Author: Naida Mulligan

REVIEW The Taming of the Tights

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…

REVIEW Enon

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…

Recommended reading for dealing with kids

Raising Stress-Proof Kids; Parenting Today’s Children for Tomorrow’s World, by Shelley Davidow MsEd (Exisle Publishing, RRP $30): This is a must-read parenting guide by Australian author, teacher and expert in restorative practice, Shelley Davidow. Her award-winning books deal with a…

Poetic insight to the world of autism

Cloudboy, by Siobhan Harvey (Otago University Press, RRP $25): Essential New Zealand Poems: Facing the Empty Page, selected by Siobhan Harvey, Harry Ricketts and James Norcliffe (Godwit, RRP $45): Siobhan Harvey is an internationally recognised poet who has been critically acclaimed through…

Bookmarks: short fiction reviews

A roundup of short general fiction reviews: The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, by Rachel Joyce (Black Swan, RRP $35): This novel comes with a healthy critical reputation and is by an award-winning, internationally best-selling author. If you’ve read The Unlikely Pilgrimage…

Climate debate heats up

Living in a Warmer World: How a changing climate will affect our lives, edited by Jim Salinger (Bateman, RRP $40): Eighteen essays by chiefly Australian and Kiwi scientists detail what is happening as our planet gets warmer and examine both…