Books

Brasch's work still 'relevant and alive' today

Brasch's work still 'relevant and alive' today

The media release from the Otago University Press concerning this handsome edition opens with a statement of its necessity, noting that although Brasch ''was a leading poet of his generation and a pre-eminent figure in the development of the arts in New Zealand, yet his poetry has been out of print for over 30 years''.

Deft study of fidelity, fantasy, fame

Deft study of fidelity, fantasy, fame

Ageing rocker gets embroiled in sex scandal: cue the tabloid headlines.

Much to recognise and enjoy in memoir of climbing, travelling and musings

Much to recognise and enjoy in memoir of climbing, travelling and musings

Those who enjoy reading about climbing from a New Zealander's perspective will find plenty to keep themselves interested.

Sense of deja vu in otherwise likeable pilgrimage tale

Sense of deja vu in otherwise likeable pilgrimage tale

Often a book - or any work of art - can elicit a ''love it'' or ''hate it'' response in different people.

Lapping up mesmerising first effort

Catherine Chanter's first novel The Well is a tour de force, which won the Lucy Cavendish prize for unpublished fiction in 2013.

Brave account of bullied childhood

Brave account of bullied childhood

The cover is a self-explanatory precis of the book. The contents might shock you. The prologue is chilling. In spite of this, you will read on, gripped by the clarity of thought and searing honesty of the writer.

Thriller round-up

Thriller round-up

Mike Crowl, Ted Fox and Geoff Adams review a selection of the latest crime books and thrillers.

Complex, haunting tale of ghosts and their human hosts

Complex, haunting tale of ghosts and their human hosts

The narrator of Claire North's previous novel, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, possessed a recursive form of immortality.

First-hand story of discovery in modern China

First-hand story of discovery in modern China

Journalist Huan Hsu, an American-born Chinese, hears a family story that when the Japanese invaded China in 1938, his great-great-grandfather had buried his large collection of porcelain in a pit in the garden of his estate.