The world’s first emoji book reviews (probably)

A round-up of 20 best-sellers this Christmas – featuring the world's first ever recorded use of emoji reviews.

The Who, as remembered by deaf old coot Roger Daltrey

Steve Braunias reviews the new autobiography by Roger Daltrey, singer with one of the best and worst groups of all times, The Who.

‘A little bit of brown sugar on the pile of white bread’: an essay on Māori achievement

The Monday Extract: Wellington writer John-Paul Powley pulls together Parihaka, imperialism, capitalism, and catered lunches at education conferences in a searching essay on Māori achievement.

The Friday Poem: ‘My mother’ by Jenny Blood

New verse by Pt Chevalier writer Jenny Blood.

Books Archive

Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending November 23

Only 39 shopping days till Xmas! Get in early and peruse the week’s bestselling books at the Unity stores in High St, Auckland, and Willis St, Wellington.

The state of New Zealand poetry in 2018

Book of the Week: In which Spinoff Review of Books literary editor Steve Braunias commissions Murray Edmond to review an anthology of New Zealand poetry published by Steve Braunias.

‘Your grandparents were loaded onto cattle trucks and sent to the gas chambers’

Auckland writer Kirsten Warner on the continuing horror of the Holocaust for second generation survivors.

The long, doomed march of Te Puoho, New Zealand’s would-be Genghis Khan

Author Bruce Ansley follows in the footsteps of Te Puoho, who set off on an epic, 1500-kilometre march with his war party in 1836, intent on destroying an entire people - Ngai Tahu.

Jeffrey is on LSD. Jeffrey is mourning his wife

The Monday Extract: A harrowing personal essay by Christchurch poet Jeffrey Paparoa Holman from his new memoir.

Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending November 16

Only 39 shopping days till Xmas! Get in early and peruse the week’s bestselling books at the Unity stores in Willis St, Wellington, and High St, Auckland.

In a room with Colin Hogg and Sam Hunt, wasted

Book of the Week: Jane Westaway reviews Colin Hogg's portrait of poet Sam Hunt.

Imagine no John Lennon

Spinoff Review of Books literary editor Steve Braunias heads out to New Lynn to ponder two new books on His Holiness of the Church of Enduring Beatlemania, John Lennon.

The ghost of Charles Bukowski in Wellington: a report from LitCrawl 2018

Spinoff Review of Books literary editor Steve Braunias does his best to remember a drunken weekend in Wellington at 2018 LitCrawl.

The coroner will see you now

The Monday Extract: Christchurch coroner Marcus Elliott writes a personal essay about death, grief, and mercy in a new book about dying in New Zealand.

The Friday Poem: ‘what the poem isn’t allowed to do’ by essa may ranapiri

New verse by Kirikiriroa writer essa may ranapiri.