Immensely readable, Fiona Farrell's Decline & Fall on Savage Street speaks of lives and loss through the years.
A detail from the war memorial window in St Andrew's Church, Cambridge (pictured), is included in To the Memory: New Zealand's War Memorials by historian Jock Phillips (Potton & Burton).
Scottish-born French-domiciled crime writer Peter May has an impressive list of book titles, television screenplays and literary prizes to his name. He is in Dunedin this month to promote his new thriller, Coffin Road, set on the Isle of Harris, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Books editor Helen Speirs asked him about his varied work, his influences and interests, and why there are so many Scottish crime writers.
I have been a fan of English author Pat Barker since reading her haunting World War 1 Regeneration trilogy, the first of which was made into an equally impressive film.
Ribbonwood forest and blechnum ferns at Kiwi Lake, Wild Natives Valley, in Fiordland National Park, are pictured in this image (above) from Light & Landscape, The New Zealand Photographs of Andris Apse, published by Potton & Burton.
Calcutta-born and Delhi and Oxford-educated author Amitav Ghosh lives between India and the United States.
A startling debut novel by a young American writer is far more than a retelling of the Manson murders or critique of cult culture, writes books editor Helen Speirs.