Monday, May 25, 2015

Young writer asks whether his generation's interests are being served

27-year-old Andrew Dean’s appearance on yesterday’s Q+A testified to the interest being generated by his BWB Text, Ruth, Roger and Me: Debts and Legacies.

Ruth, Roger and Me is a personal, heartfelt indictment of the impact of the changes wrought upon the author's generation by Ruth Richardson’s 1991 ‘Mother of all Budgets’.

Hailed by the Sunday Star Times as 'the voice of a generation', Dean has attracted attention and accolades from across the political spectrum for his frank and eloquent commentary on the intergenerational inequality that he sees as affecting young New Zealanders’ experiences of education, welfare and the housing market.

Published at the end of April as part of Bridget Williams Books’ Texts series, Ruth, Roger and Me is already into its second print run, reflecting a healthy appetite for big thinking by young New Zealand writers

The Nielsen New Zealand Book Trade Industry Awards 2015


The New Zealand Book Trade Industry Awards are the most prestigious awards in the book trade, rewarding excellence, innovation and dedication.

You've done the hard work, now is the time to enjoy the rewards and enjoy a night out with colleagues and friends.  The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Auckland will play host to the biggest night of the literary calendar.

Why should you book?

    - Be the first to see the winners crowned

    - Network with more than 80 key industry figures

    - Celebrate a year of hard work and treat yourself and your team to a
      great night

This celebratory evening will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Auckland on Sunday, 21 June 2015.  Networking drinks will begin at 6.00pm, followed by a buffet dinner with fine wines. Live entertainment with a cash bar to follow.

Don’t miss out, book your place today:  Tickets are
$75 per person (incl GST). 

Email to secure your ticket.




Writers working in the mind, body and spirit genre have just six days to go to enter their published work to the 2015 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Book Awards.

The Award, now in its 12th year carries a $10,000 prize.
Entries close on 31 May 2015.

Entries in the Unpublished Manuscript category closed on 31 March. This category also carries a prize of $10,000.

Spokesperson for The Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust, Adonia Wylie says the judging panel is looking for fiction or non-fiction works that have the potential to uplift and enhance people, relationships and society.
“We enjoy reading works that extend our knowledge of the genre and we would like to encourage all writers interested in the growing mind, body, spirit field to submit their work.

“Authorship and editing are important considerations, and in the case of published books, quality of production such as design and typography will also be important.”

Last year, Lloyd Geering won the $10,000 award in the Published Book category for his work: From the Big Bang to God.
The awards are unique in the country for their encouragement of writing in the mind, body, spirit field.

“The genre encompasses a wide range of beliefs and has higher consciousness, expanded awareness and greater enlightenment as its goals.
“Works from secular and religious backgrounds such as mysticism, spirituality, religion, alternative healing, metaphysics, quantum physics, meditation, holistic personal development, and theosophy are of interest to us,” says Ms Wylie.

Shortlisted writers will be announced mid-July and the award winners will be announced at a ceremony at The Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust’s own venue, Hopetoun Alpha in Auckland on 14 August, 2015.

Submission forms and entry details are available from or from The Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust office, phone: 0800 367 242, e-mail:

Nine to Noon - Scheduled interviews and reviews this week

25-29 May 2015
Nine to Noon with Kathryn Ryan
Nine to Noon episode archive

Scheduled interviews and reviews

Monday 25 May

  • Professor Kate McGrath on fixing science funding
  • Australian farmers take legal action against ANZ
  • Middle East correspondent, Kate Shuttleworth
  • Master waka carver and leader Hec Busby
  • Book review: The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent
  • Reading: "Before I Forget" by Jacqueline Fahey told by Denise O'Connell
  • Political commentators Mike Williams and Matthew Hooton
  • Food: Hamilton tea grower Gigi Crawford
  • Urbanist Tommy Honey

Tuesday 26 May

  • News and current affairs
  • Archaeologist Katharyn Hanson on the destruction of ancient artefacts by ISIS
  • US Correspondent Steve Almond
  • Britain's best known vet and best selling author Bruce Fogle
  • Book Review: The Heat of Betrayal by Douglas Kennedy
  • Reading:  "Before I Forget" by Jacqueline Fahey  told by Denise O'Connell
  • Business Commentator, Rod Oram
  • Vincent O'Malley - Maori 18th Century travel
  • Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Wednesday 27 May

