Books

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Thrilling concept as authors face off in tandem

If, like me, you're an avid thriller fan, you'll have your favourite authors and be familiar with the nuances of their characters.

Account of NZ's part in 'dirty war'

Account of NZ's part in 'dirty war'

Based on a collection of 150 oral history interviews recorded over five years, Claire Hall has distilled the memories of New Zealand soldiers and men and women in other disciplines who were involved in the Vietnam War.

Vagabond

Vagabond

For most of the first 80 or so pages of Seymour's latest ''thriller'', my enjoyment of this well-written novel of the spy-terrorist genre was marred by confusion as to the time frame of the proceedings.

Shh! We Have a Plan

Shh! We Have a Plan

Shh! We Have a Plan is a simple story that effectively uses repetition to build anticipation.

Happy Birthday, Royal Baby!

Happy Birthday, Royal Baby!

Following Shhh! Don't Wake the Royal Baby!, author Martha Mumford has timed this story of the Royal Baby's first birthday perfectly.

Macavity the Mystery Cat

Macavity the Mystery Cat

T. S. Eliot's poem about a thieving cat called Macavity was written in the 1930s and, amazingly, it hasn't dated.

Finding beauty in the transient

Finding beauty in the transient

When Christchurch Cathedral's marketing and development manager the Rev Craig Dixon saw an article in Urbis magazine about the Kobe Paper Church by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, he emailed the architect, asking what price for something similar.

Stories embody variations on a universal theme

Stories embody  variations on a universal theme

Since her short stories began appearing in New Zealand literary magazines and anthologies in the 1990s, Sarah Quigley has published prolifically in a variety of genres: four novels, a collection of poems, a guide to creative writing, while Tenderness is her second collection of short fiction.

If I should die

If I should die

This exciting and different novel is a debut piece of crime writing from UK writer Matthew Frank.

Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas

Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas

This is a sweet story based on the life of Elizabeth, an elephant seal who made the Avon River her home.