Holiday reading

Karen Tay

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

Quiz and win with Book Awards


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

Catton on 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 'skillful'

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.

'Angry and saddened'

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.

Variety is the WORD

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.

JK Rowling revives Harry Potter

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.

Rare voice of Kiwi at war

Jack Elworthy

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