Late last year we asked Anthony Byrt to review a collection of essays by the great John Berger. The author died in January; the review is now a kind of tribute to a writer who was a massive influence on Geoff Dyer, Olivia Laing, and others.
An extract from Playing for Both Sides, a kind of memoir by Auckland novelist Stephanie Johnson on her love-hate relationship with Australia.
David Eggleton surveys the life and times of the one and only Allen Ginsberg - the manic and delirious poet who dedicated himself to "writing down newspaper headlines from Mars".
Elizabeth Heritage drags her feet through Zadie Smith's latest novel, with its constant moralising about racism, sexism, class divides, feminism, religious fundamentalism, poverty etc etc etc.
A new book, published today, gives an inside account of the professional arrogance and denial of the 1980s "unfortunate experiment" scandal at National Women’s Hospital in Auckland.