Best of books from 2013

We take a look back at the top rating books stories over the year and share links in case you missed it.
We take a look back at the best book stories of 2013. Photo / Thinkstock
We take a look back at the best book stories of 2013. Photo / Thinkstock

Kylee Guy's sister has dismissed a new book about the 2010 murder of her brother-in-law Scott Guy.

Journalist Mike White's book titled Who Killed Scott Guy? is an account of the successful defence of murder accused Ewen Macdonald.

Read more: Book on Scott Guy murder an 'absolute joke'

"I've always been a playboy. I've always had a lot of girls, a lot of fun and I didn't care too much about having a relationship. I just wanted to have fun," he says. "When I met Mona, all of that changed."

The couple met in a club in Manila in November 2007. Mona Verga has been a part of Dotcom's life since.

Read more: Dotcom: When I met Mona, it all changed

The parents of slain farmer Scott Guy have revealed details of a letter they were sent by Ewen Macdonald from prison - the only contact they have had with him since he was charged with murdering their son.

And they were so alarmed by what Macdonald wrote, they gave the letter straight to police.

Read more: Macdonald letter to Guys given to police

Emma Watson in a shot from the upcoming book project 'Natural Beauty'. Photo / James Houston
Emma Watson in a shot from the upcoming book project 'Natural Beauty'. Photo / James Houston

Harry Potter star Emma Watson has posed topless for a new book celebrating the beauty of nature.

The British actress, best known for playing geeky witch Hermione Granger in the wizard franchise, has stripped off for snapper James Houston's upcoming photography project Natural Beauty.

Read more: Emma Watson poses topless for nature book

New Zealander Eleanor Catton has won the prestigious Man Booker Prize this morning.

At 28, she becomes the youngest author to ever win the award.

Eleanor Catton says she can't wait to get back to New Zealand. Photo / APN
Eleanor Catton says she can't wait to get back to New Zealand. Photo / APN

Her novel, The Luminaries, set in 1866 gold-rush Hokitika, with its structure and narrative propelled by 12 men aligned to 12 signs of the zodiac, the 832-page murder-mystery has divided reviewers, electrifying many, baffling others.

Read more: Kiwi Eleanor Catton wins Man Booker Prize

Rugby superstar Jonah Lomu has criticised his former manager Phil Kingsley Jones in a new book detailing how their relationship crumbled after he took payment for a magazine article about the former All Black without telling him.

In an extract from Jonah: My Story, Lomu reveals how in 2003 Kingsley Jones organised some quotes to run with a New Zealand Woman's Weekly article about the rugby player's new relationship with Fiona Taylor after his break-up with partner Teina Stace.

Read more: Jonah speaks of his hurt when his trusted manager let him down

Jenna Miscavige Hill was a third-generation Church of Scientologist. She was born into the Church. Her parents dedicated most of their lives to its "missions" and her uncle - who she describes as "evil" - "selected himself" as leader of the Church when its creator L Ron Hubbard died.

Read more: Behind the secrets of Scientology

Ozzy Osbourne admitted he'd turned to booze and prescription pills again. Photo / AP
Ozzy Osbourne admitted he'd turned to booze and prescription pills again. Photo / AP

Sharon Osbourne hurled a hot cup of coffee at husband Ozzy, pulled his hair and demanded a divorce after discovering his recent drink and drugs relapse.

The Black Sabbath star went public with his troubles earlier this year, admitting he had turned to booze and prescription pills again after previously overcoming his demons.

Read more: Sharon Osbourne: 'I can't carry his s**t any more'

Sex sells, still. Blame EL James if you like, but ever since Fifty Shades of Grey shifted 40 million copies around the world last year, thus making it abundantly clear that a great many of us like our bedroom habits to involve a lot more than slap and tickle, publishers have desperately sought a successor, another sex-riddled bestseller to tempt us into illicit blushes.

Read more: Could a former porn star be the next EL James?

Jonah Lomu's former manager Phil Kingsley Jones has hit back at claims about how their relationship crumbled, saying he was "surprised and saddened" by revelations in Lomu's new book.

Read more: Lomu's ex-manager 'saddened' by claims

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