Books

May 1, 2016

★★★★ Author: Kate Tempest Publisher: Bloomsbury Circus   Many of you reading this will have come across Kate Tempest’s name before in some form. Hailing from London, she’s a poet, a playwright, a rapper, and now a novelist. Her most notable achievements to date include winning the Ted Hughes Award for her modern-day epic poem […]

May 1, 2016

★★★★★ Author: Chris Price Publisher: Auckland University Press   The cover of Chris Price’s new collection of poetry, Beside Herself, features an illustration of a mask by Leo Bensemann, frowning slightly in its disembodied state, floating alone on the page. The poems in this collection can be read as a series of masks, and in […]

April 17, 2016

★★★★★ Editors: Rae Joyce, Sarah Laing, & Indira Neville Publisher: Beatnik Publishing   The first collection of its kind to be published in New Zealand, Three Words is a celebration of our female artists, writers, illustrators, and zinemakers. Some of the names here will be familiar; artists such as Sarah Laing, Anna Crichton, Kerry Ann […]

April 17, 2016

★★★★★ Author: Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki Publisher: First Second   This graphic novel from the Tamaki cousins tells the story of friends Rose and Windy, who holiday every summer with their families at Awago Beach. During this particular summer, the two girls witness a drama playing out amongst a group of older teenagers, and […]

April 17, 2016

★★★★★ Author: Adrian Tomine Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly   This graphic novel is short, but it packs a punch. Beautifully understated, black and white drawings accompany dry wit and a plot that will resonate with most young adults on multiple levels. Ben Tanaka and his girlfriend Miko are in the midst of relationship turmoil; Miko […]

April 10, 2016

★★★★★ Author: Rebecca Priestley Publisher: Awa Press   In this book’s introduction, as editor and science historian Rebecca Priestley writes of the all-encompassing cold of Antarctica, I am overcome with trepidation. “I know that even if there were something seriously wrong with me—Why can’t I breathe?—I would be stuck here,” she writes. Her words start […]

April 10, 2016

★★★★★ Author: Matt Vance Publisher: Awa Press   Matt Vance, like many brave souls before him, felt the pull of the South well before he glimpsed his first iceberg. When he took a job as a lecturer and Zodiac driver on a ship shuttling adventurous travellers down into the depths of the Southern Ocean, it […]

April 3, 2016

This week, Salient’s books section is scandalised by two racy texts that dwell on perhaps the biggest taboo of all—sex! Both are available as Popular Penguins; both will make you feel dirty when reading them in public.     Delta of Venus—★★★★★ Author: Anais Nin   If feminist porn (not to be confused with female […]

March 20, 2016

Sushi: Easy Recipes for Making Sushi at Home Authors: Emi Kazuko, Fiona Smith, & Elsa Petersen-Schepelern Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small ★★★½   This is an introductory guide to making sushi and its accompanying dishes. It’s nothing flash, and being more or less uninitiated when I received it as a gift, this cookbook was my […]

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