Making literary fiction exciting: Michel Faber – Auckland Writers Festival 2016

Michel Faber's novels defy easy categorisation. He has written in genres as varied as historical fiction (his novel The crimson petal and the white, is set in Victorian London), horror, and science fiction. Born in the Netherlands, Faber's family moved to Australia when he was 7 years old, and he describes himself as something of…
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Science Snippets – Hidden Gems

Each week during term time (except the first and last week) the team from Science Alive bring their Science Snippets sessions into our libraries. Excellent Science Alive educators lead children through interactive activities to stimulate their interest in science, and there is something to take home every week! There is a different theme for each…
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The Battle for Crete

This May sees another 75th anniversary from the Second World War with great significance for New Zealand. From 20 May to 1 June 1941 Allied Forces, including the 2nd New Zealand Division, took part in the ultimately unsuccessful but fiercely fought battle for Crete. That April the Germans had invaded Yugoslavia and Greece and as they had quickly occupied…
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“Wear only one interesting piece of clothing at a time”

Supported by the strength of a cult following of dedicated, fashion‐forward young men around the globe, designer Mark McNairy has risen from an under‐the‐radar favorite to a driving force in contemporary American style Mark McNairy's book F**K Ivy has hit the library shelves. (As the title might indicate the book is not for those of…
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UFOs of the crafty kind

UFOs. How they do vex me! Don't worry, I'm not one of those "I want to believe" people who sit around with tinfoil hats on their heads. I'm talking about crafting UFOs. Un-Finished Objects. You know, those projects you start with a hiss and a roar and all sorts of good intentions, but just never seem to get finished…
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W is for Wild

For an urban dweller whose forays into the natural world are, more often than not, limited to irregular visits to the beach, walks in the park and working in my demanding garden, Helen Macdonald's memoir H Is for Hawk was a revelation. A taste of the wild, like a cold keen wind from a far…
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Three sides to every story

They always say there are two sides to a story, but in this case there are three. In 1987 Betty Mahmoody published her famous bestseller Not Without My Daughter, the story of her life as a prisoner of a violent man and an alien culture and her subsequent escape. Recently her daughter has published her…
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