  • California's drought - what role does agriculture play?
  • Australia correspondent Karen Middleton
  • Chris McDougall on his new book "Natural Born Heroes"
  • Book Review: Harry Ricketts reviews HOOPLA series 2015
  • Reading: "Before I Forget" by Jacqueline Fahey  told by Denise O'Connell
  • Marty Duda's musical artist of the week
  • Legal commentator John Hancock
  • Science commentator, Siouxsie Wiles

Thursday 28 May

  • News and current affairs
  • What role should corporate boards play in health and safety
  • UK Correspondent Dame Ann Leslie
  • Dr Clair Mills on treating ebola patients in Sierra Leone
  • Book review: My Life: It's a long story by Willie Nelson
  • Reading: "Before I Forget" by Jacqueline Fahey  told by Denise O'Connell
  • New Technology with Erika Pearson
  • Parenting: Carrie Hope Fletcher - surviving the teenage years
  • TV reviewer, Regan Cunliffe

Friday 29 May

  • News and Current Affairs
  • Paula Bennett on what is happening with social housing
  • Asia correspondent, Jamil Anderlini
  • Eakey Britton on teaching Iranian women to surf
  • Book Review: Tilly Lloyd from Unity Books
  • Reading: "Before I Forget" by Jacqueline Fahey  told by Denise O'Connell
  • New Music with Jeremy Taylor
  • Sports with Brendan Telfer.
  • The Week that Was - Radar and Pinky Agnew

Amitav Ghosh: ‘There is now a vibrant literary world in India – it all began with Naipaul’

The writer discusses boiling in his Delhi garret, climate change in the Bay of Bengal and finishing his opium wars trilogy

Amitav Ghosh
‘If I was an environmental activist I would be very depressed.’ Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian
About 10 years ago Amitav Ghosh began work on a new novel about departures. His experience of moving from India to Britain in the 1970s had been “wrenching” and set him wondering what it was like for Indian people travelling to England in the 19th century. “So I began to write about some characters who might have been among the first people to leave India, and immediately I came up against this immense canvas that lies behind relations between India, Britain and China. It was essentially all about opium and it was clear this was not a story I was going tell in a single book.”

So Ghosh set about writing a fictional account of the period leading up to the first opium war (1839-42), in which UK and China clashed over the British importation of opium, grown on their Indian plantations, into China. Sea of Poppies was published in 2008 and was shortlisted for the Booker prize. It was the first part of what has become the 1,600-page Ibis trilogy, named after the schooner that ferries both opium and human traffic. In 2011 River of Smoke, the second part, was shortlisted for the Man Asian prize and the series culminates this week with the publication of the final volume, Flood of Fire, Ghosh’s eighth novel in a career that has seen his work translated into more than 20 languages. This week his entire body of work was shortlisted for the International Booker prize, which was awarded to László Krasznahorkai.

Book reviews in the Sydney Morning Herald

Quicksand by Steve Toltz: Heroic missteps amid all the talk

Quicksand, by Steve Toltz. Thuy On Quicksand, a tale of misfortune and self-flagellation, is Steve Toltz's follow-up to his Man Booker Prize-shortlisted debut.

Disclaimer by Renee Knight, another thriller in the domestic noir genre

Renee Knight's debut novel feels emotionally true. Anne Susskind In Renee Knight's clever psychological thriller, a nasty old man who wears his late wife Nancy's cardigan has produced a book which has itself become an instrument of revenge.

Books that changed me: author Jane Caro

Jane Caro Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre gave Jane Caro hope as a girl - and Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion gave her clarity and a sense of purpose.

Bookshop: New releases include a novel set during the LA riots and a guide to surviving life's crises

What She Left by T.R. Richmond. Thuy On A new novel explores life in LA during the six-day riots, and a contemporary thriller delves into a young woman's untimely death through her online entries. 

