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Books and Beyond: Joanne Drayton

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Karen chats with Joanne Drayton about Hudson & Halls: the food of love, her new book about two television chefs who helped change the bedrock bad attitudes of a nation in the 1970s and 80s to that unspoken thing – homosexuality. They were also captains of a culinary revolution that saw the overthrow of Aunt Daisy and Betty Crocker and the beginnings of Pacific-rich, Asian-styled international cuisine.

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Joanne Drayton is also the author of the New York Times bestseller, The search for Anne Perry, about the bestselling crime novelist who left behind another identity - that of Juliet Hulme of 'Heavenly Creatures' fame - as well as a number of critically-acclaimed biographies.

Auckland Libraries' radio show Books and Beyond explores the world of books with guest authors, recommended reads, gems from the Central City Library basement and… beyond.

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Books and Beyond: Mike Lee

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Mike Lee wears his scholar and author’s hat as he talks with Karen about his new book Navigators and naturalists: French exploration of New Zealand and the South Seas (1769-1824), which weaves together geography, natural philosophy and human history, in telling the story of the great French naturalist-voyagers.

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Auckland Libraries' radio show Books and Beyond explores the world of books with guest authors, recommended reads, gems from the Central City Library basement and… beyond.

Catch us on Planet FM104.6, Sundays at 9.35pm. Recent shows can be listened to as podcasts via the Planet FM website.

Books and Beyond: 50th anniversary

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Karen and Louisa celebrate the 50th anniversary of Books & Beyond with a stroll through past shows, bloopers, and the ones that got away, plus a dip into the Auckland Libraries Top 100 and Great Summer Read.

Listen to this week's episode on the Planet FM website and read on for the books and authors mentioned in the show.
Books mentioned in the showBody parts: essays on life-writing by Hermione LeeGalileo’s middle finger: heretics, activists, and the search for justice in science by Alice DregerWinter eyes by Harry RickettsMurray’s Handbook for Scotland (1894) The trauma cleaner: one woman’s extraordinary life in death, decay and disaster by Sarah KrasnosteinThe Pacific: in the wake of Captain Cook with Sam NeillNavigators & naturalists: French exploration of New Zealand and the Pacific (1769-1824) by Michale Lee  Authors mentioned in the showJojo MoyesLiane MoriartyNicky PellegrinoCatherine Robertson Auckland Libraries' radio show Books and Beyond explores the world …

Books and Beyond: Peter Millett

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This week on Books and Beyond Louisa chats to Peter Millett, author of over 50 children’s picture and fiction books. Peter introduces his new book More Classic Rhymes for Kiwi Kids, and the latest in his superhero Johnny Danger DIY Spy series, which we find out is as popular in the UK than home in Aotearoa NZ. 

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Books by Peter Millett:The ANZAC biscuit man and other classic kiwi tales.Jean Battenby Peter and Ruth Millett. The ANZAC puppy.The kiwi go marching one by one, sung by Jay Laga'aia with lyrics by Ngaere Roberts.Johnny Danger: lie another day, as part of The Johnny Danger series.The petrifying plot of the plummeting pants, as part of The Boy Zero series.
Auckland Libraries' radio show Books and Beyond explores the world of books with guest authors, recommended reads, gems from the Central City Library basement and… beyond.
Catch us on Planet FM104.6, Sundays at 9.35p…

Books and Beyond: Deborah Shepard

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On Books and Beyond this week, Karen chats with author, oral historian and biographer, Deborah Shepard, about her new book The writing life, one of our picks for the 'Life and times' category of this year’s Auckland Libraries Top 100.

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The writing life comprises a series of curated conversations in which twelve of New Zealand’s most acclaimed and admired writers speak candidly about their lives and their work.
They are:Joy CowleyMarilyn DuckworthTessa DuderChris ElsePatricia GraceDavid HillWiti IhimaeraFiona KidmanOwen MarshallVincent O’SullivanPhilip TempleAlbert Wendt
Auckland Libraries' radio show Books and Beyond explores the world of books with guest authors, recommended reads, gems from the Central City Library basement and… beyond. 
Catch us on Planet FM104.6, Sundays at 9.35pm. Recent shows can be listened to as podcasts via the Planet FM website.

Books and Beyond: The Great Summer Read 2018

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The Great Summer Read He Pānuitanga Raumati is centre stage this week on Books & Beyond, as Karen and Louisa shared what they might be reading for their favourite challenges.

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Vanity Fair by William Makepeace ThackerayThe remains of the day by Kazuo IshiguroThe prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel SparkLean in by Sheryl SandbergBecoming by Michelle ObamaRosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead by Tom StoppardNightwork by Jachym TopolBlack Beauty by Anna SewellPinocchio by Carlo CollodiWatership down by Richard AdamsWinter eyes by Harry RickettsBonsai: best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand edited by Michelle Elvy, Frankie McMillan and James NorcliffeAuckland Libraries' radio show Books and Beyond explores the world of books with guest authors, recommended reads, gems from the Central City Library basement and… beyond. 
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Books and Beyond: Kirsten Warner

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Poet, writer and journalist, Kirsten Warner, talks with Karen about her debut novel The sound of breaking glass, a tour de force set in Auckland in the 1990s which invites us to contemplate how many ways of shattering or being shattered one person’s story can contain.

