The Monday Excerpt: Mika stars in I Have Loved Me a Man

We could have chosen some text from the new biography of the phenomenal Mika but yeah nah let the pictures do the talking.

Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending October 5

Only 81 shopping days till Xmas! Get in early and peruse the week's biggest-selling books at the Unity stores in Willis St, Wellington, and High St, Auckland.

Book of the Week: Inside the tidy, inscrutable mind of David Lynch

Philip Matthews reviews a new memoir of genius director David Lynch, who emerges from the book as a 'happy neurotic'.

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‘Maybe Lloyd Jones is trying to kill me’ – poet laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh

Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh tells of the time she went swimming in deep, deep water with novelist Lloyd Jones at Byron Bay.

The strangest literary journal in the world: New Zealand hooks up with the Orkney Islands

Why is so much writing too afraid to ever dare to be offensive? A new literary journal produced in the Orkney Islands, in Scotland, attempts to buck the trend - with assistance from New Zealand authors.

The Monday Extract: The Heart of Jesús Valentino

Former journalist Emma Gilkison writes about a routine scan at Starship, where a paediatric cardiologist said to her, "There are two issues with your baby’s heart."

Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending September 28

The week's biggest-selling books at the Unity stores in High St, Auckland, and Willis St, Wellington.

The Friday Poem: ‘Release’ by Chris Tse

New verse by Wellington writer Chris Tse.

Book of the Week: Danyl Mclauchlan on Yuval Noah Harari

Danyl Mclauchlan examines Yuval Noah Harari's latest attempt to explain the world.

Toby: an essay by Linda Burgess

"Toby is not quite 11 weeks old."

An ode to the joy and persistence of secondhand bookstores

Alan Perrott reports on the pressures and hardships of running a second-hand bookstore in 2018.

Papercuts: Conversations with Friends

On this episode of Papercuts we delve into all the latest book news, deep dive into the Booker longlisted (update: and scandalously not shortlisted), Normal People and ask who the fuck is Bob Woodward. With a lot more book & non-book related recommendations included!

The Friday Poem: ‘On Intimacy’ by Sam Duckor-Jones

New verse by Featherston writer Sam Duckor-Jones.

Unity Books best-seller chart for the week ending September 21

The week's best-selling books at the Unity stores in Willis St, Wellington, and High St, Auckland.

Book of the Week: the new JK Rowling is up there with Harry Potter

Charlotte Graham-McLay is dazzled by the new novel by JK Rowling (writing as Robert Galbraith), which arrived in shops this week.