Books

Thought-provoking book on vaccination

Thought-provoking book on vaccination

In common with many new parents, American non-fiction writer Eula Biss wanted to find out all she could about vaccination for her new baby.

Historical fiction round-up

Historical fiction round-up

Jessie Neilson reviews a selection of the latest historical fiction titles from around the world.

Brave memoir about real experiment

Brave memoir about real experiment

For philosopher and psychoanalyst Dylan Evans, the Utopia Experiment started out as just that, a real-world attempt to determine what life might be like if civilisation as we know it collapsed.

Familiar elements in tale of '70s

There are two sisters in this debut novel by New Zealand author Karen Breen.

Following orders

Following orders

Rosminians never retire, as Dunedin writer Mike Crowl discovers.

'Brilliant' second novel a triumph of setting and characterisation

'Brilliant' second novel a triumph of setting and characterisation

There is nothing bad to say about David Rain's Volcano Street.

Non-fiction bookmarks

Non-fiction bookmarks

The author brings a delicate touch to a memoir that deals mainly with her grandparents and an old stone house in the south of France.

Subtle treatment still powerful

Subtle treatment still powerful

In David Vann's novels, the natural setting is often as much of a character as his protagonists.

Stories instil idea altered realities may be more `real'

Stories instil idea altered realities may be more `real'

Kelly Link is an American author of short stories that have been described as slipstream or magic realism: sometimes a combination of science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery and realism. The heritage of Lovecraft is alive in her. She is quoted as saying: ''There's enough reality already; why make more of it? We should be demanding more stories about faery handbags and pyjamas inscribed with the diaries of strange women.''