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Books

May 22, 2016

★★★★ Author: Simon Hanselmann Publisher: Fantagraphics Books   Most of you will remember the picture book adventures of Meg and Mog from childhood—a witch and her cat, along with their friend Owl, getting up to weird, brightly coloured shenanigans. Well, Australian cartoonist Simon Hanselmann has taken those classic characters we know from our most innocent […]

May 22, 2016

★★★★★ “Music is a gift and a burden I’ve had since I can remember who I was.”   Author: Alan Light Publisher: Canongate   Inspired by the Netflix documentary of the same name, this biography charts the tempestuous life of musical prodigy and civil rights activist Nina Simone. Simone was born Eunice Waymon, in North […]

May 15, 2016

★★★★★ Editors: Fergus Barrowman, with Kirsten McDougall & Ashleigh Young Publisher: Victoria University Press   Sport is an institution of New Zealand publishing and has shared short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction with a wide audience since 1988. Published annually, it’s a fantastic way for both new and established writers to showcase work, and serves as […]

May 15, 2016

★★★★★ Author: Han Kang (translated by Deborah Smith) Publisher: Portobello Books   Sinister, surreal, beguiling—that’s how I would describe this fantastic novel from South Korean author Han Kang. First published in South Korea in 2007, the novel was translated to English by Deborah Smith in 2015. The Vegetarian is currently on the shortlist for the […]

May 8, 2016

★★★★ Author: Arlene Heyman Publisher: Bloomsbury   Arlene Heyman’s journey into literary recognition has been a little unusual. At 74 years of age, Scary Old Sex—a collection of short stories, is her first publication. Heyman is a practicing psychiatrist in New York City, and has spent the last 50 years writing in her spare time […]

May 8, 2016

★★★★★ Author: Oliver Sacks Publisher: Knopf Doubleday   Oliver Sacks made the medical world, neuroscience in particular, accessible and interesting for thousands of people through his books. The first book I ever read of his was The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, a touching and deeply fascinating series of stories in which […]

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 […]

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