In this week's Listener – January 12, 2019

by The Listener / 08 January, 2019

January 12, 2019

On sale January 7-13

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Culture of complaint

The new morality of a strident and vocal “Generation-Z” minority who demand protection from words and ideas they do not like is spreading quickly in English-speaking countries. by Joanne Black

Untold stories

British historian Sir Max Hastings reasoned that there was room for another book about the war in Vietnam because he wanted to bring the Vietnamese “back to the centre of the story”. by Karl du Fresne

Pioneer woman

Time has tarnished the reputation of one of America’s best-selling authors, but her legacy is undiminished. by Paula Morris

Brand awareness

Comedian Jo Brand’s deadpan style is deceptive, as some blokes have discovered to their very public cost. In a new how-to book, she emphasises the benefits of not giving a toss. by Diana Wichtel

This Life

Health Horses are taking a load off people at a Taranaki-based business. by Nicky Pellegrino

Nutrition Getting our quota of vitamin D becomes more important as we age. by Jennifer Bowden

Food Bold, zesty flavours and vibrant colours are a signature of these seasonal ethnic sides. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Not just for the ladies, rosé is a worldwide wine phenomenon. by Michael Cooper

Psychology The suggestion that you’re about to be exposed to something unpleasant can actually make it worse. by Marc Wilson

Sport A review of the pronouncements – asinine, otherworldly and otherwise – that caught our attention in 2018. by Paul Thomas

Books & Culture

A sense of place A 30-year-old Rotorua-born, Melbourne-based writer had publishers fighting for the rights to his debut novel. by Craig Sisterson

Books By Cecelia Ahern and Catherine Lacey; about wine writing; Stephen Fry’s book about Greek heroes and gods; and Alice Miller’s second volume of poetry

Lights, camera, action man The history of Pacific Films and John O’Shea, 1948-2000. by Peter Calder

Music From Lawrence Arabia, Anthony Ritchie and the Aquarius Choir

Film Cold War, Hurricane



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

Bulletin from Abroad Bernard Lagan in Sydney, Australia

Life Bill Ralston

Back to Black Joanne Black

The Good Life Greg Dixon


Diversions & Puzzles

Wordsworth Gabe Atkinson

That’s Entertainment

Television Fiona Rae

TV Films Fiona Rae

TV Review Diana Wichtel

Radio Fiona Rae

TV programmes

Radio programmes


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The Handmaid's Tale is so chilling, you risk hypothermia
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The Handmaid's Tale is so chilling, you risk hypot…

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Season three of The Handmaid’s Tale packs a punch, despite some implausible scenes, writes Diana Wichtel.

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Christchurch mosque attacks: Accused pleads not guilty to all charges
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Never Look Away: A flawed masterpiece about life in WWII-era Germany
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Epic drama captures an artist navigating the upheavals of Nazi and post-war Germany.

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