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Alright, it’s November. Stop being picky. :) Anyway, Christmas is coming up so go buy these books – they will all make brilliant presents! Let’s Catch That Rainbow, written and illustrated by Ann Keane, Pines Estate Books, ISBN 9780473320171, RRP $19.99 A…
BookieMonster reviews four new children's picture books including First To the Top about Sir Edmund Hillary.
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Leading New Zealand Children’s Book Awards Merge and Hell Pizza Encourages Reading Addiction Prize Money Now Totals $59,500 The New Zealand Book Awards Trust and the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) have announced today…
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I blogged: Book review: Starlight Peninsula by Charlotte Grimshaw

Starlight Peninsula by Charlotte Grimshaw, Vintage, ISBN9781775538226, RRP $38 Starlight Peninsula is the beguiling new novel from one of New Zealand’s most celebrated contemporary authors, Charlotte Grimshaw. The novel’s central character, Eloise Hay, is…
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On the blog: 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards judges announced

The 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards will be judged by 12 eminent academics, writers, journalist, commentators, former publishers and booksellers from around New Zealand; a three-fold increase on the number of judges in previous years which reflects…
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I spoke on More FM Waikato about The Predictions by Bianca Zander.
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New Zealand Red Cross is again holding their popular major fundraising event – now in its 19th year. In 2015 the fair will be held from Friday 4 September to Sunday 6 September at Te Rapa Racecourse in Hamilton. Over three days tens of thousands of books,…
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The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett, Doubleday, ISBN 9780857534811, RRP $50 It’s hard not to approach the finale of a beloved series with some serious trepidation. Can the creator keep up the pace? Will they provide a fitting end, an open question or…
BookieMonster reviews The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett, the last Discworld novel to be published.
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I blogged: Book review: How Bizarre by Simon Grigg

How Bizarre: Pauly Fuemana and the Song that Stormed the World by Simon Grigg, Awa Press, ISBN9781927249222, RRP $38 Is there any New Zealander, anywhere in the world who wouldn’t immediately know exactly what one was talking about if one simply said “How…
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I blogged: Book review: Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh, Gollancz, ISBN 9780575111813, RRP $29.99 Nalini Singh is a prolific New Zealand/Fijian author and something of an undervalued hero in the NZ literary scene. And by prolific I mean “over 30 books published and that’s not…
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I blogged: Three award-winning international authors at the Tauranga Arts Festival

An exciting line-up for the Literary Programme for this year’s Tauranga Arts Festival includes three award-winning international authors making their only New Zealand appearances at the festival. Christina Lamb OBE has been covering Afghanistan for…
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Grey by E.L. James, Arrow, ISBN 9781784753252, RRP $19.99 Grey is the latest instalment in the inexplicably mega-popular Fifty Shades of Grey franchise, and retells the original Fifty Shades of Grey book, this time from the perspective of Christian Grey…
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I blogged: Vote for your favourite New Zealand book . . .

Would you like to choose the winners in the 2015 New Zealand Children and Young Adults Book Awards? Be part of the Children’s Choice voting and have your chance to vote for the New Zealand books you think are the best. Children and teenagers across the…
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