Origin of the SpeciesJungle Book

We love these illustrated book benches that are popping up all around London. There are 50 in all - go to booksabouttown.org.uk for more information and if you are going to London before the end of September check them out for us!

NZ Post Book AwardsNZ Post Book Awards 2014

Fiction Finalists

The Bright Side of My Condition by Charlotte Randall

The Last Days of the National Costume by Anne Kennedy

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

Max Gate by Damien Wilkins

Poetry Finalists

Gathering Evidence by Caolinn Highes

Heartland by Michele Leggott

Us, Then by Vincent O'Sullivan

Horse with Hat by Marty Smith

Click on the titles above for reviews and readings. Winners will be announced on 27 August.


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

  Eimear McBrideBaileys Prize for Women's Fiction


Irish author Eimear McBride wins the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction with her astonishing debut, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing.


A M Homes at the Festival

A M HomesA M Homes popped into the shop during her few days in Auckland and she was charming - you'd never know she writes such black humour. 

Her session at the Festival was wonderful (she is wonderful). Her books sold out but we have plenty of stock of May We Be Forgiven in the shop, as well as her other titles, AND they're signed!









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




Carole Beu with Alison Bechdel 

Alison Bechdel






 A great night with Alison Bechdel!

Presented by The Auckland Women's Centre in association with NZ Festival Writers Week and chaired by our very own Carole Beu the evening was a resounding success

The hall was full to bursting with much laughter as Alison presented a slideshow of her work. The signing queue lasted for over an hour as Alison signed and drew in her books.