Heidi North-Bailey

Heidi North-Bailey Formerly working in publishing in London, Heidi is now a freelance editor and writer based in Auckland. A graduate of the Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University and The Creative Hub, Heidi also has a first class Honours Degree in Screenwriting and Directing from The University of Auckland, Heidi is passionate about good storytelling across genres and loves reading, especially literary and children’s fiction. When not being kept busy as a new mum, Heidi tinkers with poetry and is chipping away at a novel.


The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd-Stanton

The Secret of Black Rock is a modern environmental fable, written and illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton. Erin lives with her fisherwomen mother in a fishing town. She’s taught by the adults she can’t go out to sea as it’s too dangerous because of the Black Rock, where terrible things are said to happen. But plucky [...]


When Santa Came to Stay, by Timothy Knapman

When Santa came to stay by Timothy Knapman tells the tale of what happens when Santa’s house explodes with the pressure of all the toys. He comes and stays with an ordinary family on Christmas Eve. Much good-hearted mess and mayhem occurs, making Mum and Dad very nervous about the state of their house, before [...]

Hush: A Kiwi Lullaby + CD, by Joy Cowley

As one of New Zealand’s most prolific children’s authors, it is fitting that Joy Cowley’s latest book is Hush: A Kiwi Lullaby, a Kiwi version of the classic “Daddy’s going to buy you a mocking bird” traditional lullaby. But Cowley’s lyrics are a twist on the classic, and the book contains the words both in [...]

Clean Bakery, by Carine Claudepierre

Clean Bakery, by Carine Claudepierre

Clean Bakery is French-born Claudepierre’s first cookbook, born out of her popular blog, http://sweetashoney.co.nz. When she developed pre-diabetes when pregnant with her daughter, she had to find a new way of creating her favourite baking creations. Clean Bakery features 80 recipes 79 are dairy-free, 66 gluten-free, 49 paleo friendly, 50 vegan, 23 raw and 34 [...]

My first board book: Colours & My first board book: Animals, by Donovan Bixley

It’s great to see well-known New  Zealand illustrator Donovan Bixley turn his hand to bilingual Te Reo/English board books for young readers. Bright and bold, My first board book: Colours and My first board book: Animals are the first in the series of a planned four titles. With the growing use of Maori in early [...]

Every Dark Corner

Every Dark Corner, by Karen Rose

If you’re looking for a gripping thriller with a twist of romance then Karen Rose’s latest book Every Dark Corner is for you. It’s satisfying to spend time with a complex and competent female heroine and Agent Kate Coppola has all the attributes often reserved for male characters in thrillers. She’s a crack shot, fearless, [...]

grandads wheelies

Grandad’s Wheelies, by Jack Lasenby

Teller of tall tales and wonderful yarns, Jack Lasenby is back to entertain kids with his new book Grandad’s Wheelies. When Jack visits his grandparents Grandad and Granny tell him stories, each trying to outdo each other with their wild and wonderful stories. If you believe Grandad and Granny then they single handled created New [...]

Days are like grass

Days Are Like Grass, by Sue Younger

Sue Younger's debut novel, Days Are Like Grass, is a book that lingers. Paediatric surgeon, Claire Bowerman, has reluctantly returned to Auckland from London with her teenage daughter, Roimata, and her partner Yossi in tow. Yossi, ex-Israeli army, convinced Claire she should move home where it’s peaceful and where their part-Maori daughter (Yossi is not the [...]

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