Kate Spencer

A Jill of all trades, mistress of none, Kate has tried everything: prison psychology, volunteering with homeless people, teaching English abroad, and editing a magazine in China (thankfully not in Chinese!). A born procrastinator, she’s been working on her autobiographical book for the past five years and has got nowhere. Although wanderlust fills her heart she is happiest performing her comedy poems at spoken word nights and getting inordinate amounts of attention.


This paper boat

This Paper Boat, by Gregory Kan

Gregory Kan is a curious beast. He’s a web developer and systems engineer who writes beautiful poetry that has nothing to do with his work and everything to do with what it is to be alive. His first manuscript, an early incarnation of This Paper Boat, was shortlisted for the Kathleen Grattan Poetry Prize (a [...]

The Innocent Killer by Michael Griesbach

The Innocent Killer, by Michael Griesbach

Does the name Steven Avery ring a bell? If not, hie thee hence to Netflix and binge watch the documentary series Making a Murderer. I’ll wait. Since the documentary was released in December last year the world has become somewhat obsessed with one of America’s most notorious wrongful convictions. Steven Avery, a man with a [...]

Heading Dog

The Heading Dog Who Split In Half, by Michael Brown & Mat Tait

Myths and legends play a huge part in the construction of a community’s narrative, the oral tradition vital to understanding origins and giving a focus to storytelling. Maori culture has some amazing fables and I highly recommend Rotorua Museum for incredible visuals, very similar to the ones found in this graphic book, that tell of [...]

Mindfulness Ruby Wax

A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled, by Ruby Wax

I used to like Ruby Wax. She was on my telly a lot when I was growing up and, though she had an annoying drawl, she was rather amusing. Stripped of the medium of TV and given free rein in a book, I found her less appealing. The humour grates and her witty repartee becomes [...]

Stack of books

Comfort in Collecting

My boyfriend is getting annoyed. Every week I bring home more books to add to the ever expanding piles and every week he sighs. We both know that I’ll never have the time to read them before I buy more but I can’t stop. It’s not quite an addiction, though there is comfort in having [...]

A Year of Mindful Living

A Year of Mindful Living: Daily Changes for a Calmer Life

The mindfulness movement shows no signs of ceasing and every publisher worth their salt wants in on the action. A Year of Mindful Living: Daily Changes for a Calmer Life screams of bandwagon jumping. With no single author responsible it’s mindfulness by committee and it’s dreadful. I can imagine the meeting now: “Mindfulness, we need [...]

Twister by Jane Woodham

Twister, by Jane Woodham

It was a dark and stormy night, or at least it could’ve been in Jane Woodham’s Twister. After an almighty tempest has swirled its way through Dunedin, devastating the area, a missing schoolgirl’s body is found. The only man on hand is Detective Senior Sergeant Leo Judd, who some feel is too close to the [...]

Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure & Colouring Book, by Johanna Basford

Johanna Basford kick-started a trend back in 2011, one that shows no sign of slowing down. Her first two publications, Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, have sold upwards of 10 million copies worldwide, been translated into 24 languages (with at least 11 more on the way), has famous fans such as Zooey Deschanel who can’t [...]

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