'Not simply books squashed into smartphones'

Tom Bonnick: 'Not simply books squashed into smartphones'

The day your children apply for jobs at "Simon&PenguinRandomHouseHachetteCollinsSchuster," Nosy Crow's Tom Bonnick muses, what will be the process that goes into the making and selling of books? Whatever it is, Bonnick tells us, his experience in the children's market makes him think that today's nerve-wracking industry alarms can be "as pathologically gloomy as they are ludicrously simplistic." Instead of focusing on supposed killer retailers and digital death stars, he takes heart "that children’s publishers have taken an industry-wide anxiety around digital and alchemised it into a celebration of print." Here is welcome encouragement: "Processes may change, but books are not going anywhere." -- Porter Anderson, associate editor

This week I’ve taken part in two events which — in most ways — really could not be more different, but both have left me thinking about the same subject: the future of the book.
On Monday night it was off to the Groucho Club to speak on a panel at one of Justine Solomons' excellent Byte the Book events, on the theme of book design in the digital age. I love being invited to speak at Byte the Book for two reasons: (1) if you’re speaking, you don’t pay for any of the drinks yourself, and (2) when you’re asked by friends and relations what you’re doing that evening, you can airily reply, “Oh, just off to the Groucho, darling”.

Each of the panelists was asked to identify the most important issue in contemporary design, and I — hopelessly out of my depth; the least design-y person there; with only the children’s market to speak about — grasped around for something inoffensive to say and landed on the ways in which digital and print exert subtle influence on each other.

I say “subtle” because digital still represents a tiny proportion of sales for the children’s market (even tinier once you’ve stripped out the YA being bought and read by adults), and so, to mind, is viewed largely as an opportunity to exploit, rather than a threat to mitigate, as it has been perceived by various sectors of the adult market.

Vivian Gornick: 'Most people who are writing memoirs are not writers'

Now 79, the writer has a new memoir out, and has firm views on both that form and her other lifelong passion, feminism

The writer Vivian Gornick at home.
The writer Vivian Gornick at home. ‘If a memoir is to achieve literature, it has to have an organizing principle.’ Photograph: Mitchell Bach/Author
The first thing one notices about Vivian Gornick’s apartment is how spare it is. The walls are lined with tall bookshelves but there is little other element there by way of decoration other than some cat paraphernalia for her pair of tabbies. I have come prepared for the sight; towards the beginning of her typically lucid new memoir, The Odd Woman and the City, Gornick writes that her friends tease her about her “indifference to acquisition”.

It’s not really the result of anti-materialism, though Gornick is very aware of class and labour issues. “All my life I’ve made do with less,” she writes, “because ‘stuff’ makes me anxious.” Another thing this memoir records Gornick as failing to acquire is a live-in partner, but that is treated as a secondary question to her working life and to the city – New York – where she has lived this whole time. The whole book then serves as an implicit clarion call to her fellow “Odd Women”, a term she borrows from the George Gissing novel to describe her condition.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

A Line of Sight - a new novel from NZ author Adrienne Jansen

Two warning shots are fired but one proves to be fatal. What are the consequences – for the hunters, for their families, for their community?

Nick and Graham go out rabbit shooting. They spot two suspected cannabis growers on their land, both men fire in warning. One grower is killed. But who fired the fatal shot? And how far will each man go to prove himself not guilty?

The story of a young man facing the biggest dilemma of his life, A Line of Sight is a powerful portrayal of how one moment of misjudgement can reverberate through a community and have irrevocable consequences on scores of people.

The idea of this novel ‘came from an actual incident that happened several years ago,’ says author Adrienne Jansen, ‘when the son of a farmer shot a cannabis grower by accident, on his father’s farm. Of course, the story in the novel is now very different, but that tragic incident for that family, and that community, was the catalyst.’

About the author:

Adrienne Jansen weaves a compelling whodunnit out of a shooting, the stories of generations from one family, and Swan – a blind boy whose strange take on the events brings great danger and unexpected clarity.

Jansen has previously published three novels: The Score (2013), Floating the Fish on Bamboo (2001) and Spirit Writing (1999). She has also written a number of non-fiction books, two collections of poetry, and edited a collection of short stories for children for Te Papa Press, which included top New Zealand authors like Joy Cowley and Margaret Mahy.

