The October issue of North & South

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Gut reaction
It’s based on the latest microbiome science, but does Dr Michael Mosley’s “clever guts” diet really work?

A wing and a prayer
Conservationist Don Merton called our native birds New Zealand’s “national monuments”. Now they’re in a battle against extinction.

Renting
A serial renter looks back on a rollercoaster 35 years as a flatmate and tenant - and finds little to recommend it.

Vincent
One of New Zealand's most celebrated writers, Vincent O'Sullivan, has published his first novel in 20 years - at the age of 80.

Are you being served?
When is it your business what people are getting up to next door?

Growth towns 
Napier’s overlooked sister city is stepping out of the shadows to stage a comeback in Hawke’s Bay.

Where are they now? Craig Scott
For a few glorious years, he was about as famous as you could be in New Zealand. Sharon Stephenson tracks down the 70s prince of pop.

Voyage of discovery: Mr Pip
A journey to Bougainville Island in search of the legacy of Mister Pip takes an unexpected turn. 

Monster or man of his time? 
Captain James Cook revisited.

Social Studies
Margo White reveals the latest wellbeing fad: silence. 

Politics
Bevan Rapson on an opportunity for National. 

Say, What?
Jenny Nicholls makes a case for some unlikely bedfellows. 

Grammarian 
Ray Prebble probes the nettlesome subjunctive. 

Nerd Nation
Jenny Nicholls looks at a bold idea to save the kea.

Behind the Story
A tribute to “The Master”, Warwick Roger. 

Conversation
Letters on the body-brain connection and very bad driving. 

Soft Pedaling
Ōamaru handcrafters Rod and Sue McLean. 

Making a Scene
The world is a stage for Auckland visual artist Mardo El-Noor. 

In His Wake
Actor Sam Neill joins the ghost of Captain James Cook on a great adventure.

Food 
Kate Richards turns milk monitor to taste-test some of the best. 

Travel
Gareth Eyres saddles up for the Twin Coast Cycle Trail. 

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