Biographies

John le Carré has something of a reputation for not liking to give interviews, so these “Stories from My Life” go some way to redressing the balance, providing an insight into both his life and his writing. This is an excellent book on lots of levels. It is very well written, with both compassion and… Read More

You have to get to a certain age to really be able to appreciate a book like this. You have to be able to look back on your childhood with a few years of perspective to be able to understand and articulate your reading habits and the effect that they may have had on your… Read More

Beautifully written, impossible to put down, but heartbreaking enough to make you want to, and philosophical enough to make you think for weeks afterwards, Paul Kalanithi's When Breath Becomes Air took my breath away... pun intended. I'm a voracious reader - I like to read until my eyes can't stay open, and if I have the… Read More

Leigh Hopkinson was the least likely person to become a stripper, but after spending two decades naked, she realised it was her career - and her life. As a university student in Canterbury she worked at a succession of low-paying jobs that paid the rent and fit around her degree. However, none of them fit… Read More

While many words come to mind when thinking of Gloria Steinem – feminist icon, journalist, activist, leader, organiser, writer, undercover playboy-bunny – above all Gloria Steinem defines herself as a traveller; a traveller who has used the spoken and written word to tell the kind of stories that once nobody wanted to hear: stories about… Read More

Barry’s passion for plants, particularly flowers, began at the same time as his first memories. He toddled around the garden after his mother learning which weeds to pull, the names of his favourite flowers and marvelling at their variety in form, colour and fragrance. It was a natural progression that he went on to become one… Read More

Stallion Challenges: From the Kaimanawa Wilderness to the Show Arena, is writer, photographer and horsewoman Kelly Wilson’s follow up to her first book, For the Love of Horses, and charts the amazing journey of ten wild horses taken from the Kaimanawa ranges. From their muster in 2014 during the bi-annual Department of Conservation round up… Read More

Professionally, Lou Reed was known as a genius maverick in the world of music and performance; in his personal life, if Notes from the Velvet Underground: The Life of Lou Reed, the newest biography of the late musician by Howard Sounes, is anything to go by, he was a bit of a bastard. Abusive towards… Read More

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