The biggest-selling books of 2016 at Unity Books in Wellington. Pictured: image from a book not on the list, The Shops, a beautiful coffee table book by writer Steve Braunias and photographer Peter Black.
Nick Bollinger! He's ace. He's written about music with insight and feeling, and a lot of that stems from his background in bands. He recalls going out on the road with Rough Justice in his new, excellent memoir Goneville, which we totally recommend as a Xmas gift for the muso in your life.
The most popular books this Xmas at the Unity Books stores in Wellington and Auckland. Pictured: previous best-seller The Shops, by Spinoff Review of Books editor Steve Braunias in collaboration with photographer Peter Black.
There ain't no Friday Poem today. Instead, the Spinoff's team of experts have chosen their best five books of poetry published in 2016, and guarantee that each book would make a really good Xmas gift for the literateur in your life.
You've seen all the other best-of books lists and as the saying goes: they're shit! Yean nah this is the only one you need, as the Spinoff's team of democratic experts bring together memoir, history, survivor's stories, boxing, shops and other subjects from real life.
You've seen all the other best-of books lists and as the saying goes: they're shit! Yean nah this is the only one you need, as the Spinoff's team of democratic experts bring together literary fiction, New Zealand stuff, and total fucking pleasurable junk.
In his first speech after getting the formal tick from his caucus, and ahead of a trip to Government House to be sworn in as prime minister, Bill English has proved his literary credentials by reading a line from a poem. Go poetry. Go English Lit Bill. Here we publish the poem in full.
All week this week the Spinoff presents its best books of 2016. Today: Linda Burgess reviews our selection as the very best book of the year, Anne Sebba's extraordinary portrait of women in occupied France, Les Parisiennes.
What's everyone reading - and buying - at Xmas? Fucking Apostrophes and other gift ideas, going by the latest Unity Books best-seller chart at their stores in Auckland and Wellington.