South Sea Vagabonds: Gone with the tide
South Sea Vagabonds: Gone with the tide

When author Johnny Wray was a lad at school in the 1920s, his form master was most disparaging of his writing, describing…

Michele Hewitson interview: Nicky Hager
Michele Hewitson interview: Nicky Hager

Nicky Hager, the investigative journalist, was in Auckland on Wednesday to give three talks and promote his latest book…

Supermarket bans Roald Dahl classic
Supermarket bans Roald Dahl classic

Children's classic removed from Australian supermarket chain after complaints it contained the word "slut".

Bio beats out Luminaries
Bio beats out Luminaries

A "stunning" biography of a Wellington art dealer has beaten Eleanor Catton's acclaimed novel The Luminaries to win the…

Books

12 Questions: Murray Gray
12 Questions: Murray Gray

1. How long have you worn an earring? Forty years or so. I was also the only student at Victoria University…

'50 Shades' dangers revealed

Women who read 'Fifty Shades of Grey' are more likely to have abusive partners and eating disorders, according to academics…

Gritty realities of life on Wilder's prairie unearthed

In her beloved Little House series of books, Laura Ingalls Wilder painted a wholesome picture of prairie life in which the…

The ultimate punishment

In keeping with the almost impermeable wall that prevents a healthy transtasman book trade, Helen Garner is relatively unknown…

Preying on our emotions
Preying on our emotions

As author Helen Macdonald notes, animal books rarely end happily: the otter in Gavin Maxwell's Ring…

Good for your digestion

I'd love to meet John Crace. The Guardian columnist is acerbic, focused, appallingly funny.

Why Whaledump came forward

The hacker who took years of Whaleoil blogger Cameron Slater's communications has reached out from behind the pages of 'Dirty…

Details of emails released

Some of the emails to and from Whaleoil blogger Cameron Slater which investigative writer Nicky Hager based his Dirty Politics…

Ex-PM staffer in spotlight

Data release shows emails between Slater and an email account linked to former worker in the PM's office and it's just a…

Hager's tell-all chapters
Hager's tell-all chapters

Have our politicians reached a new low in gutter tactics? Nicky Hager picks five crucial parts of his…

Books Archives

Fiction Addiction

Fiction Addiction: What book would you most like your kids to read?
Fiction Addiction: What book would you most like your kids to read?

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is the book that most people want to pass on to their children, according to a survey…

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Arts

Demons and dragons clinch art award
Demons and dragons clinch art award

A painting of the coastline around Otago Harbour populated by macabre medieval demons and dragons has won the Paramount…

Intrigue in the suburbs
Southern exposure at Museum
Mystery artist finally acknowledged
Banksy artwork saves poor youth group
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