A brief note on feelings by our new poetry editor Ashleigh Young

Ashleigh Young talks about her feelings as she steps into her new role as poetry editor at The Spinoff Review of Books.

Summer reissue: Madeleine Chapman on co-writing Steven Adams’ autobiography

Madeleine Chapman co-wrote basketball star Steven Adams' autobiography. She tells how she wrote the book alongside an athlete she's known since they were both teenagers.

Summer reissue: The first WAGs – A 1970s All Black wife on rugby and women’s lib

We asked former All Black great Bob Burgess to review a new book on his team-mate Keith Murdoch. But then we changed our mind, and asked his wife Linda Burgess to write whatever she wanted about rugby.

The bestselling books of 2018 at Unity, Auckland

The top ten best-sellers of 2018 at the Unity store in High St, Auckland

Essay Archive

Absolute fact: These are the 20 best non-fiction books of 2018

All week this week we present the 20 best books of the year. Today: the 20 best books of non-fiction.

Christmas shopping guide: the 20 best kids books of 2018

All week this week The Spinoff Review of Books presents the best books of the year. Today: the best 20 books for kids.

In which Amazon goes to war with New Zealand bookstores

An essay by Sarah Forster from Booksellers New Zealand about the threat that Amazon-owned Book Depository pose to bookstores - and, ultimately, readers.

A trans sex worker’s story

The Monday Extract: "Stevie", who works in the sex industry as a self-described "trans boy", talks to social historian Caren Wilton.

‘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.

‘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.

Cancel the prizegiving, but don’t discourage competitiveness

Some people simply love to compete. Madeleine Chapman writes in defence of competitiveness.

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.

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 son of the famous writer

A semi-fictional memoir by Jackson C. Payne, son of the late Bill Payne, ex-con, winner of the 1993 Sargeson Literary Fellowship, author of a classic book about New Zealand gangs, and writer in residence at the Alhambra in Three Lamps.