Books

In every way a literary treat bound for a Pulitzer

I make a point of never looking up details of overseas-published novels just in case they've received literary awards, but my guess is that & Sons will win something big, a Pulitzer maybe?

'Big Norm' still casts oversize shadow

'Big Norm' still casts oversize shadow

The shadow of Norman Kirk still looms large on New Zealand's political landscape.

Life on the brink told with grace

Life on the brink told with grace

Australian Craig Sherborne's second novel pivots around a family of itinerants, or ''trants'', who roam the outskirts of Melbourne, trying to survive.

Clever hero a sort of MacGyver in space

Clever hero a sort of MacGyver in space

Mark Watney is not dead but by rights he ought to - and might as well - be.

Amazon focus of life's work

Amazon focus of life's work

Rather like US wildlife photographer Ansel Adams, as a child, author Paul Rosolie failed totally in conventional education, but has gone on to do great things.

Battle of good and evil in coming-of-age novel

Battle of good and evil in coming-of-age novel

Ben Silver is at home after school, shooting a stop-motion film on his old video camera.

Real wars through children's eyes

Real wars through children's eyes

Naveed is part of an educational series of fictional stories about children's experiences of real wars.

New series seems a winner

New series seems a winner

Jay is 13, lives in London and wants to be a rock star. He has made a start, forming a band with three of his mates but the drummer is rubbish.

Good enough to be required reading

Good enough to be required reading

Viola lives on a sheep farm in the Canterbury foothills with her farmer dad and classical musician mum.

Tale of witches gripping and dark

Tale of witches gripping and dark

''What are you trying to achieve?''