First-time crime novelist Dinah Holman is already making waves both here in New Zealand and internationally. Not only was her novel A History of Crime earlier longlisted for the NZ Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel 2015, but she has just been selected as a finalist in the National Indie Excellence® Awards (NIEA), based in the USA.
‘I am delighted to be a finalist in the NIE Awards,’ says Dinah Holman. ‘My novel is one of six finalists in the thriller category for 2015.‘
Bored with his normal life, John Carroll runs away with his faithful cat in search of adventure. When he meets a real-life pirate, John realizes there is much more to the world than he’d ever thought possible – magic is real, and in desperate need of a hero.
John must convince the (once fearsome) Captain Simon Peabody to join him on a fantastic and perilous quest to find the only person who can save magic from being lost forever: the Caretaker of Imagination.
The Baker Boys is the account of a Suffolk family and two of its sons – one from England and the other from New Zealand. One would experience the plight of those at Gallipoli, Egypt and in Palestine, while the other would have his destiny played out on the Western Front in France.
Twenty-first-century book reviewing is a strange beast. The advent of the internet has brought with it an ease of self-publishing; an assumption that digital content should be free; the shrinkage of paid column inches; the ability to instantly comment and share; and a swing away from formal literary criticism and towards reviews as customer feedback (a la Amazon). As readers, we are still generating and consuming book reviews by the truckload (check out Goodreads). But where does professional book reviewing fit within our Kiwi media culture?
In the fraught world of selling actual books in actual shops, it’s nice to know that right now, all over the planet, highly intelligent people are on your side. And they’re out there coming up with clever ways to get punters to realise that it’s way cooler to stroll down to your local bookshop than surf the internet with your credit card.
Here are some ideas from around the world that direct global consciousness towards the wonders of the humble bookshop.