Papercuts: Cutting to the Chase

Papercuts: Cutting to the Chase

February 27, 2019
Papercuts #10: Cutting to the Chase
Papercuts is here for your February book news and recommendations.
We chat about The Ockhams longlist,Jacqui Sturm, dear Peter Wells and Ashleigh Young.
As well as your usual book reviews and a bonkers Who the Fuck Is?, that could almost be a psychological thriller.
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Thank you Mātātuhi Foundation for your support, The Spinoff and Tina!


Book News
- Ockham Longlist is out, check it out here! Shortlist is out March 6th  
- James K Baxter week on The Spinoff. Our favourite piece is this one about Jacqui Sturm.
- Ashleigh Young - is the new(ish) Spinoff poetry editor. Here's her first column in Canvas.


In Extremis: The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin
Lindsey Hilsum
Vintage, 2018
Written by fellow foreign correspondent Lindsey Hilsum, this is the story of the most daring war reporter of her age. Drawing on unpublished diaries and notebooks, and interviews with Marie's friends, family and colleagues, In Extremis is the story of our turbulent age, and the life of a woman who defied convention.
Format: Hardback

Price: $55.00 

Book reviews

  • LK: Women in the Field, One and Two / Thomasin Sleigh
    Lawrence & Gibson, 2018

  • JT: The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer - also mentions Never Anyone But You by Rupert Thompson

  • KD: A Mistake - Carl Shuker (pub March 14)


Who the fuck is...

Not Books
  • LK: Roma on Netflix

  • JT: NARRATIVE MUSE - book and movie matcher is now launched

  • KD: How to Fail pod by Elizabeth Day

Papercuts: The Bumper Summer Reads Pod

Papercuts: The Bumper Summer Reads Pod

January 21, 2019
It's 2019 and our Papercuts team have been reading like mad over the summer break. We talk about reading resolutions, predict the Ockhams longlist, go through our summer reading piles and talk Marie Kondo's approach to hoarding books + much more! 
You can email us at, follow us on Twitter @papercutspod and we are now on Instagram! @Papercuts Podcast  
Thanks to The Spinoff for having us and the Matatuhi Foundation.
Papercuts: Christmas Special

Papercuts: Christmas Special

November 30, 2018

Welcome to the final Papercuts for 2018. As always, we break down the latest book news, including - Wellington's LitCrawl, My Brilliant Friend on TV & our old mate Jordan B Peterson visiting New Zealand next year. We announce our Normal People tote bag winner & give you a list of Christmas book ideas, because we believe you can buy a book for everyone.


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Papercuts: A spooky pile of recommendations

Papercuts: A spooky pile of recommendations

October 25, 2018

Hello boils & ghouls,

It's been a big week for books as The 2018 Man Booker has been announced! Is it worth reading? We then deep dive into a new Papercuts favourite, The Ice Shelf by Anne Kennedy. The latest review on The Spinoff Book's page did not favour it - let us know what YOU thought of the book!. We also chat Wellington LitCrawl, Valeria Luiselli, Sylvia Plath, literary witches & have our first ever giveaway.

Papercuts: Conversations with Friends

Papercuts: Conversations with Friends

September 21, 2018

On this episode of Papercuts we delve into all the latest book news, deep dive into the Booker longlisted (update: and scandalously not shortlisted), Normal People and ask who the fuck is Bob Woodward. With a lot more book & non-book related recommendations included! 

Check out the Booker Shortlist here! (Announced after recording) 
Papercuts: From the Booksellers Boardroom

Papercuts: From the Booksellers Boardroom

August 28, 2018
Kia ora Papercuts listeners! You are listening to a podcast all about books on The Spinoff.
Louisa and Jenna come to you from the NZ Booksellers Conference at the Rydges Hotel in Auckland. We talk about the Book Industry Awards, interview the owners of NZ's best bookshop 2018 and Louisa interviews Shaun Bythell, the real-life Black Books-esque bookseller from Wigtown, Scotland.
We look forward to having our Kiran back for September's podcast!
Papercuts Podcast: Weaving and lyre-playing

Papercuts Podcast: Weaving and lyre-playing

July 26, 2018

Louisa, Kiran and Jenna are here to give you all the latest book goss. Authors are being ferried all over New Zealand to speak to you, the PANZ Book Design Awards are upon us and the Man Booker Prize Longlist has just been announced.

Papercuts: Conference Chic

Papercuts: Conference Chic

June 27, 2018

Hi ho! Our new episode of Papercuts is here to give you both book goss and a pile of recommendations to get you through this wintery weather.

Papercuts: Auckland Writers Festival Wind-Up

Papercuts: Auckland Writers Festival Wind-Up

May 22, 2018

Kiran, Jenna & Louisa hid up on Level 5 of the Aotea Centre to record on the ground responses from three days at the Auckland Writers Festival.

The return of Papercuts

The return of Papercuts

May 8, 2018

Papercuts is back! Louisa, Jenna and Kiran are back a little early to make sure you're all up to speed with the upcoming Auckland Writers Festival.

Sadly, we've just heard that Eileen Myles can no longer attend the Auckland Writers Festival. We recommend still reading Afterglow & Chelsea Girls and listening to this interview with RNZ's Kim Hill.