A Line of Sight
Adrienne Jansen
Escalator Press

The secret history of same-sex marriage

Same-sex marriage is making the headlines, with Stephen Fry’s wedding and the US supreme court soon to decide on its legality. It seems like a quintessentially 21st-century issue. In fact such formal unions have a long and fascinating history

Same-sex marriage
Illustration: Sarah Tanat-Jones at Handsome Frank
What do you think of Stephen Fry getting married to Elliott Spencer? Did you see the pictures of Elton John and David Furnish’s wedding? Can you remember the name of Mary Cheney’s bride, or Jodie Foster’s? Just a few years ago, such questions would have been nonsensical. For same sex marriage seems a quintessentially 21st‑century phenomenon. As the US supreme court justice Samuel Alito exclaimed in 2013, before voting against it, it was surely “newer than cellphones or the internet”. He has a point. Even in the western world, most people have still never met a married homosexual couple.

Its opponents decry the recent spread of gay marriage as political correctness gone mad. Its supporters, on the other hand, celebrate it as a sign of progress. Same-sex marriage was a very recent but welcome innovation, the American Historical Association has advised the supreme court. Equal marriage is unprecedented, the UK government agrees, but its introduction will make “our society fairer and more inclusive”. (Or, as Spencer’s elderly former neighbour put it when doorstepped by the Daily Mail: “Life is different now, you have to get with the times.”)

Google v old-fashioned legwork - how to research a novel

David Nicholls: Google v old-fashioned legwork - how to research a novel

Writing One Day, Nicholls used places in Edinburgh he knew well. But in researching Us he made use of Street View to zoom around cities he had never visited. Not all authors know their settings at first hand, so what is the secret of creating a convincing sense of place?
Illo for Review 23 May 2015
Illustration: Michael Kirkham at
Many years ago, while writing my first novel, I took a train to find the house where my fictional character lived. I brought with me a notebook, pen and camera and walked the streets from the station down to the sea, found a spot that felt right and took a great many photographs of quite staggering dullness. In retrospect, the expedition was probably little more than an exercise in procrastination. As with so many first novels, the central character was not unlike my teenage self, the house and town not dissimilar to where I had grown up, and the day might just as usefully have been spent looking at old photographs, or even writing. 
Still, it felt important to make the journey, find the address and trace the character’s route from that house to the pier so that I could place pins in a map and know “here’s the house, the takeaway, the pub, it all happened right here”, even if it hadn’t really happened at all. Little of that research found its way on to the page directly. Reading the novel now, through the gaps in my fingers, there is nothing you could call descriptive prose and the fictional address I attributed to the house, 16 Archer Street, sounds horribly made up. But if the expedition was a little foolish and pretentious, it still felt important to go, because wasn’t this what proper writers were meant to do?

Bryony Gordon: How to survive Hay Festival

As she prepares to travel to Hay-on-Wye, Bryony Gordon shares her dos and don'ts for those attending the annual literary festival

Hay Festival: travel tips from Telegraph writers
Tintern Abbey, immortalised in verse and paint by Wordsworth and Turner, is about an hour’s drive from Hay-on-Wye. Its ruins offer an opportunity to find solitude away from the bustle on the lawn at the festival itself  
Until I turned 30, my experiences of festivals had predominantly been... well, grubby if I am honest. I was just eight when I went to my first one - Reading, as it happens - having been dragged along by my trendy uncle and cousins under the belief I was going to see some pixies. Imagine my surprise when I realised that actually, I was going to see a band called The Pixies. I was wearing a pony sanctuary jumper and a Laura Ashley floral skirt and a naked woman with a dog tied to a stick took one look at me and pronounced: “what the **** are you doing here?” She had a point, however crudely she had decided to make it, and I realise now that she was probably on drugs, but it scarred me for life festival-wise. I’ve never really been a fan.

