Lauren Child confirmed for Auckland Writers Festival

May 12, 2017
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Lauren Child confirmed for Auckland Writers Festival

There will be something for everyone with a wide range of authors on the books for the 2017 Auckland Writers Festival in May. HarperCollins has confirmed authors Lauren Child, Susan Faludi, Jay Rayner, and more for the festival, which will feature a star-studded array of literary guests from New Zealand and beyond. “We are...

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Winner’s essay a ‘saga of migration’

New Zealand student Andy Xie, currently studying at Columbia University in the United States, has won the inaugural Landfall Charles Brasch Young Writers’ Essay Competition. It is published in Landfall 233. Landfall editor and competition judge David Eggleton described the essay as “a saga of migration and transformation, of landfall and then further wanderings … Andy Xie’s...

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On the bookshelves: May 2017

April 15, 2017
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On the bookshelves: May 2017

New releases coming in May. FICTION Based on a True Story, by Delphine de Vigan: What would you do if your closest friend tried to steal your life? A chilling, award-winning thriller and international bestseller (Bloomsbury, RRP $28). The Cows, by Dawn O’Porter: A powerful novel about three women. In all the noise of modern life,...

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The story of Gallipoli from all points of view

April 10, 2017
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The story of Gallipoli from all points of view

Gallipoli: A Ridge Too Far, edited by Ashley Ekins (Exisle Publishing, RRP $50) We always tend to focus on Gallipoli as an Anzac story but it was a battle involving seven countries, all of which suffered in the hell of the 1915 campaign. This new book takes a fresh approach to telling the story...

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On the bookshelves: April 2017

March 24, 2017
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On the bookshelves: April 2017

New releases coming in April. FICTION The Accusation, by Bandi, translated by Deborah Smith: A major publishing event: the first fiction ever to be smuggled out of North Korea—a remarkable literary discovery and a searing indictment of political repression (Serpent’s Tail, RRP $33). The Missing Pieces of Us, by Fleur McDonald: Sometimes you need to...

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Happy birthday HarperCollins

March 8, 2017
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Happy birthday HarperCollins

Publishing giant Harper Collins is marking its 200th anniversary. The company yesterday announced a worldwide campaign to celebrate two centuries of publishing, with a website hc.com/200 showcasing HarperCollins’ history and influence on readers of all ages, preferences and nationalities as the centrepiece of those celebrations. HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray says the publisher’s goal is unchanged from...

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Happy Birthday, Dr Seuss

March 1, 2017
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Happy Birthday, Dr Seuss

March 2 marks 113 years since the birth of the inimitable Theodor Seuss Geisel, who of course found fame with his pen-name, Dr Seuss. He died in 1991 but his legacy lives on in the well-loved books that have entertained generations of readers and changed the way children’s books were written. He continues to...

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On the bookshelves: March 2017

February 22, 2017
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On the bookshelves: March 2017

New releases coming in March. FICTION Vicious Circle, by C. J. Box: The past comes back to haunt game warden Joe Pickett and his family with devastating effect (Head of Zeus, RRP $35). To Know my Crime, by Fiona Capp: From award-winning writer Fiona Capp comes a novel about blackmail, risk, corruption and consequences...

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Deborah Challinor takes No 1 spot again

January 26, 2017
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Deborah Challinor takes No 1 spot again

Hamilton-based author Deborah Challinor has done it again: Neilsen Book Scan numbers for overall sales over the past calendar year show she is our No 1 bestselling New Zealand novelist for 2016, the second year in a row. Challinor has a PhD in history and has penned 13 bestselling period history novels. Her first...

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On the bookshelves: February 2017

January 25, 2017
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On the bookshelves: February 2017

New releases coming in February. FICTION Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman: Introducing an instant classic—the master storyteller presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths (Bloomsbury, RRP $30). Love, Lies and Linguine, by Hilary Spiers: The follow-up to Hester & Harriet finds delightfully irascible sisters on the move . . . which just goes...

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