In this week's Listener – December 8, 2018

by The Listener / 03 December, 2018

December 8, 2018

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Features


Rocky road ahead

In the decade since the global financial crisis, investors have enjoyed a steady upward ride and very few shocks. Prepare now for the return of the “old normal” – market volatility. by Pattrick Smellie

I Kidman you not

When Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty was summoned to meet Nicole Kidman in a Sydney cafe, the Hollywood star made it clear she was serious about optioning the book. by Diana Wichtel

Our place in space

Half a century after the first manned spacecraft orbited the moon and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey surged across cinema screens, the space race is back on and New Zealand is in the game. Are we ready? by Sally Blundell

This Life


Food A special Christmas dinner in which seafood stars in the entrée courses before turkey takes centre stage to be followed by a fantastic fruity pudding from an old family recipe. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Celebrate the festive season with sparkling wines from Bendigo to Champagne, priced from $10 to $125. by Michael Cooper

Sport In the midst of the All Blacks’ loss autopsies, a great cricketing win went almost unremarked. by Paul Thomas

Books & Culture


Sorcerer’s apprentice Sir Peter Jackson’s long-time protégé, Christian Rivers, has stepped up to direct his first feature film and it’s the $120 million fantasy epic Mortal Engines. So, no pressure then … by Russell Baillie

Documentary Digitally restored and audio-enhanced film footage transports you to the World War I battlefields of the Western Front in They Shall Not Grow Old

Books By Catherine Bennetto, Kirsten Warner, Holly Throsby and Kim Stanley Robinson, Ed Hillary’s tractor ride to the South Pole, and a scenic book on the Awatere Valley

Music Australian legends The Church and a review of Mel Parsons’ new album

Film Beautiful Boy, Shoplifters, Robin Hood

Commentary


Editorial

Letters Plus Caption Competition, Quips & Quotes, Life in NZ and 10 Quick Questions

Bulletin from Abroad Bernard Lagan in Sydney

Back to Black Joanne Black

Life Bill Ralston

Politics Jane Clifton

The Good Life Greg Dixon

Diversions


Diversions & Puzzles

Wordsworth Gabe Atkinson

That’s Entertainment


Television Fiona Rae

TV Films Fiona Rae

TV Review Diana Wichtel

Radio Fiona Rae

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