Māori writing in 2017: Apirana Taylor on the making of his novel about two alcoholic drug addicts

All week this week the Spinoff Review of Books looks at new Māori (and Pasifika) writing. Today: Apirana Taylor backgrounds his new novel set in "the criminal underbelly of New Zealand's underworld".

The Unity Books best-selling chart for the week ending June 23

The best-selling books at the two best bookstores known to God.

The Friday Poem: 'Last words' by Bill Manhire

New verse - he wrote it on Wednesday, actually - by Wellington writer Bill Manhire.