Vape: Oxford's word of the year

The old-fashioned smoko could soon be replaced by the more modern vapo.

Mystery cop writes crime

By day he's a cop, but after hours he is "Angus McLean - crime writer".

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From The Making Of The Princess Bride

It's inconceivable that the making of The Princess Bride hasn't been recorded until now.

Adult and teen fiction lines blurred

Harry Potter started adults reading teen fiction. But are teens now reading content way beyond their understanding?

The outside edge

Ancient myth and modern history converge in Porochista Khakpour's latest novel.

Not so in love with data

The chief data detective of OKCupid is oddly skeptical about algorithms and the science of prediction.

Poetry with purpose

Lionel Terry's murder of Joe Kum Yung left the story victim's identity untold, leading Chris Tse to write a collection of poetry.

JK Rowling's real-life inspiration

J.K. Rowling has revealed who she has based the much-hated character Dolores Umbridge on.

Uncovering Kabul's chameleons

A new book on the practice of young girls disguising themselves as boys is a compelling insight into Afghan society.

Re-reading your favourite kids books


Are most people disappointed when they re-read old childhood favourites?

Atwood masters murder

Margaret Atwood’s latest offering of short stories is wildly entertaining.

Batgirl gets a hipster makeover

Gotham City just got a lot more colorful - and a little more hip.

Live like a wizard

Pack your trunks, Potterheads. This hotel has a Harry Potter-themed suite.

GoT book: Bigger than anticipated

Martin's new book is 300 pages of back story and original artwork by the some of the world's top fantasy illustrators.

The death of a mutant

One of your favourite Marvel characters has been killed off, leaving fans of the comic series in disbelief.

Wellington writers scoop awards

Two of the three winners of the Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement hail from the nation's capital.

The joy of text

Book strap

Beautiful books, passionate printers, cult-ish conservationists - the faith in literature is strong with these people.

Al Brown, the emotional chef

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Chef Al Brown's tutor once told him his food was so leathery he should be a shoemaker.

Reading more than one book at a time

Karen Tay

To save time and get through my goal of reading at least a book a week, I should perhaps read more than one book at a time.

Apology for child porn remarks

John Grisham

Novelist John Grisham has apologised for his controversial remarks about child porn.

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