17 Unrepentantly Trashy Beach Reads for 2015

17 Unrepentantly Trashy Beach Reads for 2015

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According to the National Ocean Service, almost 40 percent of the American population lives in a county located directly on a shoreline. If you then imagine America as a giant sanitation vehicle, and if you also figure that most Americans can read, then you arrive at a simple conclusion: we are all, in one way or another, human literary trashcans destined for the beach. With this in mind, here is a selection of the most interesting literary trash of 2015 so… Read More

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Take the fear factor out of investing in property

Takes the fear factor out of investing in property, and shows that owning property doesn’t have to be a dream that only other people achieve.

Buy & Hold explains how the average person can achieve greater financial security through long-term property investment. Other books on the subject of property investment advise you to give up your regular work and move into property investment on a fulltime basis. The authors of Buy & Hold argue that it is actually more effective for your investments and financial goals if you continue with your existing career.

Alika and Rahul Rai have successfully followed this approach and have steadily achieved financial security while continuing to go about their everyday lives. They have renovated houses themselves and used tradespeople, employed property managers to manage their properties, bought in small towns and large cities – they know exactly what they would do again and what they wouldn’t. They have shared their experiences in this book because of their strong belief
that absolutely anyone can do the same thing.
ALIKA and RAHUL RAI are typical parents whose focus has been on raising great children, and their priority has been the family unit. They also have careers, and their pay cheques go towards growing real assets, which has brought them to a point of financial independence – from owning one property 15 years ago, they now have multiple properties in four countries. Their goal is to share their 15 plus years of experience and help others to achieve financial freedom, a strategy that is particularly relevant in these turbulent economic times as the ‘buy and hold’ system does not depend on the current market conditions.

They also have an effective strategy for sharing their wealth through perpetual philanthropy. The concept of this is that the eventual mortgage-free rents of some houses will go to charities in New Zealand and overseas.


ISBN: 9781927213179

Double launch in Wellington

 Join us to celebrate the combined launch of 
The Year of Falling (Mākaro Press) and
The Glass Rooster (AUP) by Janis Freegard.

5:30- 7 pm, Tuesday 16 June
9 Edward Street, Te Aro.
Bar tab for first drinks.

RSVP  by June 12 to Auckland University Press, 09-373-7528

Auckland University Press


Annual NZ Poetry Society competition closes soon.

The NZ Poetry Society's 2015 International Poetry Competition closes soon. Our thanks go to those who have sent in their entries early - we love having the leisure to read as we receive.

It's not too late to send in those fabulous poems and haiku. They need to reach us by 31st May.

Remember, for this year only there is an extra section. In commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli landings, we invite you to write poems on the theme of Gallipoli. Write 'Gallipoli' on the entry form against the title of any poems you intend for this section.

There will be a single prize of $100 for senior entries and $50 for the junior entry (17 years or younger).

All the details and entry forms are available on our website:  Despite what it says on the entry forms, you CAN email your entries, as long as you pay for them with PayPal. See the competition webpage for details.

A week to go - what are you waiting for?

Laurice Gilbert
Competition Secretary
New Zealand Poetry Society
Our mailing address is:
The New Zealand Poetry Society Inc.
PO Box 5283
Lambton Quay
Wellington, Wellington 6145
New Zealand

The Roundup with PW

Harlequin Launches Audio Imprint
Harlequin and HarperCollins Publishers announced the launch of Harlequin Audio, a new audio imprint for Harlequin titles. The first titles will go on sale June 30 and Harlequin plans to do 200 audiobooks annually. more »
Fitzgerald's Home on the Market: The Long Island home where F. Scott Fitzgerald is believed to have written 'The Great Gatsby' is for sale for $3.8 million.

Kim Kardashian Is Not Unstoppable: Laura Miller at 'Salon' on how to beat flawless T.V. celebs in the book sales game.

OCLC Lays Off 27: The worldwide library cooperative will lay off the employees at its Dublin operation in a move to readjust staffing “in line with future needs.”

Wiley Partners with Benetech: John Wiley & Sons will begin including alternative text in nearly all of its frontlist books, which will make its content accessible to users of all abilities. The company developed its alt text guidelines in consultation with Benetech’s Diagram Center.

James Meek Wins Orwell Prize: The novelist has won the Orwell prize for books for his exploration of the privatization of Britain, 'Private Island.'