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A true crime writer’s tale: Scott Bainbridge delves into New Zealand’s biggest heist

Back in 1956, Auckland gangsters cut the top off a safe in waterfront offices and walked away with the payroll. ...

Back in 1956, Auckland gangsters cut the top off a safe in waterfront offices and walked away with the payroll. Investigative author Scott Bainbridge has written a book on how it happened (file photo).

Scott Bainbridge has heard confessions from 1960s gangsters, pored over old murder files, and had photos handed to him with a warning.

He’s a true crime author, the man whose books inspired the television series The Missing.

His most recent work, The Great NZ Robbery, recounts New Zealand’s biggest heist, which left a wrecked safe and a few scattered notes behind.

The Great NZ Robbery adds to Scott Bainbridge's growing list of books about Kiwi crimes (file photo).

The Great NZ Robbery adds to Scott

Read more at: https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/books/97371506/a-true-crime-writers-tale-scott-bainbridge-delves-into-new-zealands-biggest-heist

An interim report on the state of New Zealand literature in 2017

A special investigation asks: Has much happened this year in New Zealand writing? Steve Braunias assesses the books of 2017 to date.

Nothing much has happened this year in New Zealand writing. It’s been pretty quiet. No new sensation, like Hera Lindsay Bird in 2016; a lot of stuff from Victoria University Press, some of it readable; trash from the mainstream publishers; an exciting anthology; and quite a bit of really good, really interesting work published on the outskirts of town.

FICTION

A good book

Is Iceland, the debut novel by Dominic Hoey, the outstanding New Zealand novel of 2017? The nimble independent publisher Steele Roberts brought it out with very little fanfare but the book has caught on, especially in Auckland. Hoey’s book is set in Grey Lynn, and follows the goings-on of characters on the dole, characters on the game, characters on the needle. It’s kind of renegade literature – Hoey is outside

Read more at: https://thespinoff.co.nz/books/31-07-2017/an-interim-report-on-the-state-of-new-zealand-literature-in-2017/

Announcing the return of the most glamorous writer’s residency in New Zealand – the one at the Surrey Hotel

Calling all New Zealand writers! Apply now for the writers residency at the Surrey Hotel in Auckland.

New Zealand literature’s coolest writing residency is up and running again. The fabulous Surrey Hotel – named the Best Hotel in Auckland by a well-known writer in the New Zealand Herald – has once again agreed to offer a writers residency award in association with The Spinoff.

The winner of the second annual Surrey Hotel Steve Braunias Memorial Writers Residency In Association With The Spinoff Award will be given a week’s free accommodation at the Surrey in Grey Lynn, along with free breakfast and free wifi. They will also pocket a cool $500 from The Spinoff.

There is also be a second and third prize with less nights and less money but the same thrill.

The Surrey Hotel: built in the Tudor ages (1989)

Applications are open from today, and close on July

Read more at: https://thespinoff.co.nz/books/05-07-2017/announcing-the-return-of-the-most-glamorous-writers-residency-in-new-zealand-the-one-at-the-surrey-hotel/

Making a killing: the best New Zealand crime novels revealed

Yet another Spinoff Review of Books exclusive: the longlist for the 2017 Ngaio Marsh award for best New Zealand crime fiction.

The dear old Spinoff Review of Books can exclusively reveal the longlist for the 2017 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel. Now in its seventh year, the award recognises the best in New Zealand crime fiction, that flourishing, lively genre which a) has blessedly nothing to do with Victoria University or the IIML b) is too exciting to be caught up in the usual soul-searching misery of much NZ fiction, and c) includes authors who live quite handsomely from their international sales

Two of the eight longlisted books are by the same prolific author, Finn Bell. None of the past winners are in the running this year. In fact, of the 19 different authors who’ve been finalists in the first few years, only one – Ben Sanders – is a 2017

Read more at: https://thespinoff.co.nz/books/15-06-2017/making-a-killing-the-best-new-zealand-crime-novels-revealed/

Making a killing: the best New Zealand crime novels revealed | The …

Yet another Spinoff Review of Books exclusive: the longlist for the 2017 Ngaio Marsh award for best New Zealand crime fiction.

The dear old Spinoff Review of Books can exclusively reveal the longlist for the 2017 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel. Now in its seventh year, the award recognises the best in New Zealand crime fiction, that flourishing, lively genre which a) has blessedly nothing to do with Victoria University or the IIML b) is too exciting to be caught up in the usual soul-searching misery of much NZ fiction, and c) includes authors who live quite handsomely from their international sales

Two of the ten longlisted books are by the same prolific author, Finn Bell. None of the past winners are in the running this year. In fact, of the 19 different authors who’ve been finalists in the first few years, only one – Ben Sanders – is a 2017

Read more at: https://thespinoff.co.nz/books/15-06-2017/making-a-killing-the-best-new-zealand-crime-novels-revealed/