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Laid to rest in Paris’s famous Pere Lachaise cemetery, Benedictine nun Heloise d’Argenteuil and her lover and husband, the theologian and philosopher. Peter Abelard, became legendary. Theirs is one of the great love stories of all time. Centuries later, their tragic enforced separation and Abelard’s castration in particular, continue to be remembered and fire imaginations the… Read More

Paddy Richardson is the author of five previous novels, The Company of a Daughter, A Year to Learn a Woman, Hunting Blind, Traces of Red, Cross Fingers, and Swimming in the Dark.  Her writing has appeared in journals, anthologies, and on radio, and she has been the recipient of the University of Otago Burns Fellowship… Read More

Karen McMillan is the author of 11 published books, a mixture of fiction and non-fiction. Her novels have been bestsellers and include the historical novels The Paris of the East, and The Paris of the West. Her non-fiction books include Unbreakable Spirit: Facing the Challenge of Cancer in New Zealand, From the Blitz to the… Read More

Pat Chapman published The Best Dad in the World in 2016, a number 1 bestseller, and ‘Tis the Month Before Christmas: the True Story of Santa in 2015. She is the author of several non-fiction books, including the best-selling Dunmore Book of New Zealand Records, and Strange Facts and True About New Zealand, as well as… Read More

Tina Clough divides her time between writing crime novels, and translating and editing medical research papers. Tina was born in Sweden and lives outside Napier, where she grows organic vegetables, looks after her free-range hens and makes jam. Reading, photography and kayaking rate high on the list of interests. Tina is the author of the… Read More

March 8th was International Women’s Day – a day to mark the extraordinary and ordinary achievements of women throughout the world. Being a book lover, there’s no better way to celebrate brilliant womanhood than to compile a list of my favourite female writers. It goes without saying that compiling this list was a torturous process… Read More

This year seems to be a good one for book to screen adaptations. While we bookworms like to complain loudly about the discrepancies between the page and screen we are always a little bit excited to see written stories take on cinematic life. The complaints and yes, praise, come afterwards, of course. Gathered below for… Read More

Last year, sick of not being motivated to read enough, I tried the 2016 book challenge. While I didn’t quite get through all 52 books, I did read more than triple the amount of books I read the year before. Not a bad improvement! This year I’m going to try again with a new list… Read More

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