Steve Braunias

Steve Braunias serves as editor of the Spinoff Review of Books. He is a staff writer at the New Zealand Herald, appears to be life president of the Wintec Press Club, and is the author of nine books. Steve was born in Tauranga in 1960.

Books
Jan 18, 2019

Book of the Week: Steve Braunias reviews the new cookbook by Nadia Lim

Steve Braunias reviews the latest cookbook by Nadia Lim, and declares it a plate of two halves - half-dumb, half-divine.

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Books
Aug 10, 2017

Kirsty Johnston and the goodness of investigative journalism

We conclude our week-long look at A Moral Truth, an important new book about investigative journalism in New Zealand, with the return of the dear old revolutionary live email interview - conducted with Kirsty Johnston, a Herald legend whose work features in the book

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Books
Jul 31, 2017

An interim report on the state of New Zealand literature in 2017

A special investigation asks: Has much happened this year in New Zealand writing? Steve Braunias assesses the books of 2017 to date.

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Books
Jul 13, 2017

Book of the week: a guide to the hot pools of New Zealand

You need this book in your life, right now, this instant. Steve Braunias recommends a New Zealand classic.

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Books
May 29, 2017

Julian Assange and Rolf Harris: return of the convicts, by Steve Braunias

To mark a new edition (new preface and everything!) of the 2014 best-seller The Scene of the Crime by Steve Braunias, we present an extract from the chapter which entwines Rolf Harris and Julian Assange.

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Books
May 17, 2017

And the winner is a genius: Steve Braunias interviews Ashleigh Young

Steve Braunias interviews literary sensation Ashleigh Young, who won the award for best book of non-fiction at last night's Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

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Books
May 16, 2017

The winners, drunks, and gossip at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards

Steve Braunias reports live from the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

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Books
May 16, 2017

Ockham New Zealand Book Awards: Revolutionary live email interview with Fergus Barrowman

VUP publisher Fergus Barrowman steps up for the revolutionary live email interview.

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Books
May 1, 2017

The Monday Excerpt: The difficult birth of the man who ate Lincoln Rd

The latest book by Steve Braunias is based on his Herald series about eating everything on sight on Lincoln Rd. In this excerpt from the prologue, he goes behind the scenes to reveal the lengths he went to in his pursuit to get the paper to publish the series.

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Books
Apr 6, 2017

A memoir by Steve Braunias: part 4 of our week-long series on Greymouth writer Peter Hooper

All week this week we look at the life and writing of Greymouth novelist and poet Peter Hooper (1919-91). Today: a West Coast memoir by Steve Braunias.

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Music
Mar 24, 2017

A review of Don Henley written on a phone on the 049 bus from Te Atatu to Henderson

Don Henley from The Eagles played a gig at the Vector Arena in Auckland on Thursday night. Steve Braunias was there, and he reviewed it on the bus today.

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Books
Mar 15, 2017

We cross live to the launch of the Auckland Writers Festival

A lawyer has run amok at the Auckland Art Gallery at the launch of the Auckland Writers Festival. The Spinoff Review of Books was there.

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Books
Mar 7, 2017

Ashleigh and the others: announcing the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards shortlist!!!! Plus attempt to manufacture a racism stoush

Yet another Spinoff Review of Books exclusive as we break the 6:00am embargo by 60 seconds and present, as of 5:59am,  the shortlist of the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards …

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Books
Mar 2, 2017

The revolutionary live email interview conducted by Steve Braunias: part 4 of the strange story of the lost island of ‘Ata

Steve Braunias conducts the live email interview – the revolutionary journalistic practise trailblazed by the Spinoff Review of Books – with author and academic Scott Hamilton to conclude our week-long series on Hamilton’s terrific new book The Stolen Island.

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Books
Mar 1, 2017

Breaking (well it was at the time): Ashleigh Young wins $229,837.07 in a major literary prize!!!

In which the Spinoff Review of Books reveals the New Zealand writer who has won a Major International Prize.

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Books
Feb 8, 2017

In which the Spinoff Review of Books accommodates a meme of that Hitler clip from Downfall

A new book claims Hitler was a junkie. Here is a meme from Downfall proving that Hitler was a junkie.

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Books
Dec 8, 2016

Special edition of best books for Xmas: The Shops, by Steve Braunias and Peter Black, with bonus question – why do photographers talk so goddamned much?

All week this week Spinoff Review of Books editor Steve Braunias recommends the very best, A-grade quality, guaranteed good books for Christmas. Today: The Shops, by Spinoff Review of Books editor Steve Braunias, in collaboration with photographer Peter Black. Here to promote it by way of a contentious essay is Spinoff Review of Books editor Steve Braunias.

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Books
Nov 30, 2016

Best book, best old author, best hair – it’s the first annual Spinoff Review of Books literary awards!!!

New Zealand literature! What is it, who reads it, and why does it exist? Some or none or all of these questions are about to be answered in the first annual Spinoff Review of Books literary awards!!!

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Books
Nov 24, 2016

Book of the week: the Spinoff live email interview with Adam Dudding

Adam Dudding! Everyone's buying his book, and basically his family memoir has become the smash-hit New Zealand book this Christmas. He talks to Steve Braunias in the Spinoff live email interview.

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Books
Nov 21, 2016

Literature and the earthquake: an essay by Steve Braunias

Wellington's all good, it's still in one piece, but for a while there it felt like it was finished, writes our man at LitCrawl.

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Society
Nov 14, 2016

‘A longer 90 seconds than I usually experience’: Steve Braunias on the earthquake

The place: Cuba Street, downtown Wellington. The time: approximately midnight Sunday.

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Books
Nov 3, 2016

This week four New Zealand women writers won money and/or awards (or got close)

Good news for four New Zealand writers, as exclusively revealed by the Spinoff Review of Books.

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Politics
Nov 1, 2016

David Cunliffe and the soulful zone: a 2007 profile by Steve Braunias

A vintage, 2007 interview with David Cunliffe, who has announced be is leaving politics.

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Books
Oct 27, 2016

Book of the week: Steve Braunias on the dog that died

Steve Braunias writes about Lucky, the unlucky dog of Mercer, in a new anthology of writing about dogs - dogs as pets, dogs as farm animals, dogs as meals, and other kinds of dogs.

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Books
Oct 12, 2016

The shining, sort of thing: Steve Braunias meets Stephen King

One of the year's best books is End of Watch, by the great master of readable fiction, Stephen King. Steve Braunias recalls an appointment with the author in London.

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Books
Oct 5, 2016

The journalist and the liar: Steve Braunias on journalism’s fear of fiction

Steve Braunias reviews a peculiar new book by a living legend of American journalism.

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Books
Sep 28, 2016

Steve Braunias on the town that died

To mark the publication of a stunning collection of black and white photographs taken of a West Coast ghost town, Steve Braunias posts a Sunday Star-Times column he wrote about the place in 2006.

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