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Kirsty Wark: From fact to fiction

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BBC journalist Kirsty Wark tells Stephen Jewell about her debut novel, and how it feels being the subject of the critics for a change.
Writer Kirsty Wark.Writer Kirsty Wark.

As a long-time host of the BBC's Newsnight Review, Kirsty Wark has cast her critical gaze on the work of many authors, film-makers and other artists. Now, after the release of her debut novel, The

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Women's Bookshop: Just loving what they do

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When Carole Beu opened the Women’s Bookshop 25 years ago, she didn’t realise she would be creating something much bigger than a retail space, writes Linda Herrick.
Women's Bookshop: Just loving what they doFrom left, Tanya Gribben, Patricia Kay, Carole Beu and Mary-Liz Corbett at the Women's Bookshop in Ponsonby. Photo / Richard Robinson

It's a Friday morning and Women's Bookshop owner

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Gift for George delights author

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Children's book on how New Zealanders liberated French town chosen as memento.
Glyn Harper.Glyn Harper.

A Massey University author was surprised to hear Prince George would be getting his book as a memento when his parents visit Cambridge next weekend.

Professor Glyn Harper's children's book Le Quesnoy: The story of the town New Zealand saved will be presented

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Light-speed trading leaves regulators behind

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We have a quaint image of share trading as comprising a group of young men with slicked-back hair, brightly coloured blazers and shiny shoes all shouting at each other in pits at stock exchanges around the world. But those days are long gone.

Why? Because it was inefficient and too slow. No person could replicate the speed of a

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Book review: Idiopathy

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Writer Sam Byers.Writer Sam Byers.

Many contemporary male novelists, particularly comic ones, are incapable of depicting an unsympathetic female character. Perhaps afraid of being thought sexist, they load all the vices on to the guys, making them shallow, selfish, mean, emotionally stunted, etc, while the women are angels of sweet reason.

Sam Byers isn't going down

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