Promoting New Zealand Book Month

With New Zealand Book Month coming up next month, I’m dedicating my time to promoting it as much as I can. The theme is Books Change Lives. In searching for interesting snippets of information I came across this article in the Reading is Bliss blog that reinforces the theme by asking ‘Does Reading make you Smarter?’ Karen, in turn, is referring …

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New Zealand authors and book month

Trying to choose favourite authors or books is sometimes more fraught than expected. These days options are so multitudinous and multifarious has it become easier to choose genres rather than authors? Or do authors, promoted and lauded by the press, become the name to follow – for this week anyway? Whilst most of us (I hope) could list the likes …

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More New Zealand authors

I’m not sure where the last ten days have disappeared. Somewhere along the lines someone pulled the plug and drained the battery and then emptied the brain cells leaving me dispossessed. My excuse is a short 24-hour stint in hospital for minor surgery but ever since I’ve been like a river in drought – going nowhere and bogged down. I …

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New Zealand books and authors

I unashamedly admit to being a New Zealand book advocate – novels, in particular. I honestly believe that not enough credence is given to New Zealand authors and our stories in general. Sure, there are many well-known and successful New Zealand novelists. I have read them (many of them, anyway. I would like to say all, but someone is bound …

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History, books and family

Genealogy is a fascinating subject. I know there are many who roll their eyes at the thought of listening to someone rabbiting on about their family tree, but it’s not so much the tree that is fascinating, it’s the people one finds, the stories about their lives and the secrets that are hidden in the pages of history that can …

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