Kids’ Books newsletter

Whether you're looking for something educational, creative or fantastical, our latest Kids' Books newsletter has titles that will excite young minds and foster a love of reading. Be first in the know: subscribe to receive the newsletter directly in your inbox. Included in this month's newsletter are: For more great reads for kids, check out our Kids' […]

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Historical Fiction Newsletter

Tales from ancient times or more recent history - read about the latest historical fiction titles in our monthly newsletter. This month's newsletter includes -   Subscribe to our newsletters and get our latest titles and top picks straight from your inbox.

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The winners of the My Very Own Hungry Caterpillar colouring-in competition

We're happy to announce the winners of the My Very Own Hungry Caterpillar (for ages 0 to 12 years) competition. It was a difficult task to judge, as the entries were outstanding. WINNERS These prizewinners get family passes to The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at the beautiful Isaac Theatre Royal. HIGHLY COMMENDED Congratulations to our two Highly […]

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Remembering our most colourful author: Margaret Mahy

23 July marks the 5th anniversary of the passing of one of Christchurch's most famous locals, Margaret Mahy. One of New Zealand's most prolific writers for children and young adults, Margaret's writing has touched lives over many generations. Her stories and poems are full of magic and fun with a moral tale in the weaving. Many of her […]

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Lost Austens; or, Beyond Pride and Prejudice

No, I'm not talking about Pride and Prejudice and Kittens. Jane Austen's novels are justifiably well known, but her shorter works are equally amusing. If you've seen the film Love and Friendship then you may be aware that it's based on a short epistolary novel entitled Lady Susan. I highly recommend seeking it out. It's […]

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“Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery”

It is a truth universally acknowledged that most articles celebrating the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen this year will begin their tribute by incorporating this celebrated opening sentence from 'Pride and Prejudice'. And, what better way to start a conversation about Jane Austen? These are the words which introduced many readers to her world - an ideal world where […]

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Fantasy and Science Fiction newsletter

Find out about new fantasy and science fiction titles, with some topical picks by our selectors in our Fantasy and Science Fiction newsletter. The latest newsletter includes:   Subscribe to receive this newsletter directly in your inbox every month, or read it online. Check out the Nebula award winners. We list past winners for these and other […]

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