26 recommends

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The Mating Habits of Stags by Ray Robinson

A wonderful evocation of the bleakness of nature and raw human emotion, this book tells the story of a man who has committed a violent crime and is escaping capture across the North Yorkshire Moors. What he leaves behind is a litany of loss, guilt and missed opportunity.

– Anna Dewis


My recommendations are very TV / podcast-focussed!

TV: Station Eleven, Search Party and Yellowjackets

Podcasts: Station Eleven’s official podcast, Trusty Hogs, Masters of our Domain

– Suchandrika Chakrabarti


Pat Barker’s The Silence of the Girls deserves every accolade heaped upon it. The most cogent anti-war novel I’ve read since Dalton Trumbo’s Johnny Got His Gun (and that was a while back). Pitch-perfect. A tour de force.

Hugh Aldersey-Williams’ Periodic Tales – The Curious Lives of the Elements. A tour of a different kind. Most intriguing, and the kind of thing you can dip into anytime.

Kapka Kassabova’s Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe. Unsettling, compassionate, fantastical. A strange brew. Makes me want to go there.

– Ben Archer


Two shows add colour to Wellington’s cultural landscape in early 2022. ‘Rita Angus: New Zealand Modernist’, Te Papa until 25th April, showcases a ‘unique image of 20th century Aotearoa’ from the ‘Feminist. Pacifist. Artist.’ while ‘Hilma Af Klint: The Secret Paintings’, City Gallery until 27th March, reveals wondrous creations the Swedish artist and mystic asked be released only 20 years after her death. Catch them if you can.

– Jayne Workman

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