Census spies

March 6 is census night here in New Zealand, and this morning Radio NZ reported that 1.7 million people have already completed their forms online. Time to do the same,…

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Four publishing lessons in four minutes

Four publishing lessons in four minutes

In 1995, my first novel, Telling Stories, won the Reed Fiction Award for the best unpublished novel. The prize was $5,000, a flight to the Dunedin Writers Festival to receive…

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Ian Rankin, Writer

5 Quotes from Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin is author of 21 Inspector Rebus novels along with 20 others. He’s also written plays, graphic novels, short stories and an opera(!).           Photo…

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Lightbeam lets you spy on web spies

Lightbeam lets you spy on web spies

Lightbeam is a simple browser add-on for Firefox that lets you spy on web spies. More specifically, it reveals the full extent of all those behind-the-scenes connections websites make as…

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Hypnotist hypnotises himself

Book review Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter by Scott Adams (My rating: click here.) The basic premise of Scott Adams latest book, written during and…

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Still time to enter the Mogford Short Story Prize

There’s still a few weeks left to enter the Sixth Annual Mogford Food & Drink Short Story Prize. The prize is worth £10,000, the contest is open to anyone of…

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Bad Sex Day Tomorrow

The winner of the Literary Review’s annual Bad Sex in Fiction Award will be announced tomorrow (30 November). The purpose of the prize is to draw attention to poorly written,…

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Send your money to the toilet!

Malaysian Travel Scratchie Scams I knew I’d won at least $100,000 even before I’d scratched the cards. I was so confident, I took before and after shots to prove it…

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Annie Proulx’s National Book Award speech

Annie Proulx (pronounced “proo”) was born in 1935, but her first novel wasn’t published until 1992. That novel, Postcards, won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and her second, and best-known,…

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Famous Razors

Razors aren’t just for shaving. In philosophy, a razor is a rule of thumb that allows for the elimination (the “shaving off”) of unlikely explanations. The most famous is Occam’s…

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