A "revenge" raid by the Special Air Service to pay back Taliban insurgents for New Zealand's first fatality in Afghanistan was a "fiasco" that led to the deaths of six civilians, a new book has alleged.
Travelling 5000km by motorcycle, Lois Pryce attempts to find the heart of Iran. The result, Revolutionary Road, is eye-opening.
Ted Fox wraps up another heady dose of thrillers.
Intrigued by seminal New Zealand novel Man Alone, Noel Shepherd explores the life of its author, John Mulgan.
The debut novel by Elan Mastai mixes time travel paradigms with a healthy dash of humour.
Nigerian author Chibundu Onuzo's Welcome to Lagos features an ensemble cast that provides multiple perspectives of the bustling West African city.
Eleanor Catton's new novel is a thriller about "ultra-rich foreigners building fortress-like homes and stock-piling weapons in New Zealand".
Bettany Hughes' triple biography of Byzantium, Constantinople and Istanbul excavates layers of history in fine detail.
Hamish Wyatt wraps up a recent selection of poetry collections.
Everybody's Fool, Richard Russo's follow-up to Nobody's Fool, uses a deteriorating burial ground as a metaphor for a small American town going through hard times.
Despite having read millions of words about Herbert Green's infamous study into carcinoma in-situ of the cervix, which ran from 1966-88 at National Women's Hospital, reviewer Elspeth McLean was shocked by details in a new book.
Stephen Greenall's tale of a Sydney underworld is a carefully crafted book ripe with passages of sharply witty dialogue that have a grim humour.
Author Gay Buckingham captures the drama and invention involved in the construction of the power station at Lake Monowai between 1921 and 1925.
Peter Ho Davies' The Fortunes is a multifaceted rumination on Asian-American identity, encompassing the goldrushes to the present day.
As a child Gregg Hurwitz just wanted to write stories. That urge has taken the best-selling American thriller author a long way, writes Shane Gilchrist.
Dene Mackenzie wraps up a fresh batch of thrillers.
Diana Athill continues her series of memoirs by painting a portrait of a time gone by: the 1940s, when travel was by ship and train rather than plane and, of necessity, slower and more reflective.
A marauding monkey, a charging camel . . . and all the fun of the circus: Poet Libby Angel's The Trapeze Act is an engaging debut novel.
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.