Trying to beat anxiety with brute force: A review of a new, very weird, Australian self-help book

"I know it may appear mean-spirited," comments Deborah Hill-Cone, "to write a bad review about anyone who has the courage to speak publicly about their mental illness." And then she proceeds to write the bad review.

Snouts in troughs: who got what to write things few people will read

The latest literary funding grants from Creative New Zealand, featuring established novelists, literary festivals, and The Spinoff Review of Books.

The Friday Poem: 'STIHL Power Equipment' by Freya Daly Sadgrove

New verse by Wellington writer Freya Daly Sadgrove.

Ockham New Zealand Book Awards: A short story by CK Stead

Who will laugh like a loon and who will cry bitter tears at Tuesday night's Ockham New Zealand Book Awards? CK Stead is shortlisted for the fiction prize; we usually give fiction a really wide swerve at the Spinoff, but today we present his short story 'Marriage Americano', taken from his shortlisted book, The Name on the Door is Not Mine.