Books

Lyrically written tale of dystopia may be next NZ Booker contender

Lyrically written tale of dystopia may be next NZ Booker contender

Although the Victoria University writing programme has its detractors, it has introduced several new and talented writers in recent years.

Serving big portions of everything

Serving big portions of everything

This debut novel by veteran Canadian film-maker David Cronenberg should come with an explicit warning: ''Content will offend.''

NZ setting to the fore of '60s tale

NZ setting to the fore of '60s tale

In this character-driven novel set predominantly in 1960s New Zealand, the locations come to the fore.

Children's picture books

Children's picture books

MY NEW ZEALAND COLOURS BOOK 

Te Papa Press  

Young adult reading

Laura Hewson reviews a selection of young adult books.

Wartime love affair woven into charming story

Wartime love affair woven into charming story

UK author Erica James has produced another of her charming romantic stories with this title.

Search for identity not quite realised

The title here is the clue to the underpinning intent of this first novel by Matthew Thomas, a dual citizen of the United States and Ireland, who was raised in the Bronx and Queens.

Tackling life inside 'Gomorrah'

Tackling life inside 'Gomorrah'

First off, this is no lazy summer read. When psychiatrist Stephen Seager begins work at the notorious Napa State Hospital in California, he quickly learns why its nickname is ''Gomorrah''.

Books: Crime bites

This is an unusual story about three young girls who work in an ice-cream parlour in a town in Texas.