Extract: A City Possessed – The Christchurch Civic Crèche Case

Four short extracts from A City Possessed: The Christchurch Child Crèche Case by Lynley Hood, which has just been reprinted by Otago University Press.

Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending August 30

The only published and available best-selling indie book chart in New Zealand is the top 10 sales list recorded every week at Unity Books’ stores in High St, Auckland, and Willis St, Wellington.

The Friday Poem: Art by Susanna Gendall

A prose poem by Wellington writer Susanna Gendall.

Adapt or die: Pacific Laureate Lani Wendt Young is not messing around

In a speech for the NZ Book Council tonight, Samoan/Māori writer Lani Wendt Young landed hit after hit on the all-white castle of publishing, finishing with this rallying cry for change. 

Books Archive

Review: a true crime megafan tears into a new book on the Manson murders

Jean Sergent is left bemused and beaten-down by CHAOS: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties, a book that sucked up two decades of the author’s life.

A poetic truth, a love letter: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, reviewed

Ruby Porter on the first novel by acclaimed Vietnamese-American poet Ocean Vuong. 

I dive into grief: How giving in to anguish helps us make sense of mourning

Aotearoa needs to learn to make space for mourning. 

Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending August 23

The only published and available best-selling indie book chart in New Zealand is the top 10 sales list recorded every week at Unity Books’ stores in High St, Auckland, and Willis St, Wellington.

The Friday Poem: Superman by Nick Ascroft

A new poem by Oamaru-born poet Nick Ascroft.

An inheritance of harm: Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys, reviewed

Colson Whitehead's latest novel follows two boys through the horrors of a real-life reform school in Florida. Our reviewer is Aaron Smale, whose reporting on similar schools in New Zealand led to a Royal Commission of Inquiry. 

How shit I am: a poet on her first slam

Prolific, award-winning Palmerston North poet Paula Harris somehow manages to be stroppy and properly vulnerable all at once. Here, she writes about her first slam competition – and why she cried all the way home. 

Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending August 16

The only published and available best-selling indie book chart in New Zealand is the top 10 sales list recorded every week at Unity Books’ stores in High St, Auckland, and Willis St, Wellington.

‘We need more of everything’: a call for better writing about disability

More than a century after Dickens gave us Tiny Tim, writers often fail to make disability anything other than a narrative crutch.

Behind the beautiful, bucolic cover of women’s poetry book Wild Honey

Paula Green, madwoman, took it upon herself to launch three (3) books this month. The biggie is Wild Honey, a deeply-researched but accessible tribute to women poets in New Zealand. We've a review underway, but for now, let's talk about the cover – the bit that hits you first. It's a painting by artist and writer Sarah Laing, bright and stingingly gorgeous. Somehow, amid the maelstrom, Paula managed to write this piece about how the cover came to be, and how it connects with the pages inside. 

Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending August 9

The only published and available best-selling indie book chart in New Zealand is the top 10 sales list recorded every week at Unity Books’ stores in High St, Auckland, and Willis St, Wellington.