Books

12/03/07

In December 2004, poet and playwright Bernadette Hall spent two weeks in the Antarctic on an Antarctica New Zealand Fellowship and in 2006 she was Writer in Residence at Victoria. Her poems are inspired by a wide geographical scope, including Antartica, Wellington, London and Europe, and a wide time-scape, encompassing poems set in the 1960s [...]

12/03/07

When TGN1412 caused immediate pain and grotesque facial swelling and resulted in the admission of six men who participated in a London drug trial last year to intensive care, the world immediately took notice. When a different drug caused the fatalities of hundreds of asthma patients in a decade-long epidemic here in New Zealand in [...]

12/03/07

I am a rugged bushman bravely chopping my way through masses of thick overgrown vegetation. Or at least that’s how I felt after attempting to read the deceptively thin novel by Gregory O’Brien. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

05/03/07

Most New Zealanders have tipuna or ancestors who emigrated from what is colloquially regarded as the ‘Old World’ to the ‘New’. In the period that this book covers (from 1870 to 1885), some 169,000 people alone migrated from Great Britain Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

05/03/07

Sol – it’s an apt title for summer reading, but the cover image is of a sunflower not in bloom. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

05/03/07

The temptation to add a bit of ‘dark and twisty’ (a la Meredith Grey) to this otherwise fantastic read was obviously too great for Chris Else. Beautiful setting, dynamic plot – but just a little too sinister for me. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

26/02/07

Julia left the gym feeling pleased with herself. Her assessment had gone well and she was feeling the benefi t of regular workouts and healthier eating. ‘You’re doing well, Julia. Not bad for six weeks,’ said Sally. ‘Keep at it and you’ll look pretty good on the beach in Fiji.By the way, the guy I [...]

26/02/07

New Zealand political autobiographies have a poor reputation based solely on the fact that most of them are awful. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

26/02/07

Descent is the provocative first novel by VUW Masters student Matt Gers. As with many first novels, Descent smacks of autobiography. However, the fast-paced passages that follow the life of medical intern protagonist Juan are a fascinating read. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this