Linda Burgess

Linda Burgess lives in Wellington. She has written novels, short stories, a travel memoir, film scripts, and a book about historic houses. She also translates French children's books. Linda was born in Pahiatua in 1948.

Books
Sep 23, 2021
A 90s primary school classroom, male teacher with beard, short-sleeved shirt and walk shorts.

Walk shorts and dreams: Oh, to be a teacher in the 90s

For kids to thrive at school they have to be engaged – and so do teachers.

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The Sunday Essay
Sep 12, 2021

The Sunday Essay: In praise of breakfast

I wake up round 5am and think, what will I have today?

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Essay
Jun 26, 2021
Woman holding smiling sign on her face outside smile street

Rules for smiling at strangers

You'll know me next time, writes Linda Burgess.

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Society
Jun 7, 2021

Our dog is not a human, no matter what we like to think

The family dog is a special part of out lives. But are we taking the mollycoddling too far?

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Television
Jun 1, 2021

Why do I find David Lomas Investigates’ family reunions so unsettling?

It's supposed to be a tearjerking but ultimately uplifting viewing experience. So why does Linda Burgess find it such an uneasy watch?

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Television
Apr 19, 2021

Review: Creamerie is the post-pandemic comedy we need right now

A gender-flipped Handmaid's Tale set during a pandemic... and it's a black comedy?

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The Sunday Essay
Apr 11, 2021

The Sunday Essay: What to get rid of

Turn on your computer, click on Facebook. Click on friends. Declutter, declutter, declutter.

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Society
Mar 13, 2021

Should they be afraid? The royals with the most to lose from Meghan’s interview

That Oprah interview put the entire British royal family in the crosshairs – but some are likely quaking more than others. So should they be afraid?

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Television
Mar 8, 2021

Review: Six Angry Women doesn’t tell you what to think – it demands that you think

A new documentary on TVNZ1 following the Mervyn Thompson Affair takes on the thorny incident with wise ambivalence.

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Society
Feb 27, 2021

The price of love

Collars, leads, crates, a cleverly designed bottle to drink out of, things that squeak, things that are chewable, gnawable, toys that extend him intellectually. Treats to reward him for not being a little prat.

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Society
Jan 16, 2021

Joylessness to the world 

You can’t fabricate joy, it’s in your DNA – or not.

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Music
Nov 29, 2020

When did songs stop having lyrics I knew by heart?

Was it music’s fault, when words suddenly seemed to be less important than instruments? Or was it just life taking over?

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Television
Nov 16, 2020

All Creatures Great and Small will make you nostalgic for uncomplicated nostalgia

The original series about a Yorkshire vet was a late-70s television phenomenon. Could the rebooted version scratch a similar itch for recovering Anglophile Linda Burgess?

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Books
Nov 1, 2020

Now it is boring

Having started the pandemic storyline, God, or perhaps the scriptwriters working on the world’s stories, have lost the plot.

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Food
Sep 20, 2020

On cooking shows and cursing

Over the last few months, Linda Burgess has cheered herself up by watching cooking programmes. And saying fuck.

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Society
Aug 26, 2020

Taking one for the team (of five million)

Linda Burgess puts on her mask, goes to the mall, and finds herself slipping into a dystopian level two nightmare...

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Books
Aug 11, 2020

The novel that asks: what if Hillary hadn’t married Bill?

Last time Curtis Sittenfeld fictionalised a first lady she absolutely nailed it, writes Linda Burgess. This time something's ... off.

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Politics
Jul 21, 2020

What about me?! Seeking the middle children in New Zealand politics

Judith is the youngest of six. Gerry is the oldest of five. Jacinda and Grant? Youngest of two and three, respectively. But where are the misunderstood middle children in our parliament?

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Television
May 17, 2020

Review: TV adaptation of The Luminaries has both the glitter and the gold

The Man Booker prize-winning novel arrives on our screens, but does it make it the transition unscathed?

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Books
Mar 8, 2020

Little things lost

A new essay by Linda Burgess.

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Media
Feb 19, 2020

Review: High in the gods for David Suchet – Poirot and More

At the interval, Linda Burgess's legs are aching. But in the second half, magic happens.

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Society
Dec 27, 2019

We’re all going on a summer holiday: life as a teenage New Zealander in the 1960s

Summer journeys: In the first of a special summer travel series, Linda Burgess looks back on the not-so-glamorous New Zealand holidays of her youth.

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Books
Jan 10, 2019

Book of the Week: Linda Burgess reviews Becoming by Michelle Obama

Linda Burgess on the biggest-selling, most-loved book of summer: Becoming, the memoir by Michelle Obama.

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Books
Dec 28, 2018

Summer reissue: The first WAGs – A 1970s All Black wife on rugby and women’s lib

We asked former All Black great Bob Burgess to review a new book on his team-mate Keith Murdoch. But then we changed our mind, and asked his wife Linda Burgess to write whatever she wanted about rugby.

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Books
Dec 18, 2018

The fourth best book of 2018: Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi

All week this week we count down the five best books of 2018. Number four: Linda Burgess reviews the Ottolenghi cookbook Simple.

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Books
Sep 26, 2018

Toby: an essay by Linda Burgess

"Toby is not quite 11 weeks old."

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