Tina Shaw reviews Fiona Kidman's powerful and haunting new novel based on the short life and brutal death of Albert Black, hanged at Mt Eden jail in 1955.
Vincent O'Sullivan admires Caroline's Bikini by Kirsty Gunn, who continues to write and shape novels like no other New Zealand author.
Michael Field reviews a new study of Niue's role in World War I, when Sir Māui Pōmare despatched 150 Niueans to fight in a mysterious war
The Spinoff's Madeleine Chapman co-wrote Steven Adams' autobiography, in shops next week. She tells how she wrote the book alongside an athlete she's known since they were both teens.