Loveable heroine concludes her story

February 20, 2017
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Loveable heroine concludes her story

The Taming of the Tights, by Louise Rennison (HarperCollins, RRP $26): This completes a trilogy about the narrator Tallulah Casey, following Withering Tights and A Midsummer Tights Dream. Lullah attends some sort of drama school in the small village of Heckmondwike near Skipley in Yorkshire. I’m not sure about the significance of the name...

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Bleak but still excellent reading

February 19, 2017
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Bleak but still excellent reading

Enon, by Paul Harding (Random House, RRP $30): This was the second novel for Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Harding, and was published near the end of 2104. His debut novel is called Tinkers and, if this story is anything to go by, it is not surprising that it’s an award-winner. The praise for it includes...

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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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