Books

30/07/12

The Marriage Plot traces the lives of Brown University students Madeline, Mitchell and Leonard in a turmoil of overseas adventures, a struggle with manic depression, and graduation in the year of ’82.

30/07/12

There are so many stories written in and of Prague that the city’s streets, both real and imagined, are teeming with plots and characters. There is a novel, somewhere, in the observance of doors opening and closing as protagonists from across history and the pages of literature shuffle about those cobbled streets, each missing one another by [...]

23/07/12

You know the feeling. It’s two o’clock in the morning. You’ve got an exam in two weeks. An essay due in tomorrow. You don’t remember the last time you picked up a textbook. You don’t remember the last time you bought a textbook. Things are grim. You begin to wonder whether you made the right choice [...]

16/07/12

affection for life. Ripe with loving descriptions and detailed knowledge of every facet of London life; of jazz, mythology, history, science, Aaronovitch’s interests are all-encompassing and deeply passionate.

16/07/12

By Emily Perkins As any discerning reader will know, the aims of writers are not always equivalent; nor the purpose of fiction fixed. American author Ann Patchett recently described consuming fiction as “a vital means of imagining a life other than our own, which in turn makes us more empathetic beings.” Emily Perkins’ new novel [...]

05/06/12

I’ve been craving the taste of a raw Wellington language. Something less polished than its acclaimed authors, more considered than its small-talking streets and mouthy pubs. I’ve been after it in its frankest expression; played with like bath foam blown in the air or slapped on the chin as a beard. Words bind, and people [...]

28/05/12

If you haven’t heard of A Game of Thrones by now, you probably don’t exist. HBO’s hit series has made the books huge, but volume one of A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel stands apart from it. Daniel Abraham has done a fantastic job adapting the book to a visual medium–all the crucial elements [...]

28/05/12

“One should be careful mixing law and morality,” Jo Nesbø’s crime-fighting protagonist is warned in the dying moments of Phantom. It’s a tasty statement, and a knowing one, too. 400 pages into proceedings, not a single character had traversed this tightrope successfully. But then again, what sensible reader would demand solid moral guidance from a [...]

21/05/12

A Dense Interview With helen Lowe, Author of The Gathering Of The Lost K: Your books feature characters from a wide variety of different cultures, but they all feel extremely real. What’s your process for writing so many realistic charcters? H: Usually what happens for me is that I’ll have an idea for a character that [...]