Nina Riggs' The Bright Hour: A memoir of living and dying (Text Publishing) is no Pollyanna-style rendition of the end of a life which was all too short.
Half Wild, by Pip Smith, offers a mulitfaceted portrait of a woman who has spent her life trying and failing to fit into the shape that society expects of her.
The Woman in the Wood, by Lesley Pearse, is perfectly acceptable and inoffensive. Thus it's ultimately forgettable, too.
In An Uncommon Woman, Nicole Alexander continues to roam over the Australian Outback.
The Secret Life looks at the challenges to our consciousness and integrity from the cyberworld we inhabit.
A round-up of recent crime fiction.
Rachel Joyce's fourth novel, The Music Shop, follows a record-shop owner who has a rare gift for music therapy.
The history of Earth’s atmospheric gases is a provocative and entertaining read, writes Robin McKie.
In Teenagers: The Rise of Youth Culture in New Zealand, Chris Brickell provides a window into age-old motivations.
Jennie Melamed's first novel, Gather The Daughters, evokes an isolated pseudo-religious sect.
House of Names, by Colm Toibin, and Bright Air Black, by David Vann offer reworkings of Greek myths. Tragedy, indeed . . .
A roundup of international children's picture books, by Helen Speirs.
In Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann explores the calculated murders of the Osage tribe in early 20th-century America.
Hillary Clinton's memoir about her failed attempt to win last year's US presidential election will be called "What Happened" - a declaration rather than a question.
Author George R.R. Martin has hinted at the possibility of not one but two new 'Game of Thrones' books in 2018, whetting the appetites of fans who have been waiting for the next instalment of the epic saga since 2011.
In his non-fiction work, Snooze: the lost art of sleep, Michael McGirr desperately searches for a few winks.
A wrap-up of recent pulp fiction: Tom Clancy's Point of Contact (by Mike Maden), The Thirst (Jo Nesbo), Exile (James Swallow) and Nighthawk (Clive Cussler with Graham Brown).
The story of the totara tree is also the story of New Zealand, writes Shane Gilchrist.
Poetry reviewer Hamesh Wyatt takes a look at new collections from David Howard and Michael O'Leary.