Donna – Staff Pickles

Kia ora. I am the Kaiwhakaraupapa Hōtaka [Editor] of the Digital Library Web Team. I like all shades of books - chunky literary novels (oh hai The Luminaries, IQ84 and The Goldfinch), biographies, comics, and slim tomes about history. Am particularly interested in art, fashion, history, and radioactivity.

Last year, I kept a record of my life in books Word up - 2018 in books and it showed what I got out of the library, the books that actually got read, second hand or new books bought, etcetera.

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Here is my selection of the best New Zealand book covers of 2018.



Spotify's Discover Weekly, 8K online radio, RDU98.5FM and National Radio. Listening - and occasionally watching - John Campbell on Checkpoint RNZ. Mediawatch is a must listen, and often listen to Kim Hill on Saturday and Wallace Chapman on Sunday.


TV and movies: Excalibur, Sapphire and Steel, Curb your Enthusiasm
Art and music: Nick Cave, Belle and Sebastian, the Pre-Raphaelites, Vivienne Westwood
Writers and poets: Dan Rhodes, Magnus Mills, Sylvia Smith, John Donne

Cover of Desperate Romantics Cover of Anthropology Cover of The Maintenance of Headway

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