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Talking Back to Ritalin

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DEREK SEYMOUR

This is a must-read for anyone interested in an alternative view to the mainstream's affair with ADHD , writes Derek Seymour.

Superb speculative fiction

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NIK WESTON

Anathem by Neal Stephenson is a superb book, but it takes no prisoners, writes Nik Weston.

As good as the TV series

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CHOUL PANDAREN

The author of Primeval: Shadow of the Jaguar did a spectacular job of capturing the feel of the TV series, writes Choul Pandaren.

Life before Malaysia

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JANET OAKLEY

Garden Of Evening Mists tells the story of Aritomo, a Japanese gardener working in Malaya, writes Janet Oakley.

Nothing miserable in enlightening read

Les Miserables

The Les Miserables book is a daunting prospect as a behemoth on the bookshelf, but if you're focused it's well worth the read.

A rich classic

twist

JOHN RUSHWORTH

John Rushworth has just finished reading Oliver Twist to his daughter and says you can't beat the classics.

Breaking up Dawkins' tome

Dawkins Delusion

WARWICK SMITH

Oxford professor Alister McGrath pulls no punches in his response to Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion.

Try putting this down

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GRACE SUMMERS

"Where's Jessie?" Even as she breathes out the words, Karen Matthews knows that her worst nightmare has become a reality.

The most epic novel ever

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HAMISH MCPHAIL

Tolstoy delves so deep within the human psyche that this book will change how you think, writes Hamish Mcphail.

Insight into unimaginable horror

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MICHELLE WAINHOUSE

Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden is a shocking and disturbing account of life in North Korea, writes Michelle Wainhouse.

A rich tale with modern lessons

House of Mirth

ANDY GILLIES

Lily Bart's fall from high society makes for a beautiful read, one which echoes still today.

Rabbits on a quest a timeless tale

Watership Down

The journey of a group of rabbits toward a new home makes for a beautiful story.

Fright night with The Haunted

The Haunted

CAROL O'KEEFFE

For Carol O'Keefe it's a case of the scarier the better when it comes to books.

Rowling's latest like Coronation St

JK Rowling

PETER MCKELLAR

OK, forget Harry Potter, JK Rowling's latest is more like Coronation St, writes Peter McKellar.

Career choices and realism

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ESTA CHAPPELL

Follow your passion, everyone says. But it's bad advice, writes Esta Chappell.

Kiwi author's magic a draw

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JACKIE JONES

Jackie Jones is taken with the magical world created by Kiwi author Russell Turney.

A friend's recommendation

FOSSIL FUN: Tracy Chevalier's Remarkable Creatures is good reading.

ERIN MOORE

Erin Moore trusted her friend and was rewarded with a very lively read about fossils. Yes, fossils.

If we can put a man on the moon...

Buzz Aldrin on moon

Gerard Martin says a book that highlights what works and doesn't when Government policy is applied to everyday life is a great success.

Cracking the murder mystery

RIVETING: Peter Graham delves into the mindset of Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker.

JOHN STRINGER

A return to the Parker, Hulme murder case is a cracking read, throwing more light on a crime that shocked Christchurch and the world.

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SHINING A LIGHT: Stendahl's The Red and the Black.

ANDY GILLIES

Viewed by many as the first modern novel, The Red and the Black is set in the 1830s post-Napoleon France.

Not for the faint-hearted

not without my sisters

SHAY ROBINSON

Not Without My Sisters is a story of perversion and loss, but is also an account of immense love and immeasurable bravery.

From one war to another

TIME TRAVELLER: Diana Gabaldon's Outlander.

SARAH MCALPINE

Sarah McAlpine is hooked on the tale of a woman who finds herself 200 years in the past.

A walk on the dark side

The Gathering Dark

BEATRIX CARINO

The journey to Ravka and its Shadow Fold is full of flying fiends and magic moments, writes Beatrix Carino.

Back to the future for laughs

Connie Willis' book

MARILYN BAKER

Marilyn Baker goes back to the future with To Say Nothing of the Dog, a book full of humour.

When two worlds collide

The Last Kestrel

ANNA BERRY

A novel set in war-torn Afghanistan provides Anna Berry with much to ponder and share.

Clarke's Hal of a job

Arthur C. Clarke

MATT CLARK

Arthur C. Clarke went where no man had gone before for the Odyssey series, writes Matt Clark.

Crimechurch author rocks

Paul Cleave novel

MARSHALL DUFF

Paul Cleave's Christchurch-based thrillers are impossible to put down, writes Marshall Duff.

King's work stands test of time

Stephen King's The Stand

DERRI HERBERT

Stephen King's The Stand remains a classic and plays out like an epic HBO drama series.

Don't read this tripe

Cop to Corpse

STEVE DEVEREUX

Steve Devereux says Cop to Corpse by Peter Lovesey is absolute tripe.

A 1000 pages of action

TOME: Reamde

ANDY GILLIES

At over 1000 pages Reamde is a cyber thriller with some real weight.

Chocolat author's different recipe

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SARAH HARDIE

This tale of a lonely man's murder fantasies comes as a real surprise from the author of Chocolat.

Baby conundrum at novel's heart

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NEIL BREWER

Neil Brewer is engrossed by tale of a couple who couldn't have children only for fate to deliver them one.

An orgy of fun

Frank Muir book

MATT LARSEN

Matt Larsen says Frank Muir knows how to hit his funny bone time and again.

A great riff on rocker's life

Life

JASON TAYLOR

Jason Taylor was rocked by Keith Richards' autobiography, simply titled Life.

Party time for book fans

Afterparty cover

MARK BEESON

Mark Beeson buries himself in a novel about a paparazzi's dream scenario.

Too horrendous to believe

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

JANE BROWN

Jane Brown says Unbroken is a revelation, a gripping read that delivers shocking detail about WWII.

Grass greener beyond the Wall

Stardust

DARRYL KIRK

Darryl Kirk revels in the wonderful fairytale world that is created beyond the village of Wall.

Escape from North Korea

Escape

DAVID LIM

Escape from Camp 14 is what it says on the tin - a book that follows a harrowing and heartbreaking tale.

Martin the throne master

A Feast For Crows

DAVE STEARNS

Anyone who has read the four Game of Thrones novels will want to read A Feast for Crows by default, writes Dave Stearns.

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Rogue

AMELIA MOLLOY

Danielle Steel has never gone rogue on Amelia Molloy, who says the latest tome to cross her path is a winner.