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October 7, 2016

With the end of study looming and buckets of free time on the horizon the important question is: what are you going to read (when you’re not on Netflix)? We have a few suggestions for all kinds of readers.   A Little Life Hanya Yanagihara This sprawling novel has been up for some major awards […]

October 2, 2016

★★★★ Editor: Holly Hunter   Mimicry is a new, nifty little Wellington-based literary and arts journal, packed with poetry, fiction, nonfiction, visual art (and even music!), all packaged sweetly in confectionery colours. On the first page, under the heading “NEPOTISM”, editor Holly Hunter declares the contributors to be her “incredibly talented and creatively driven friends.” […]

October 2, 2016

★★★ Author: Ian McEwan Publisher: Jonathan Cape   With 2016 the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death (sad), we’ve been assailed with a slew of retellings and tributes to the Bard in the literary world. Novelists Anne Tyler, Jeanette Winterson, and Howard Jacobson have already published their Shakespeare-inspired novels, with Margaret Atwood set to release her […]

September 24, 2016

★★★★★ Author: Lindy West Publisher: Quercus   Every so often a gutsy, vital book comes along that insists to be read, shared, and discussed. Shrill, a collection of essays by Lindy West, might just be that book for 2016. West is a writer best known for her part in the fat acceptance movement and for […]

September 11, 2016

★★★★★ Author: Lorrie Moore Publisher: Faber & Faber   Self-Help is the first short story collection from American writer Lorrie Moore, published in 1985. It’s the kind of collection that might make you feel badly about your own attempts at writing short fiction—her skill at crafting a story around small actions and observations with poignancy […]

September 4, 2016

★★★★★ Author: Ashleigh Young Publisher: Victoria University Press   When reading a personal essay I look for that glimmer of recognition, that secret sign, that the writer knows me in some inexplicable way. Often what I’m looking for, without really knowing it, is a perfectly formed sentence or phrase which captures wholly what I’m feeling, […]

August 14, 2016

★★★★ Author: Julian Barnes Publisher: Jonathan Cape Man Booker Prize 2011   This compact yet weighty novel from Julian Barnes took me a while to ease into when I read it a couple of years ago for an English literature class. There was plenty to turn me off: an ‘old white male’ narrator looking back […]

August 7, 2016

★★★★ Author: Garth Greenwell Publisher: Picador   On paper, this novel isn’t one that I usually would have picked up of my own volition. It centres on a gay American man residing in Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria, who seeks sex and connection in a public bathroom and gets a whole lot more than […]

July 31, 2016

★★★★ Author: Tracey Slaughter Publisher: Victoria University Press   Domestic, contemporary New Zealand is bleak and gritty in this collection of short stories from Tracey Slaughter. With a keen eye for detail, she observes and dissects places that we will all be able to recognise. Consider the opening scene of the story “the next stop”: […]