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The sound of breaking glass has just made the Auckland Libraries Top 100 of 2018 in the New Voices category.

Auckland Libraries' radio show Books and Beyond explores the world of books with guest authors, recommended reads, gems from the Central City Library basement and… beyond. 

Catch us on Planet FM104.6, Sundays at 9.35pm. Recent shows can be listened to as podcasts via the Planet FM website.

Books and Beyond: Anne Kennedy

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Prize-winning poet and novelist, Anne Kennedy, chats with Karen about her new novel The ice shelf, a wicked and hilarious satire on life and literati as experienced in the course of a wild night in Wellington by a modern-day Moll Flanders.

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Anne's books: The ice shelf The last days of the national costumeThe darling North The time of the giantsSing-songAuckland Libraries' radio show Books and Beyond explores the world of books with guest authors, recommended reads, gems from the Central City Library basement and… beyond. 

Catch us on Planet FM104.6, Sundays at 9.35pm. Recent shows can be listened to as podcasts via the Planet FM website.

Books and Beyond: Lorraine Thomson

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This week on Books and Beyond, Louisa talks to Lorraine Thomson about walking the 800km Camino de Santiago across northern Spain from France.

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Lorraine's book:The French way: trekking the 40-day El Camino de Santiago by Lorraine ThomsonOther books about the Camino de Santiago: Camino de Santiago by Andy SymingtonPilgrim's Guide to the Camino de Santiago (Camino Frances) by John BrierleyOn the Camino by Jason Jason (graphic novel)The Lore of the Camino de Santiago: a literary pilgrimage by Jean Mitchell-LanthamThe way, my way: a Camino memoir by Bill BennettI'll push you: a journey of 500 miles, two best friends, and one wheelchair by Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck Kiwi authors who have written about the Camino de Santiago:Kiwi on the Camino: a walk that changed my life by Vivianne FlintoffExciting Eighties: a time of high expectations by Esther PaddonA movie about the Camino …

Books and Beyond: Surprising literary prizes

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The 2018 winner of the Diagram Prize for Oddest Title is being chosen this week by public vote! Karen and Louisa tell you all about it while recalling some other offbeat literary awards, such as the Weird-Ass Picture Book prize and the Three Tokes Anti-award.
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Diagram Prize historic winners and shortlisted candidates:Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on nude miceThe 2009-2014 world outlook for 60 milligram containers of fromageHow to avoid huge shipsGreek rural postmen and their cancellation numbersCooking with Poo The mushroom in Christian art Mr Ando’s Pennine diary: memoirs of a Japanese chicken sexer in 1935 Hebden Bridge The Great Singapore Penis Panic and the future of American mass hysteria Estonian sock patterns all around the world Advanced pavement researchDivorcing a real witch: for pagans and people that used to love themDiagram Prize 2018 short list: Are gay men mo…

Books and Beyond: Take a walk!

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Inspired by this month's Auckland Walk Challenge, Karen and Louisa recommend good reads for pedestrians and ramblers, whether they are walking for protest, pilgrimage, therapy or exercise.

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Books mentioned in the showWalking historic Auckland by David PalmerThe bottom of the harbour by Joseph MitchellWanderlust by Rebecca SolnitA philosophy of walking by Frédéric Gros100 days: walking Te Araroa by G.J. CoopThe pants of perspective by Anna McNuffTe Araroa: walking New Zealand's 3000 kilometre trail, photography by Mark WatsonWalking in ruins by Geoff NicholsonThe alchemist by Paolo CoelhoThe Rings of Saturn by WG Sebald Auckland Libraries' radio show Books and Beyond explores the world of books with guest authors, recommended reads, gems from the Central City Library basement and… beyond. 
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Books and Beyond: Halloween

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Karen and Louisa celebrate Halloween with some tricks from Karen, aka horrific reading recommendations, and a treat from Louisa, a spooky and sinister Roald Dahl story for your listening enjoyment.

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Books, authors and a website recommended by Karen: BooksThe Odyssey by HomerHansel and Gretel in Grimm’s Fairy TalesThe complete fiction of HP LovecraftAgainst the world, against life, a biography of HP Lovecraft by Michel Houellebecq The cask of Amontillado and The pit and the pendulum in The complete tales and poems of Edgar Allan PoeThe Haunting of Hill House and The lottery and other stories by Shirley JacksonDon’t look now in Don't look now and other stories by Daphne du MaurierAuthorsStephen King Edward GoreyJoe HillWebsiteMake sure you visit www.creepypasta.com. Please note this website is not recommended for children due to its terrifying nature. Louisa’s read:The Landlady fro…

Books and Beyond: Labour day 2018

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Karen and Louisa celebrate Labour Weekend with books about labour and labouring, from ancient Rome to the Victorian mills of Dickens’s Hard Times, even a thriller set during Auckland’s waterfront dispute, Jonothan Cullinane’s Red Herring.

