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    A Kiwi blind spot: New Zealand's intolerant love for Hudson and Halls

    A Kiwi blind spot: New Zealand's intolerant love for Hudson and Halls


    In the 10 years before Homosexual Law Reform in 1986, New Zealand's most instantly recognisable personalities were two gay men, a real-life couple who bitched, fought, and drank all the way through an hour-long TV cooking...

    In the 10 years before Homosexual Law Reform in 1986, New Zealand's most instantly recognisable personalities were two gay men, a real-life couple who bitched, fought, and drank all the way through an hour-long TV cooking show.
    Wellington girl Maia Brown publishes first novel at 10 years old

    Wellington girl Maia Brown publishes first novel at 10 years old


     "A single scarlet pinprick of blood and the tiniest little tear hit the page, combining and mixing into each other, and distributing out like crawling veins of ink as they spread over the...

     "A single scarlet pinprick of blood and the tiniest little tear hit the page, combining and mixing into each other, and distributing out like crawling veins of ink as they spread over the parchment."
    The psychological secrets of suicide, and how to wait out dark nights of the soul

    The psychological secrets of suicide, and how to wait out dark nights of the soul


    American writer and research psychologist Jesse Bering was considering taking his own life before he was offered a job in New Zealand. Here, his desire to die has subsided, but the spectre of suicide still emits a "low hum" in his life. His new book...

    American writer and research psychologist Jesse Bering was considering taking his own life before he was offered a job in New Zealand. Here, his desire to die has subsided, but the spectre of suicide still emits a "low hum" in his life. His new book explores why people decide to kill themselves, born from a need to understand his own psyche, and prompt those on the edge to think twice before stepping off. Britt Mann learned more.
    The Heart of Jesus Valentino: a bereaved mother explains her family's impossible choice

    The Heart of Jesus Valentino: a bereaved mother explains her family's impossible choice


    Every year in New Zealand, around 700 babies are stillborn or die shortly after birth. In 2014, during a routine 12-week scan, Emma Gilkison's first baby was diagnosed with an extremely rare heart condition called ectopia cordis. At around 5 months, the...

    Every year in New Zealand, around 700 babies are stillborn or die shortly after birth. In 2014, during a routine 12-week scan, Emma Gilkison's first baby was diagnosed with an extremely rare heart condition called ectopia cordis. At around 5 months, the option of surgery was ruled out. Surprising many, Gilkison and her partner Roy decided to continue the pregnancy and cherish the brief time they would have with their son, knowing he would die soon after being born. In The Heart of Jesús Valentino, she describes this experience as one of the most profound of her life.

    "When did you give birth?" the squat midwife asked. She sounded impatient.
    Maurice Gee on his mother's thwarted writing career, his messy adolescence and how he met the love of his life

    Maurice Gee on his mother's thwarted writing career, his messy adolescence and how he met the love of his life


    Writer Maurice Gee went quiet about 10 years ago. There was a final novel, Access Road, in 2009, and another he abandoned after getting about 10,000 or 15,000 words into it, believing it had died on him. There was a last summit at the Auckland Writers...

    Writer Maurice Gee went quiet about 10 years ago. There was a final novel, Access Road, in 2009, and another he abandoned after getting about 10,000 or 15,000 words into it, believing it had died on him. There was a last summit at the Auckland Writers Festival in 2012, when he was joined onstage by friend and publisher Geoff Walker for an hour-long chat. It was the festival's closing event; there was a standing ovation. It all seemed very final. 
    Books of the week October 6, 2018

    Books of the week October 6, 2018


    Extract from Ko Taranaki Te Maunga, by Rachel Buchanan (Bridget Williams Books,...

    Extract from Ko Taranaki Te Maunga, by Rachel Buchanan (Bridget Williams Books, $14.99).
    Thames Steampunk novel published

    Thames Steampunk novel published


    Historic Grahamstown in Thames sets the scene for a Steampunk novel that's been nominated for an international...

    Historic Grahamstown in Thames sets the scene for a Steampunk novel that's been nominated for an international award.
    OMG! Why is everyone using so many exclamation marks!?

    OMG! Why is everyone using so many exclamation marks!?


    A couple of weeks ago my Gmail account suddenly updated itself. There were new fonts and colours, differently-shaped checkboxes and some other pointless changes, but also something quite...

    A couple of weeks ago my Gmail account suddenly updated itself. There were new fonts and colours, differently-shaped checkboxes and some other pointless changes, but also something quite creepy.
    In photos: Cosplay at Auckland's Overload comic convention

    In photos: Cosplay at Auckland's Overload comic convention


    Asian-inspired characters came to life in intricate costumes and beguiling makeup at Auckland's Overload comic convention, on...

    Asian-inspired characters came to life in intricate costumes and beguiling makeup at Auckland's Overload comic convention, on Saturday.