New Zealand's contribution is well-represented in Hugh Sebag-Montefiore's book on the Somme, writes Oliver Riddell.
Australian author Tim Winton tells Dionne Christian how he grew out of an obsession with firearms.
Andris Apse celebrates the area which launched his passion for photography in this stunning collection, writes Helen Speirs.
Maggie O'Farrell's depth of characterisation keeps the reader engaged, writes Jessie Neilson of her latest novel.
A new book on New Zealand at war is a superb springboard for further reading, writes Jim Sullivan.
Consummate storyteller John le Carre never misses a trick - even when it comes to his own life, writes Peter Stupples.
Ann Patchett's latest book is a clever example of why good works of fiction are so important, writes Patricia Thwaites.
Ted Fox reviews the best of the latest bunch of thrillers.
Eimear McBride's second novel provides another glimpse outside the blandness of the literary mainstream, writes Cushla McKinney.
Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Butler's case for a New Zealand constitution is a model of how to consider change, writes ODT books editor Helen Speirs.
A grandfather's diaries paint a picture of suffering and survival, writes Jessie Neilson.
The great-niece of Boris Pasternak has written a fascinating account of the passionate love affair that inspired 'Doctor Zhivago', writes Patricia Thwaites.
The Christchurch arts scene of the 1930s to 1950s was comparable to the early 20th century English ''Bloomsbury Set'', author Peter Simpson claims in this comprehensive work.
A confronting memoir provides a disturbing insight into Islamic State's treatment of Yazidi, writes Joshua Riddiford.
Move over Douglas Adams, Darrell Pitt has created a new space and time adventure, writes Laura Hewson.
DNA is the key to understanding our ancestry. Clive Trotman reviews a new book on the subject by Adam Rutherford.
An account of the brave women who hid Jewish children in wartime Paris is thought-provoking and disturbing, writes Jeanette Trotman.
Michael Collins' fans will find much to enjoy in his latest novel, writes Willie Campbell.
This melancholic and beautiful science-fiction story is an example of the power of good writing, Cushla McKinney writes.
Harry Holland's 1920s biographical writing about Robert Burns has been published for the first time.