Word up – 2018 in books

I've set myself a project this year - document my life in books. What I get out of the library, the books that actually got read, second hand or new books bought, etcetera. In true blog style, I'll add new stuff at the top, and there's a matching booklist. So here goes: January Hmm, I…
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Podcast – Collaborative urban living

Christchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Kōrerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton. In this episode Sally is joined by Jason Twill (UTS: University of Technology Sydney),  Greer O'Donnell (Ohu) and Jane Quigley (Viva Project Ōtautahi Christchurch NZ) who discuss ideas and opportunities for…
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Cool stuff from the selectors: Wunderkammer and Generation Wealth

Generation Wealth Lauren Greenfield began photographing in the early 1990s, capturing an era of conspicuous consumption. She was also there to document this rarefied world as it all cam tumbling down in the financial crash of 2008.  This is a hefty tome filled with brilliant photos and candid stories of wealth and decline. Lauren Greenfield…
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A novella idea…

Well the new year is underway and it's another year of excellent reading ahead! But if you're struggling to get back into the rhythm of reading, or if the idea of a thick tome after weeks of recreation has you daunted, then I've got an idea for you; why not try a novella or two!? A…
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Fiction A to Z newsletter

Take a walk through the aisles of our general fiction section with our Fiction A to Z newsletter and discover reads to engage and enlighten. This month's newsletter includes:   Subscribe to receive this newsletter directly in your inbox every month, or read it online. For more great reads, check out our Literary Prizes page and…
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Thrillers and Suspense newsletter

Our latest Thrillers and Suspense newsletter includes the following titles: Subscribe to our newsletters and get our latest titles and best picks straight in your inbox. For more great crime and thriller reads, check out our lists of winners of the Crime Writers’ Association Awards, of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel, and of the Ngaio…
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