Books

True story of hunt for 'Great Escape' Gestapo killers

True story of hunt for 'Great Escape' Gestapo killers

While 76 Allied airmen tunnelled out of German prison camp Stalag Luft III in March 1944, just three of the escapees found freedom. Of 73 recaptured, 50 were murdered by the Gestapo, on Adolf Hitler's orders.

Story of life on Arran Island easy to read, hard to put down

Story of life on Arran Island easy to read, hard to put down

Elizabeth Pringle's legacy is her home, ''Holmlea'', on Arran Island, off the west coast of Scotland, where she has lived for about 90 years.

Beginnings of writing revealed

Beginnings of writing revealed

Maurice Gee has often said he is a writing writer, not a talking writer, yet over a career of more than 50 years he has accumulated a long list of published interviews, a shorter list of published lectures, and a few essays.

Book takes a look behind the proverbial

Book takes a look behind the proverbial

Books have become Max Cryer's medium of choice these days.

Children's Anzac-themed picture books

With the centenary of World War 1 beginning this year, parents may be looking for age-appropriate ways to explain the concept of war and sacrifice to their children.

Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies

Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, has died. He was 87.

'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.