Book review: Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan

Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan, Text Publishing, ISBN 9781922182722, RRP $26 Anyone who’s read Will Grayson, Will Grayson (hereafter known as WG, WG) knows the eponymous characters weren’t necessarily the star of that show, um, book. No, the star was definitely Tiny Cooper, WG1’s best friend and WG2’s short-term boyfriend. Tiny […]

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Book review: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

Ishiguro returns with an intriguing, infuriating masterpiece The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro, Faber & Faber, ISBN 9780571315048, RRP $36.99 It’s been ten years since Ishiguro’s last novel, Never Let Me Go*. Ten long years for Ishiguro fans like me. The announcement of a new novel was a welcome relief. The Buried Giant is the […]

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Literary giant Haruki Murakami headlines 2015 Auckland Writers Festival

One of the world’s most lauded and elusive literary greats, Haruki Murakami, will appear at this year’s Auckland Writers Festival which takes place from 13-17 May at the Aotea Centre. Exclusive to Auckland, Murakami will feature in one session only at the festival, on Saturday 16 May at 7.30pm. Festival director Anne O’Brien says Murakami’s […]

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March picture book roundup part 2

The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade by Davina Bell, illustrated by Allison Colpys, Scribe, ISBN 9781925106206, RRP $30 (hardcover) Picture book stories can sometimes be a bit “out there” but they’re also a really good way to address things with kids that they might not want to talk about head-on. And let’s face it, often-times they are […]

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