WORD Christchurch 2018: Spoilt for choice – Roberta’s Picks

It's the first law of any truly great literary festival that you'll almost certainly wish you could be in two places at once. That's because just about everything you really want to see (or do) will probably be on the same day (quite often at exactly the same time) and in completely different venues. And WORD Christchurch 2018…
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The world of WORD: Dan’s picks of the 2018 festival

WORD Christchurch is back for 2018 and the programme is full of quality experiences of the written word! Once again there's everything from poetry sessions, confessional sessions, author and book-related panels, and even a whale-watching tour to beautiful Kaikōura! But for me, the biggest excitement surrounds the sheer diversity of options available to us, the…
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Reading many lives

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, the man who never reads lives only one. #WorldBookDay — George RR Martin (@GeorgeRRMartin_) April 23, 2015 With regards to the quote above, if one were of a sardonic frame of mind one might point out that at the rate at which Game of Thrones author…
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“Lymond is back!”

I come bearing glad tidings, for the Lymond Chronicles have finally been republished and the library now has a complete set available to borrow. This means I can finally recommend them with a clear conscience, starting with The Game of Kings -- first in a series featuring the sneaky and erudite 15th century Scottish Francis…
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Brighten up your life

Tomorrow, 21 June, is the winter solstice. The shortest day. The point at which the southern hemisphere of our little blue planet, with its jaunty, tilted axis, reaches "peak gloom". The weather will continue to grow colder from this point*, hardening into winter, but the days themselves and potential daylight hours will increase. And not…
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Parents, romance, and friendship drama: New contemporary teen fiction

Three romance-driven YA novels from different (American) perspectives, all recently published: American Panda Germaphobe Mei is a liar -- lying about dropping dance, lying about being in contact with her disowned brother, and lying about dating someone who is Japanese. But most of all she's lying about intending to become a doctor. As her secrets…
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