Book Reviews

Douglas Renall has recently written 100 Great New Zealand Wineries, he talks to NZ Booklovers about his book. 100 Great New Zealand Wineries – why do we need this book? If you love New Zealand wine then this book is made for you. If you are looking for guidance and inspiration for a memorable wine… Read More

This book is the second in a series for people who love to travel and eat good local food. Ho Chi Minh City in 12 Dishes is a compact edition that bursts with comprehensive information for eating out in this part of the world. (The first book in the series was Shanghai in 12 Dishes… Read More

A fine new thriller from John le Carré, even if we go back to a place we have been before and in reality very little happens. That may sound negative, but le Carré is such a fine writer that this is still an excellent thriller. For me, le Carré is a master plotter and this… Read More

Fred Dagg meets Mother Goose in this hilarious, Kiwi-fied version of popular children’s nursery rhymes. Award-winning author Peter Millett and illustrator Scott Tulloch have teamed up to create this clever read. The Grand Old Duke of York becomes The Grand Old Knight Sir Ed, Auckland Bridge, not London Bridge, is falling, and of course, there’s… Read More

Michael Cooper has 40 books and several major literary awards to his credit, including the Montana Medal for the supreme work of non-fiction at the 2003 Montana New Zealand Book Awards for his magnum opus, Wine Atlas of New Zealand.  In the 2004 New Year Honours, Michael was appointed an ONZM for services to wine… Read More

The telling of one of the most well-known stories in te ao Māori has been republished to appeal to the youngest of readers. The winner of the Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award for a much-loved book, How Maui Slowed The Sun, is Peter Gossage’s telling of the tale. While the book had been around for a long time… Read More

  Riffing on truth, lies, and secrets, this collection uses fiction to explore fact, and fact to explore fiction. This collection of essays and short stories are based around the theme of lying and secret histories. These pieces range the world – from America, to Antwerp to Aotearoa – and talk about writers and writing… Read More

A skilfully-written literary novel, The Necessary Angel takes us into the world of books, with a tale peopled by academics, writers and lecturers immersed in literature. Set in 2014, the novel follows the story of Max, an expat Kiwi who ‘had lived in Paris long enough to feel at ease’ who is married to a… Read More

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