Assiduously researched, Paulo Coelho's profile of femme fatale Mata Hari reveals a chameleonic, complex character.
Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas L. Friedman's examination of global, social and technological forces might be sobering reading, yet it also holds hope for our planet.
A vet and part-time farmer, author Danielle Hawkins' new novel, The Pretty Delicious Cafe, offers more meat and bones than fluff.
At 98, Lloyd Geering's journey has been a long one but the urge to write hasn't left him, resulting in a new memoir.
In The German Girl, Armando Lucas Correa examines the fate of a thousand Jewish refugees from Germany who were turned away by Cuba, the US and Canada, forced to return to persecution and, in some...
The bestselling author of Longitude tells the fascinating story of a brilliant all-female team who helped to redraw the universe, and a woman’s place in it.
In Lincoln in the Bardo, author George Saunders uses extracts from historical writings about the death of the US president’s young son, Willie, mixing them with fictional voices.
Mr Darcy, the romantic hero of Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice, has been portrayed by a string of big-screen heart-throbs, but a study suggests he probably looked very different from the modern ideal of masculinity.
A hotel in Japan is defying the digital books trend and appealing to guests who prefer to curl up with a traditional paper book.
Ted Fox reviews the latest crime and thriller titles.
A raunchy novel for teenagers that was banned in New Zealand has won a rare "perfect 10" rating from an American young adult fiction website.
A Scottish poet won this year's Dunedin Robert Burns Poetry Competition with a piece critiquing the rise to power of US President Donald Trump.
A collection of Barack Obama’s greatest speeches reveals both his vivid turn of phrase and fondness for repetition, writes Sam Leith, for The Observer.
2016 Booker prize-winner Paul Beatty says US President Donald Trump’s rise is not a shock, writes Vidhi Doshi for The Observer.
George Orwell's 1984 novel about a dystopian future under an authoritarian regime is back as a bestseller and being reprinted decades after it was written as readers grapple with Donald Trump administration's defence of "alternative facts."
A novel based on C.S. Lewis' Narnia proves inspirational, writes Mike Crowl.
How many rejections does it take to get a book to print? Jim Sullivan finds out when reviewing Jane Carswell's new book.
Nadeem Aslam discusses his latest novel, the Golden Legend, set in a contemporary Pakistani city inflamed by religious intolerance.
A biography about George Orwell is fascinating, writes Peter Stupples.
A new collection of poetry, a new EP of songs (with a band of old mates), a new job ... lines are converging for Victor Billot, writes Shane Gilchrist.