Listen to this week's episode of Books and Beyond on PlanetFM's website, and read on for the books mentioned in the show.

Books mentioned in the show:Samuel Duncan Parnell - a legacy: the 8 hour day, Labour Day and time off by Paul CorlissNorth and South by Mrs Gaskell  David Copperfield by Charles DickensHard Times by Charles DickensOrgy planner wanted: odd jobs and curious callings in the ancient world by Vicki LeónScrew work, break free: how to launch your own money-making idea in 30 days by John WilliamsWould you believe - bed testers get paid to sleep: and other jammy jobs by Richard PlattCareers for introverts & other solitary types by Blythe CamensonCareers for perfectionists & other meticulous types by Blythe CamensonRed Herring

Books and Beyond: Mental Health Awareness

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For Mental Health Awareness Week, Karen and Louisa recommend good reads which speak to the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand's five ways to wellbeing: Connect, Give, Take notice, Keep learning and Be active.

Listen to this week's episode of Books and Beyond on PlanetFM's website, and read on for the books mentioned in the show.


Books recommended by the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand Beloved by Emma FarryVitamin N: the essential guide to a nature-rich life by Richard LouvThe nature fix: why nature makes us happier, healthier and more creative by Florence WilliamsThe art of mindful birdwatching: reflections on freedom & being by C ThompsonHow to raise a wild child: the art and science of falling in love with nature by Scott D. SampsonTe Taiao Māori and the natural world by Te Ara Encyclopedia of New ZealandBlue mind: the surprising science that shows how being near, in on, or under water can make you happier, healthier, more connected, and better at what yo…

Books and Beyond: Life stories

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Whose life stories are the most requested at Auckland Libraries right now? Steven Adams and Princess Margaret! 

This week on Books and Beyond, Louisa and Karen talk about one of our most popular genres: the biography.

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Steven Adams: my life, my fight by Steven Adams and Madeleine Chapman Body parts: essays on life-writing by Hermione LeeOrwell's nose: a pathological biography by John Sutherland Christopher Walken A to Z: the man, the movies, the legend by Robert Schnakenberg Cleopatra: a life by Stacy SchiffVincent and Theo: the Van Gogh brothers by Deborah HeiligmanDaphne du Maurier by Margaret Forster Take six girls: the lives of the Mitford sisters by Laura Thompson The Sun King: Louis XIV at Versailles by Nancy MitfordMa'am darling: 99 glimpses of Princess Margaret by Craig BrownGraham Henry: final word by Bob Howitt Auckland Libraries' radio show Books and Beyond explores the world of books…

Books and Beyond: Books for animal lovers

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This week on Books and Beyond, Karen and Louisa look at books celebrating the human-animal bond.

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Novelty cat booksOut next year! The costume-loving cat of writer Paul Koudounaris has secured herself a book deal, as reported in Viva magazineTexts from Mittens: a cat who has an unlimited data plan... and isn't afraid to use it by Angie Bailey
Animal mysteries, a subgenre of Cozy Crime:Hounding the pavement by Judi McCoyMission impawsible by Krista DavisMurder most howl by Krista DavisThe more the terrier by Linda O. JohnstonNot a creature was purring by Krista DavisThree books about beloved dogs:Finding Gobi: the true story of a little dog and an incredible journey by Dion Leonard with Craig Borlase  Flush, a biography by Virginia Woolf  Afterglow: a dog memoir by Eileen Myles   Treasure from the basement:My family and other animals by Gerald Durrell  A book about beloved otters:Ring of bright water by Ga…

Books and Beyond: Banned books week

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Banned Books Week is now in its 36th year, still championing and defending the freedom to read.

The spotlight's on banned, sequestered and burned books through history (including two from Aotearoa), as Karen and Louisa celebrate the freedom to read, and conclude that books always outlast their bans!

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Karen and Louisa presented the American Library Association’s list of the top ten most challenged books in 2017.Nine banned books which feature on the Auckland Libraries poster for Banned Books Week: Candide by VoltaireThe divine comedy by DanteUlysses by James JoyceGhosts by Henrik IbsenGargantua and Pantagruel, 1553 by Francois RabelaisLife and Fate by Vasily GrossmanLolita, 1955 by Vladimir NabokovAll Quiet on the Western Front, 1928 by Erich Maria RemarqueOther books discussed:Into the River by Ted DaweThe beginner's guide to living by Lia HillsSafe Marriage by the New Zealan…