On the bookshelves: July 2017

June 19, 2017
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New releases coming in July. FICTION The Late Show, by Michael Connelly: A driven, young detective trying to prove herself in the LAPD (Allen & Unwin, RRP $37) Half Wild, by Pip Smith: Based on the true lives of Eugenia Falleni, Half Wild is Pip Smith’s dazzling debut novel (Allen & Unwin< RRP $33). Forgotten, by Nicole Trope:...

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‘Snark’ makes NZ Book Awards shortlist

June 9, 2017
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‘Snark’ makes NZ Book Awards shortlist

Southern author and illustrator David Elliot has been named as a finalist for this year’s New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. He has been shortlisted for the Russell Clark award – the illustrated section of the awards –  for Snark: Being a true history of the expedition that discovered the Snark and the...

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On the bookshelves: June 2017

May 18, 2017
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New releases coming in June. FICTION Sycamore, by Bryn Chancellor: A heart-wrenching, penetrating portrait of a small town with a mystery at its heart, and the yearnings, passions, and abiding need for human connection that animate it (HarperCollins, RRP $35). The Alice Network, Kate Quinn: Two women – a female spy recruited to the...

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Best-selling author to give cash for reading initiatives

May 16, 2017
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Best-selling author to give cash for reading initiatives

Author James Patterson announced a $100,000 donation to help get children reading in New Zealand and Australia. With sales in excess of 300 million copies around the world, Patterson is one of the biggest-selling authors of all time. He is prolific, talented and has an ability to write a variety of genres, from thrillers,...

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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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REVIEW Gallipoli: A Ridge Too Far

April 10, 2017
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REVIEW Gallipoli: A Ridge Too Far

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 of Gallipoli, with prominent historians from New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, France,...

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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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