Books

Kiwi author on Booker longlist

The 13 books in the running for the £50,000 (NZ$117,000) literary prize were announced today, with New Zealand poet and novelist Anna Smaill included for her debut novel The Chimes.

New Dr. Seuss story hits bookstore shelves

New Dr. Seuss story hits bookstore shelves

A new book by much-loved children's author Dr. Seuss has hit stores this week, 24 years after his death.

Challenging medical rules to deliver more

Challenging medical rules to deliver more

Northland's gain may have been Otago's loss, the memoir of high-profile GP Lance O'Sullivan reveals.

Entertaining book full of dry wit and humour

Entertaining book full of dry wit and humour

Patricia Duncker, professor of contemporary literature at Manchester University in the UK, has written several books, others of which I will certainly be looking for.

King at his page-turning best in creepy suspense novel

King at his page-turning best in creepy suspense novel

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Or do they?

Daughter of a dictator

Daughter of a dictator

This book, all 741 pages of it, truly deserves the description, ''monumental work''.

Many reasons to read memoir

Many reasons to read memoir

''You need to feel life's terror to feel its wonder,'' British author Matt Haig writes in Reasons To Stay Alive.

Series finale provides food for brain

Series finale provides food for brain

This is the fourth and final book in the Long Earth series, written by the late, great Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter, a British science fiction writer whose works definitely fall in the ''hard SF'' category.

Daft, funny and highly inventive

Daft, funny and highly inventive

Hannah Rothschild combines wide-ranging discussions on art and commentaries on the art of cooking with a story that, once it gets up and running, has a clever plot and heaps of characters, including the voice of the painting at the centre of the story.