‘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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REVIEW Refuge New Zealand: A Nation’s Response to Refugees and Asylum Seekers

May 20, 2017
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REVIEW Refuge New Zealand: A Nation’s Response to Refugees and Asylum Seekers

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 since 1840. She looks at why particular groups have been chosen over others and how policies have changed over...

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REVIEW Little India at Home

May 19, 2017
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REVIEW Little India at Home

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 the scrummy dishes fans will be familiar with, this soft-cover...

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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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