FaceTV Book Show presented by Carole with Graham Beattie is now showing on Sky83 Wednesday at 8.30pm and Thursday at 12.30pm. Or follow the link from our menu bar above to view a recording of each episode. The first show featured Witi Ihimaeara and Annabel Langbein with a review from Carole of Ali Smith's Man Booker shortlisted novel "How to be both". Watch the whole program here



Ladies' Litera-Tea, Sunday 2 November, 1pm - 5.30pm


Yes, it's spring and time to think about our annual gathering of wonderful New Zealand women writers, listening to their words and enjoying our famous afternoon tea.

Come and meet: Tina Makereti, Vasanti Unka, Sachie Nomura

Hinemoana Baker, Elsbeth Sandys, Charlotte Randall

Laurence Fearnley, Julie Le Clerc, Paddy Richardson

Anna Jackson, Anne Else and Eleanor Catton



Jill TrevelyanPeter McLeavey










JILL TREVELYAN’S story of art dealer PETER McLEAVEY WINS Book of the Year Award

See details here


Winner of Our Delicious Cook Book Basket

Here's Patricia drawing the winner of our basket of delicious books. And here is our lucky, lucky recipient!

Patricia drawing the winner of the cook book basket

Winner of the cook book basket












Man Booker Prize 2014

Man Booker Prize Longlist 2014

Chair of the 2014 judges, AC Grayling, comments on behalf of the panel:
‘This is a diverse list of ambition, experiment, humour and artistry. The novels selected are full of wonderful stories and fascinating characters. The judges were impressed by the high quality of writing and the range of issues tackled - from 1066 to the future, from a PoW camp in Thailand, to a dentist’s chair in Manhattan; from the funny to the deeply serious, sometimes in the same book.’

Joshua Ferris (American) To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
Richard Flanagan (Australian) The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Karen Joy Fowler (American) We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Siri Hustvedt (American) The Blazing World
Howard Jacobson (British)  J
Paul Kingsnorth (British) The Wake
David Mitchell (British) The Bone Clocks
Neel Mukherjee (British) The Lives of Others
David Nicholls (British) Us
Joseph O'Neill (Irish/American) The Dog
Richard Powers (American) Orfeo
Ali Smith (British) How to be Both
Niall Williams (Irish) History of the Rain


 It's Our 25th Birthday!

What a great party we had! And thanks to everybody who sent flowers, cards, chocolate - we are humbled by all the good wishes.

Anne Kennedy, Alexa Johnston, Carole Beu, Sue Orr, Sarah LaingColin Pinfold (Penguin), Rachel Cooper (Random) Marthie Markstein (Random) Michele Hyland, Carole Beu, Margaret Thompson (Penguin), Suzie Maddock (Hachette)

Great book trade gathering for The Women’s Bookshop 25th birthday held at Ponsonby CentralWiti Ihimaera and Carole Beu

Anne O'Brien (AWF), Christine O'Brien (AUP), Carole Beu, Ka Meechan, Karen Ferns (Random)Graham Beattie, Carole Beu, Glynn Lorrigan, Jilleen Cole