Chris Tse was bloody robbed – your verdicts on the Ockham shortlist

The deadline for our lavish Ockhams giveaway has rolled on by and it’s time to announce who won.

Review: The Porpoise would win a fight against Jordan Peterson’s lobster-men

Chloe Blades on the raw, complex and unabashedly feminist new novel by the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. 

The Monday Poem: Turn Out to Be Something by Ashleigh Young

New work by Ashleigh Young from her upcoming collection How I Get Ready.

How Marilyn Waring became an MP aged 23

A saddle sore, a teal bridesmaid's dress and the Ngāruawāhia High School hall: how Marilyn Waring became the National candidate for Raglan. 

Books Archive

The Friday Poem: Contents of a mummy Tardis handbag by Renee Liang

New verse from poet and playwright Renee Liang.

Please welcome… the Unity Books CHILDREN’S bestseller chart!!

Unity and The Spinoff are very proud to announce the arrival of this new monthly feature. Because we love kids, and we love books, and we’re really sick of buying shitty books by mistake and having to read them 87,000 bedtimes in a row.

Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending May 10

The only published and available best-selling 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 misunderstood mongrels of the New Zealand bush

Turns out two of our most-loathed bush dwellers – supplejack and ongaonga – are at once way more annoying and way more fascinating than we gave them credit for. 

We have 16 seriously covetable NZ books for you, thanks to the Ockham Awards

All of the books shortlisted for the country’s shiniest literary gongs at this year’s Auckland Writers Festival are boxed up in some publicist’s back room, just waiting to be shipped to YOU!!

Review: The Library Book is a thrilling tale of fire, loss and renewal

As Wellington and Waikanae face a winter without two beloved libraries, Marion McLeod reviews The Library Book, a hymn to a library that burned. 

“The book was a way to confront the trauma I had been ignoring”

Playwright and Spinoff culture editor Sam Brooks talks to Val Emmich, author of Dear Evan Hansen, about the process of adapting a smash Broadway musical into a book.

Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending May 3

The only published and available best-selling 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: ‘Everything is Nice’ by Ursula Robinson-Shaw

New poetry from Wellington-born writer Ursula Robinson-Shaw.

‘Even my own skin could contaminate me’: a scholar charts her breakdown

Extract: How Wendy Parkins unravelled and put herself back together, sort of.

One man’s death, and what came after

Marion McLeod reviews Late in the Day, a "smooth and sinuous and subtle" new novel by Tessa Hadley

TMI: An essay on contemporary poetry in Aotearoa/New Zealand

Poet Steven Toussaint on the explosive, triumphant wizardry that is happening here and now.