I dated a cocaine dealer


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.

Big Brother is watching

George Orwell

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

Top in literary stakes


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

Through the looking glass

Mary O'Hagan

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

'Flawed brilliance'

peter wells strap

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.

Kiwi crime fiction comes to life

Paul Thomas

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

Auckland stories in line for prize

Auckland skyline

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

Musings about Booker


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

'Thought-provoking short-list'

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.

Burns Fellow 'honoured'

Louise Wallace

2015 University of Otago Burns Fellow Louise Wallace "honoured and humbled" by appointment.

This book changed my life

Reading by the fire

Written by a philosophy professor, this knockout of a novel is about what makes life worth living.

Glory of a gothic romance

Wuthering Heights book cover

I fell in love with Wuthering Heights and keep returning to have my heart broken with Heathcliff's again and again.

Depp led to the 'Real Ripper'

A new book claims to have unmasked Jack the Ripper - using the only forensic evidence in the case.

Quigley's stories a moveable feast

Sarah Quigley

Sarah Quigley plays with both style and form in her new collection of short stories.

Vintage reads: 84 Charing Cross Road


Browsers Bookshop owner Rachel Pope has a customer forcefully suggest a book to review.

Sherlock's Kiwi connection

William Honeyman

William Honeyman used logical processes of detective work in his fiction and it fascinated Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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