Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending November 2

Only 53 shopping days till Xmas! Get in early and peruse the week’s bestt-selling books at the Unity stores in Willis St, Wellington, and High St, Auckland.

Jesse Mulligan to Jamie Oliver: you suck

Jesse Mulligan reviews the new cookbook by Jamie Oliver. His calm and measured verdict: It stinks.

When will New Zealand fiction get over itself?

An essay by novelist Kirsty Gunn, who claims New Zealand fiction remains besotted with dreary issues of national identity.

On being sectioned on Friday the 13th

A personal essay by Paula Harris: "I was admitted, under the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992, to the secure unit of the psychiatric ward just after noon on Friday the..."

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The Friday Poem: ‘A new song of allegiance’ by Murray Edmond

New verse by Auckland writer Murray Edmond.

Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending October 26

Only 60 shopping days till Xmas! Get in early and peruse the week’s biggest-selling books at the Unity stores in High St, Auckland, and Willis St, Wellington.

Papercuts: A spooky pile of recommendations

Welcome back to Papercuts, our monthly books podcast hosted by Louisa Kasza, Jenna Todd and Kiran Dass.

Threesomes (and foursomes) in Titirangi: Fleur Adcock reviews a biography of Maurice Shadbolt

Fleur Adcock reviews Philip Temple's vividly presented biography of the great Titirangi author Maurice Shadbolt - and sets the record straight about a phone message that provoked his wife to throw a chicken at him.

Feminism for men and women: Alex Casey on the furious, phenomenal Clementine Ford

'I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more succinct summary of the way that sexual violence lives in the air that we breathe.'

A portrait of Wellington’s literati, minus the art

Charlotte Grimshaw endures a novel full of 'knowing and coy references to real people' in New Zealand literature.

The Friday Poem: ‘1’ by Courtney Sina Meredith

New verse by Auckland writer Courtney Sina Meredith.

Unity Books best-seller chart for the week ending October 19

Only 67 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: ‘Karori Confidential’ by Leah McFall

The always hilarious and brilliant Leah McFall, who releases her new book of selected columns this week, pays her respects to five of the most hilarious and brilliant women writers of all time - Jane Austen, Nancy Mitford, Sue Townsend, Erma Bombeck, and Nora Ephron.

Roses are red, violets are fucken blue: Poetry Slam is coming to a stage near you

Slam poetry! It's raw, it's rough, and it's also a wildly popular live entertainment, writes Ben Fagan, who is masterminding slam events across the country this month.

Salmon on pikelets, and $60,000 in loot: the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards

Three writers pocketed $60,000 last night at the Prime Minister's Awards for Literary Achievement. Spinoff Review of Books literary editor Steve Braunias was there, apparently.

The Monday Excerpt: Maurice Gee on the boy who played rapist

Maurice Gee - recently named the author of the best New Zealand book of the past 50 years - writes a memoir of the boy who had a dark, terrifying idea for a game.