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What's inside North & South's October 2019 issue?

North & South's October 2019 issue is on sale at newsstands now. Subscribe online here and you'll get Mike White’s new book, How to Walk a Dog, for free! 

Cover story: Who’s your daddy?

By Joanna Wane

Genetic tests are unearthing long-buried secrets – bringing some families together and tearing others apart.

The three wise men

By Donna Chisholm

It’s the end of an era at the country’s most successful cancer drug discovery laboratory.

Strictly for the birds

By Michelle Langstone

Taunts and tweets, shameless memes and schemes – Bird of the Year is back!

Dream chaser

By Mike White

Elizabeth Knox explains why her new novel, The Absolute Book, is the best thing she’s written.

Ice bound

By Rebecca Priestley

An excerpt from Rebecca Priestley’s Fifteen Million Years in Antarctica – her place in the heart.

The ones that got away: Ron Hanson

By Sarah Lang

Ron Hanson and brother Mark edit their Wellington-born arts magazine from Taiwan.

Risky women’s business

By Anon

A young Kiwi woman’s candid account of being in Peru, accidentally up the duff and desperate.


Bevan Rapson on foreign interference via donations. 

Nerd Nation

Jenny Nicholls’ digital survey looks at life before apps. 


Michelle Langstone on the discomfort of strangers. 


Phil Gifford’s tribute to Herbs and the Amazing Rhythm Aces. 

Film & Television

The Great Hack, an Aussie rom-com, an Irish doco and some Dan Carter magic. 

New Zealand Books

Comedy and shearing legends, the Treaty goes graphic, and a saintly novel. 

Book Illustration

Artist Sarah Greig’s winning reimagining of a classic Margaret Mahy book. 

International Books

New novels from Ann Patchett and Philippa Gregory, encounters with a drug lord and a con artist. 


Democracy rocks. 


Workplace stress, weed and greed. 

Feast for the Eyes

Food becomes landscape in artist Naga Tsutsumi’s hands. 

Power to the People

Payback time for a community-run power station. 

Back from Black

A theatrical project that gives voice to those with dementia. 

Signature Style

What your choice of pen reveals about you. 

My Space

Ben Masters designs hand-printed wallpaper in Martinborough.


Simon Farrell-Green on the frustrations of feeding fussy toddlers. 


Joanna Wane sails north to Alaska on the National Geographic Quest and Mike White takes the top-of-the-lake road to Glenorchy. 


Graeme Wilson’s crosswords. 

High Heels & Gumboots

Rebecca Hayter swaps city life for 10 acres in Golden Bay. 

Last Words

Nostalgia and word play with Paul Little.