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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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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