‘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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Timely revisit to NZ’s story of refuge

May 20, 2017
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Timely revisit to NZ’s story of refuge

Refuge New Zealand: A Nation’s Response to Refugees and Asylum Seekers, by Ann Beaglehole (Otago University Press, RRP $45): The topic of this book may seem a little dry but is actually interesting reading. Ann Beaglehole is a refugee immigrant herself (Hungary 1956), and here examines our country’s response to refugees and asylum seekers...

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Simple steps to Indian cooking

May 19, 2017
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Simple steps to Indian cooking

Little India at Home, by Little India (Penguin NZ, RRP $40): I had no idea that Little India was first opened in Dunedin nearly around a quarter of a century ago. Now the chain has outlets throughout the country and has become a favourite among lovers of Indian cuisine, from Invercargill to Auckland. Based on...

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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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