A Crime in the Family, by Sacha Batthyany, is a deeply affecting page-turner depicting the massacre in March 1945 of 180 Jewish forced labourers on a Countess' estate.
Australian author Vivienne Kelly's second novel, The Starlings is a knowing rendition of family breakdown filtered through the eyes of an 8-year-old.
Ashley Hay's Hundred Small Lessons would have benefited from a a tighter structure, yet the tale of two families does have its merits.
A wrap of recent thrillers reviewed by Ted Fox.
A professional grief coach, Stephanie Harris offers advice and insight in this self-help book.
Australian author Catherine McKinnon's second novel, Storyland, creates a compelling narrative reminiscent of the Aboriginal songlines echoed in its title.
Tracy Farr's The Hope Fault is both poetic and quietly, cleverly claustrophobic.
In Lifting, by Damien Wilkins, a store detective roams a huge department store in Wellington set to close after decades of success.
Ian Rankin, a guest at the Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival, still enjoys hanging out with his beloved imaginary friend.
In her latest novel, Jenny Pattrick returns to the spirited woman who was introduced in her well-known debut, The Denniston Rose.
Hamesh Wyatt celebrates three accomplished new collections by Dunedin poets Peter Olds, John Gibb and Victor Billot.
Dene Mackenzie wraps up recent pulp fiction.
DWRF 2017 Programme
Dunedin author and publisher Brian Miller won a bronze medal at the recent American Independent Publisher Book Awards.
Author and playwright Stella Duffy, who will be at the Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival, sees nothing special about her talent, despite her outsized accomplishments.
Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy, by Nicholas Reynolds, is a highly readable account of Ernest Hemingway's last 25 years.
In The Earth Cries Out, author Bonnie Etherington conveys a deep personal knowledge of Papua New Guinea.
Though we all think we know what language is and how it operates, the reality of communication is far more complicated, writes Michael C. Corballis.
The Doll Funeral reads like a grown-up version of a magical tale, if a bit laboured, Patricia Thwaites finds.
Haunting and sad, Susan Perabo's The Fall of Lisa Bellow describes how even the most damaged souls can find a way back from despair.