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10 hacks to help you read more books

If you struggle to find time to read books or are looking to increase your book count, here are ten practical hacks to help.

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Women’s Prize for Fiction 2024: Six expert reviews of the shortlisted books

The Women’s Prize for Fiction has been championing women writers since it launched in 1996. It is one of the most influential and popular literary prizes in world with writers like Zadie Smith and Andrea Levy, among its past winners.

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What is romantasy? Our experts explain the bestselling book trend

Romantasy is currently experiencing extraordinary visibility both on digital platforms and in local bookstores.

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Late Library Book? Just Send in a Cute Photo of Your Cat

Yes, you read that headline correctly. 

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Big literary names, celebrity faces inform Auckland Writers Festival 2024 line up

Readers and writers are spoiled for choice as the rich line up for the Auckland Writers Festival 2024 is revealed.

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Add these Princess of Wales-approved classics to your reading list

Not sure what to read while in lockdown? Kate, the Princess of Wales, might have some ideas for you.

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Five books to read if you fell in love with One Day

One Day has become a topic of conversation everywhere as the much-loved, moving David Nicholls novel gets the Netflix treatment.

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Best books of 2023: Experts share the books that have stayed with them

We asked 20 of our regular contributors to nominate their favourite books of the year.

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10 Books Experts Recommend to Help you Understand Israel and Palestine

Delving into the complex history and intricate dynamics of Israel and Palestine requires guidance from insightful sources. Here’s a curated list of 10 books recommended by experts that offer profound insights and perspectives, helping you navigate the intricate tapestry of this region’s history, conflicts, and narratives.

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Holiday reads for 2023: The best books for the summer break

Add these to your reading list for the holiday break or while you’re hitting the beach.

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Booker Prize 2023: the Six Shortlisted Books Reviewed

From a longlist of 12, six novels have been shortlisted for the 2023 Booker prize. 

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Booker Prize 2023: the six shortlisted books reviewed by experts

From a longlist of 12, six novels have been shortlisted for the 2023 Booker Prize. Our academics review the finalists ahead of the announcement of the winner on November 26.

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Book Review: Property woes and punk sensibilities define Paradise Estate by Max Easton

Max Easton’s novel Paradise Estate offers a variation on the share-house drama epitomised by Monkey Grip (1977), Helen Garner’s chronicle of communal living in Melbourne.

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Review: Alienation and hidden histories: ‘unsettling’ new stories reveal a distorted world

Three new Australian short-story collections are very different in their style and approach to short-form fiction.

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Book Review: Everything’s Fine explores the impact of political differences in a relationship

What’s wrong with a love story between a Black progressive woman and a white conservative man?

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How BookTok trends influence what you read – whether you use TikTok or not

If you’ve been in a bookshop recently, you may have seen references to BookTok – whether it’s stickers on books or whole tables dedicated to “BookTok favourites”.

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Book Review: The Wren, The Wren by Anne Enright the work of a writer at the height of her power

The question of how different characters judge, navigate and offset one another’s shared reality is at the centre of Anne Enright’s eighth novel, The Wren, The Wren.

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Kiwi classic cookbook, Edmonds, releases their first-ever te reo Māori cookbook

Learning the beautiful language of te reo Māori just got a whole lot tastier and more accessible, thanks to a delightful new addition to the culinary world.

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Book Review: The Fraud by Zadie Smith a dazzling depiction of Victorian colonial England

Zadie Smith’s latest novel, The Fraud, is her first foray into the world of historical fiction. The result is a stunning, well-studied examination of Victorian colonial England and some of its inhabitants.

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Book Review: Emily Perkins’ ‘Lioness’ interrogates our obsession with wellbeing

The protagonist of Emily Perkins’ new book Lioness is instantly recognisable – and her story will engage readers who like to soak up a good psychological drama.

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Six must-read new fiction books – reviewed by our experts

Taking a holiday or have a long commute each day? Pick up one of these new books to help pass the time.

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5 books to add to your reading list this winter

There’s truly nothing better than curling up on the couch with a good book and a cosy blanket, especially when it’s getting a bit chilly outside.

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Atlas: Pa Salt Book – The End of an Era

The release of “Atlas: Pa Salt Book,” the final instalment of the popular Seven Sisters series by Lucinda Riley, has sparked a wave of anticipation and reflection among avid readers.

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International Booker Prize 2023: our experts review the six shortlisted books

From a longlist of 12, six novels have been shortlisted for the 2023 International Booker Prize. Our academics review the finalists ahead of the announcement of the winner on May 23.

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