Willie Walker is matter-of-fact when he talks about the battle of Long Tan, fought 48 years ago.
Amber Field loves Outlander so much she wore her first copy out. Here's what makes the book so great.
Four days and 10,000 copies later, and you'd still be lucky to get your hands on Dirty Politics.
Blogger Cameron Slater rips into Nicky Hager's book targeting him and the National Party.
Browsers bookshop owner Rachel Pope rediscovers a moving children’s book.
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.
AMY MACAULAYJames Patterson's adventure book series offers an English undergrad light reading relief.
The woman whose music influenced Nirvana and the Pixies is coming to talk.
Don't know what "vaping" is? How about "listicle"?
Lindsay Lohan says her upcoming memoires will be just like "Harry Potter".
David Murray wasn't interested in books, until science fiction opened his mind to a world of possibilities.
With 4000 copies sold by lunchtime, Nicky Hager's bombshell has "overwhelmed" the book industry.
Is Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy a farcical space opera or a bible for the modern world?
A manual on life for many, the philosophy behind the Book of Changes is a winner for Daniel Talis.