Book review: The Chimes by Anna Smaill

The Chimes by Anna Smaill, Sceptre, ISBN 9781444794533, RRP$34.99 What if we didn’t remember things? What if memory meant so little to us that we let things go, not even knowing what they were? What if our world was so full of music, both beautiful and dangerous, that it crowded out our memories? That’s the […]

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Writers invited to enter Mind Body Spirit Awards

Writers working in the mind, body and spirit genre have just over one month to go to enter their unpublished manuscript to the 2015 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Book Awards. The Award, now in its 12th year carries a $10,000 prize. Entries close on 31 March 2015. The award’s judges also seek entries for published […]

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An Unreal House Filled with Real Storms – Elizabeth Knox

Not so much a book as a … bound pamphlet? (in the traditional sense), An Unreal House Filled with Real Storms is a print edition of Elizabeth Knox’s inaugural Margaret Mahy Memorial Lecture, that she originally delivered in August 2014. How lucky those were who could be there to hear it! Just reading it is a […]

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Run Thomas Run by Kate Carty

Run Thomas Run by Kate Carty, Escalator Press, ISBN 9780473295240 Novels about Assyrians, Iraq and the 1991 and 2003 wars/invasions/emancipations(?) aren’t exactly a “genre” for New Zealand writers but Kate Carty is uniquely set up to have produced this novel. According to her bio she married into an Assyrian Iraqi family which probably explains why […]

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