Oops: Dr Libby books recalled

November 6, 2017
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Oops: Dr Libby books recalled

Aussie food guru Libby Weaver has had a potentially costly and very much embarrassing error.

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REVIEW Everybody’s Fool

October 20, 2017
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REVIEW Everybody’s Fool

A decade after Nobody’s Fool, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo’s returns to the same characters for a new novel: Everybody’s Fool. Set in the not-so-salubrious American town of North Bath and taking place over a weekend, this new novel has all the heart, grittiness and quirkiness of the first book. The good-hearted but stroppy...

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On the bookshelves: October 2017

September 28, 2017
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New releases coming in October include a novel from C K Stead, a celebration of Kiwi cats and a new illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. FICTION: The Necessary Angel, by C K Stead: A novel that takes you to the heart of contemporary Paris and into a world of...

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Here’s my 2 cents worth …

September 27, 2017
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Here’s my 2 cents worth …

My first trip the America was a baffling experience when it came to the money: what’s up with those coins? The Aussie ones are bad enough, with the $2 coin being so much smaller than the $1, but the Americans have inflicted us with a 5c coin that’s bigger than the 10c, and terminology...

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REVIEW Killing Time

September 12, 2017
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REVIEW Killing Time

Dubai is known for its luxury and excess, but scratch the surface and you’ll find the glitzy tourist destination isn’t quite so bright and shiny. The laws in Dubai are much more strict than in the West, and the consequences of breaking those laws can be brutal, as author and musician Karl Williams found....

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On the bookshelves: September 2017

August 28, 2017
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Lynda La Plante has a new book coming out next month and there’s a first-hand look at life in Gloriavale by Lilia Tarawa. FICTION: Good Friday, by Lynda La Plante: From the creator of the award-winning ITV series Prime Suspect, this is Jane Tennison’s story, from rookie police officer to fully fledged detective (Zaffre,...

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REVIEW Three Words: An Anthology of Aotearoa/NZ Women’s Comics

August 10, 2017
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REVIEW Three Words: An Anthology of Aotearoa/NZ Women’s Comics

If you happen to read the mainstream newspapers and magazines in this country (in fact, in most countries) you could be forgiven for thinking there were no women comic writers. Even at first glance on the internet, this appears to be a male-dominated industry with little mention of women anywhere. Three Words dispells that...

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James Patterson announces beneficiaries

July 31, 2017
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James Patterson announces beneficiaries

Best-selling author and reading advocate James Patterson has announced the recipients of his cash injection to help get children reading. While touring Australia in May, Patterson announced plans to donate a total of $100,000 to bookstores throughout New Zealand and Australia, with individual story able to request up to $5000 each to spend on initiatives...

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On the bookshelves: August 2017

July 16, 2017
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New releases coming in August. FICTION The Way Back, by Kylie Ladd: A gripping psychological drama about a teenage girl who disappears for months. Whan a life has been shattered, how do you put the pieces back together? (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33). Off Reservation, by Bram Connolly: Australian Special Forces commander Matt Rix...

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REVIEW The Last Mile

June 23, 2017
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REVIEW The Last Mile

Melvin Mars sits in a cell, awaiting execution for the brutal murder of his parents two decades. However, just hours before he is scheduled to die, he is granted an unexpected reprieve when someone else confesses to the crime. In this second “Memory Man” book to feature Amos Decker, he is now the latest...

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