War stories need not be all wham-bam action. And, when writing for children, it’s important to depict the truth, two leading Kiwi authors tell Shane Gilchrist.
Wellington historian Matthew Wright’s new book draws on the latest research and discusses some of the controversies such as the Kiwi casualty rate at Gallipoli, writes Gavin McLean.
Good Sons is a finely crafted wartime story, writes Jim Sullivan.
Elizabeth Kostova's new novel, The Shadow Land, brings the modern history of Bulgaria into focus.
A steady pace, well-placed surprises and a detective story bring to life Charlie Lovett's The Lost Book of the Grail.
Man Booker Prize judge and author Rick Gekoski's novel is suitably named.
British comedic fiction writer Catherine Alliott's About Last Night has romance aplenty.
The World Made Straight continues American author Ron Rash's exploration of the claustrophobic landscapes and relationships.
Modern Women: 52 Pioneers celebrates those who have sought gender equality in their own way.
Sweden's girl with the dragon tattoo is heading back to bookstores in a fifth thriller about the troubled computer hacker Lisbeth Salander created by the late novelist Stieg Larsson, publishers said
Bill Cosby's Little Bill children's book series landed on a list of the 10 books Americans most often asked librarians to remove from shelves last year after he faced sex assault charges.
Wildlife documentary maker, broadcaster and author Alison Ballance has turned her gaze to the great white shark, "as perfect a creature as you could get", writes Shane Gilchrist.
The selected columns of the late journalist A.A. Gill, Lines in the Sand, is crisp, clever and frequently funny.
Ted Fox wraps up a selection of recent thriller titles.
Colleen Oakley's second book, Close Enough to Touch, follows two characters who are clearly destined for a life-altering romance.
Yale historian Timothy Snyder’s important book argues that we must learn from the horrors of the past if we want to protect our democracy, writes Tim Adams, for The Observer.
John Boyne’s latest work is gruelling to read, yet honest.
Janie Chang's second novel, Dragon Springs Road, details a landscape of memories, where traditional spiritual beliefs coexist with more modern ways of living.
The new Joanna Trollope novel is engaging enough, yet doesn't quite capture her vintage form.