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A life more ordinary

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A life more ordinary
Tired? Stressed? Unhappy and pressed for time? Well broadcaster Wallace Chapman has some words of advice for you, writes Greg Dixon

The buddha of suburbia opens his door, shakes my hand and offers tea.

"How do you like it," he booms as he warms the pot.

"As it comes," I bellow back.

When we're seated in the lounge of the Waterview

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Libraries lend a hand to youth

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Libraries lend a hand to youth
Far from becoming irrelevant in the digital age, libraries are adapting to become more like youth clubs, finds Danielle Wright

Fifty years ago, youth clubs hosted groups of young people, keeping them off the streets and developing their interests. Back then, the library was a quiet place for reading and research.

Today, libraries are filling

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Binding commitment

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Binding commitment
Danielle Wright finds a busy kids' book club in Mangere Bridge that's about a lot more than reading and writing

On a wet Friday afternoon, we head to Mangere Bridge library for its monthly children's book club. We're surprised to see a packed library with around 25 eager bookworms aged between 5 and 12 already seated around the feet of librarian

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Writers Festival: For whom the bell tolls

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Writers Festival: For whom the bell tolls
She’s best-known for her detective novels but British author Kate Atkinson’s latest work is a change of direction, writes Linda Herrick

We're exactly 15 minutes into our interview when Kate Atkinson's voice, on the phone from Edinburgh, is drowned out by BONG BONG BONG. Good lord: does she live next to a church? "No, that's my mantel clock," she

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Writers Festival: A sanctuary of magic

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Writers Festival: A sanctuary of magic
Carlos Ruiz Zafon tells Stephen Jewell why he likes visiting bookstores and supermarkets

Most book fans would love to explore the vast collection of lost and obscure titles in the mythical library introduced in Carlos Ruiz Zafon's breakthrough book, The Shadow Of The Wind. However, the Barcelona-born author hopes to check out more everyday literary

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