On the bookshelves: January 2017

December 22, 2016
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On the bookshelves: January 2017

New releases coming in January. FICTION Marshall’s Law, by Ben Sanders: The gritty, explosive new novel from the bestselling author of American Blood (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33). The Slow Waltz of Turtles, by Katherine Pancol: A mega-bestseller in France—the follow-up to The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33). Win, Lose or...

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On the bookshelves: December 2016

November 23, 2016
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On the bookshelves: December 2016

New releases coming in December. FICTION The Complete Peanuts 1950–2000, by Charles M. Schulz and Jean Schulz: This bonus 26th volume of The Complete Peanuts collects all of Schulz’s non-strip related Peanuts art: storybooks, comic book stories, single-panel gags, advertising art, book illustrations, photographs and even a recipe (Canongate, RRP $33). The Fifth Avenue Artist’s...

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New competition for young writers

November 10, 2016
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New competition for young writers

An essay competition for young writers is being held to mark the 70th birthday of New Zealand’s longest-running arts and literary journal. Landfall will celebrate 70 years this year and editor David Eggleton and Otago University Press have launched the Charles Brasch Young Writers’ Essay Competition, open to writers aged between 16 and 21. The...

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Unusual names prove a winner

November 5, 2016
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Unusual names prove a winner

Airini Beautrais has taken out the 2016 Landfall Essay Competition, ahead of 50 other entries. Competition judge David Eggleton says her essay, Umlaut , stands out being “written by someone unwilling to be boring, willing to take risks, and enough of a seasoned practitioner to carry it off with sustained verve”. Umlaut is a...

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On the bookshelves: November 2016

October 17, 2016
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On the bookshelves: November 2016

New releases coming in November. FICTION The name on the Door is not Mine, by C K Stead: A new collection of stories from the literary giant and master craftsman, C K Stead, gathered from throughout his career (Allen & Unwin, RRP $37). The Wrong Side of Goodbye, by Michael Connelly: Unstoppable detective Harry Bosch...

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On the bookshelves: October 2016

September 22, 2016
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On the bookshelves: October 2016

New releases coming in October. FICTION Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult: The most thought-provoking and controversial novel yet from the #1 New York Times bestselling author ((Allen & Unwin, RRP $37). The Tao Deception, by John M Green: A Tori Swyft Thriller described by the publisher as “The Da Vinci Code meets James...

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On the bookshelves: September 2016

August 19, 2016
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On the bookshelves: September 2016

New releases coming in September. FICTION The Safest Place in London, by Maggie Joel: Two frightened children, two very different mothers, and one night of terrifying Blitz bombing during World War Two. And when the bombs stop falling, which families’ lives will be changed forever? (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33). The Museum of Modern...

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On the bookshelves: August 2016

July 21, 2016
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On the bookshelves: August 2016

New releases coming in August. FICTION The Fighting Season, by Bram Connolly: An explosive thriller from the heart of Afghanistan, by a former Special Forces Commando (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33). Wilde Lake, by Laura Lippman: The brilliant, moving and psychologically complex new standalone novel from the New York Times-bestselling author of After I’m Gone, And...

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On the bookshelves: July 2016

June 18, 2016
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On the bookshelves: July 2016

New releases coming in July. FICTION  The House Between the Tides, by Sarah Maine: With a nod to Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, a vivid triumph of intriguing storytelling and dark mystery (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33). Blame, by Nicole Trope: A tender and terrifying page-turner from a master of white-knuckle suspense and searing family drama...

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Painful breakups all round after infidelities

May 22, 2016
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Painful breakups all round after infidelities

Out of the Rough, by Steve Williams (Penguin, RRP $40): Steve Williams has something of an unusual claim to fame, being famous both here in New Zealand and abroad for being the man behind the champ. Sort of the power behind the throne. He’s one of New Zealand’s most well-known, and most well-paid, sportsmen....

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