Roverandom: J. R. R. Tolkien

I thought I'd read all of Tolkien's works. I even have the Children of Hurin. Then I discovered this little gem. Roverandom Written for children, Roverandom is the story of a naughty little dog and a grumpy old wizard. When the Wizard takes his ball, Roverandom bites him on the bottom and... ...Roverandom is magicked…
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Haere ra, John (and Fred)

Yet another Kiwi icon passes. But his legend will live on. John Clarke is someone many of us remember. For me it was as Fred Dagg, singing the immortal song "If it weren't for your gumboots" played on National Radio storytime. For others it was his incredible skits on farming life and economics. In later life…
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Local author Jane Seaford: The Insides of Banana Skins

I've read a few authors on counter culture: Jack Kerouac, James Baldwin, W.S. Burroughs, Irvine Welsh but The Insides of Banana Skins is more like Marianne Faithfull's account of life on the wall ... Jane Seaford (Lyttelton, Dead is Dead and other stories) tells a story of a group of young naive women and men who live together, exploring the freedom of late 1960s…
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Lucy Dillon – All I Ever Wanted

Caitlin and Eva have something and nothing in common. They've both lost their husbands. While Eva is the poised, business-like widow of a celebrity actor, Caitlin is a free spirit who dropped out of university to have a child, and is seperated from Eva's brother, Patrick. All I Ever Wanted When Patrick volunteers Eva's pristine, designer house for fortnightly visits between…
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The Beano Annual 2017

Did you read comics when you were young? I'm English and grew up on this one. If you enjoyed The Beano in your younger years, or are young now, you'll get a laugh out of this annual. Many of the classic characters are still there - such as Dennis the Menace (and his dog Gnasher)…
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Salman Rushdie: Storytelling as Scheherazade

I love reading Salman Rushdie. He weaves the most colourful and beautiful stories, with a little magic shining through like gold threads. Transporting the reader to different cultures, countries and times, his stories often address current issues through the medium of fantasy. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights Two Years Eight Months & Twenty Eight Nights…
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