Draco Malfoy's story revealed to fans

Harry Potter fansite publishes new insights about the bad boy that fangirls adore.

What I'm grateful for as a reader

This is it, folks... 'tis the season. Here are my top 5 reading gratitudes of 2014.

What to read this summer

Feminists are good at reading, having learned to embrace it in place of all the boys who never asked us out on dates.

Bringing out the inner adult

Australian author John Marsden has sold 5 million copies of teen fiction and is making his first foray into adult literature.

JK Rowling regrets killing this character

In a new short essay published on the Pottermore website Rowling said she feels guilty about killing off this character.

When the word was silence

Forty years ago Dame Joy Cowley wrote about a deaf boy who couldn't talk. For the past month, the writer tried being The Silent One herself.

Once had me

Read Once had Me, Tracy Farr's winning story of the open division of the Sunday Star-Times Short Story Awards.

About a boy

Boy who slept through the quake

Morgan McElroy's teacher did not believe him when she heard he slept through the September 2010 earthquake.

Top five books of 2014

OPINION: What were the top five best reads of 2014?

A memoir's downside

Lena Dunham has waded into memoir territory, where writers are criticised if their stories defy verification.

Best books of 2014

It's been a year of treasures from some favourite authors and the discovery of young talent.

JK Rowling's Harry Potter surprise

Christmas comes early for Harry Potter fans with the promise of 12 new short stories by JK Rowling.

Vintage read: The Color Purple

OPINION: This book is as honest and intimate as when I first read it.

Books for Christmas


Here's a list of suggested titles you can buy for the different people in your life.

Novelist wins 'bad sex' award

Booker Prize winner Ben Okri has won an award that is "a bit undignified, just like sex."

Vintage Read: Dead Water

OPINION: Rachel Pope of Browsers bookshop dips back into the past with a classic tale by Ngaio Marsh.

The ingredients to a great novel

Karen Tay

Through the best books, I have been a passenger inside many skins. What makes you want to keep reading a book?

Crime writer PD James dies

British detective writer PD James, who was best known for her mystery series featuring policeman and poet Adam Dalgliesh, has died.

Kiwi Air tale gets new wings

In the 1990s a pilot turned entrepreneur captured the imagination of the travelling public.

'NZ writers defy trend'

Kiwi writers are producing more work than ever before, despite warnings about book industry.

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