Books

Julian Barnes. Photo by Alan Edwards.

Barnes’ approach bemuses

British author Julian Barnes has written 22 books in his career so far, including the first to reach much critical notice, Flaubert's Parrot.

Dark, droll read; patience required

Dark, droll read; patience required

We all want to make our mark in some way.

Enjoyable and sensitive treatment of human complications

Enjoyable and sensitive treatment of human complications

The Life and Death of Sophie Stark is the second novel by young American journalist Anna North, a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop (also attended by Eleanor Catton).

Poetry round-up

Poetry round-up

Poetry round-up by Hamesh Wyatt

New Beatrix Potter story found after 100 years

New Beatrix Potter story found after 100 years

A story by children's author Beatrix Potter, written more than a century ago, is to be published for the first time after the rediscovery of the tale which features some of her best-known characters such as Peter Rabbit.

Tracing the life of a remarkable woman

Tracing the life of a remarkable woman

Much has been written about James K. Baxter, considered by many to be New Zealand's greatest poet, and his father, Archibald.

A graceful memoir from Smith

A graceful memoir from Smith

Patti Smith's M Train is a memoir, her prose gracefully blending beliefs, art and her connection with international travelling.

Catton marries long-time partner

Catton marries long-time partner

Eleanor Catton married her long-time partner Steven Toussaint.

High 5: Literary standouts

High 5: Literary standouts

2015's literary standouts, according to ODT books editor Helen Speirs.

2015's must read books

2015's must read books

The best of this year's books as recommended by our regular Otago Daily Times book reviewers.