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Issue 178 was the last print edition of our members' quarterly, Booknotes. We moved Booknotes online in 2013 to be part of a new and bigger editorial effort at the Book Council. Our new online magazine hub, Booknotes Unbound, is free for all readers to access, and we are no longer distributing the printed Booknotes to members. For more information about this change and what it means for Book Council membership, click here.

The new, abundantly-filled Booknotes Unbound online magazine hub was launched in October 2013, alongside a completely revamped Book Council e-newsletter.

booknotes issue 177:

In this issue

  • The adventures of Albert Wendt: Robert Sullivan takes a unique look at the enormous influence his friend and mentor has had on Oceanic literature. Read it here.
  • Peter Wells debates the importance of fiction vs non-fiction. Read it here.
  • Alice Miller explores Antarctica and its alien grip on the imagination
  • An extract from Andrew Burdan’s affecting graphic novel ‘Victory at Point 209’

booknotes issue 176:

Booknotes 176 Winter 2012 is available free online now

  • Lawrence Pratchett
  • Rachael King
  • Greg O'Brien
  • Chad Taylor
  • Jonathan King
  • David Veart

The Borderlands

Rachel O’Neill asks what it is about frontiers that has attracted Lawrence Patchett and other New Zealand writers


Helen Heath rediscovers the awe in science and science literature

A Kiwi's Crush on Cookbooks

What is it with New Zealanders and cookbooks? David Veart lifts the lid on our culinary history

Graphic Fiction

An extract from ‘City Lights’, written by Chad Taylor, drawn by Jonathon King

My Space

Rachael King's Christchurch writing room

Old New World, Real Time:

Greg O’Brien explores the evolution of rural New Zealand with Mary Macpherson

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