A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Non-fiction by Terry Pratchett

A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Non-fiction by Terry Pratchett, foreword by Neil Gaiman, Doubleday, ISBN 9780857521224, RRP $54.99 “Terry Pratchett,” writes Neil Gaiman in the foreword to this tome, “is not a jolly old elf at all.” Oh readers, did any of us really think he was? Can anyone read the words of Death […]

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I’ve just finished reading Strata by Terry Pratchett

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…for the first time. Silver unfastened her couch straps, then looked across at Kin. “We built the universe, didn’t we,” she said. “Not us precisely, these lumps of bone and brain, but the thing in us that makes us what we are. The thing that dreams while the rest of us is asleep.” Like this:Like […]

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Book Watch – NZ Herald on Sunday, 9 February 2014

Maia and What Matters By Tine Mortier, Illustrated by Kaatje Vermeire, Book Island A stunning and deeply moving picture book, Maia and What Matters is the story of Maia and her beloved grandma. Dealing compassionately and appropriately with issues of loss and grieving, as well as old age, this is a wonderful book to share […]

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Book Review: Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett

Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett, Doubleday, ISBN9780857522276, RRP $49.99 It is by turns amazing and fortunate (for us readers) that Discworld is now 40; Raising Steam is the 40th novel in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. Look, you all know how I feel about Pratchett, and if this is your first time visiting (Aloha!) then look around! […]

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The Whitcoulls Top 100 2012-13

Media release                                                                                                   July 16, 2012 Murder, lust and revenge top the list From murderous thrillers to scandalous love affairs, New Zealanders have revealed their favourite reads in the Whitcoulls Top 100 of 2012-13. The Whitcoulls Top 100 has been the go-to guide for reading enthusiasts for more than a decade and with 20,000 votes this […]

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My first Book Watch column for 2012

Originally published in the New Zealand Herald on Sunday, 15 January 2012. Reproduced here courtesy of the NZ Herald. Snuff By Terry Pratchett (Doubleday, $55) Long time readers of my blog know well my fondness for Sir Terry Pratchett, so it will come as no surprise that I loved Snuff. Pratchett returns us to the […]

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