February 23, 2019

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Features

These mortal coils

Our genes can increase our risk of illness, but advances in understanding how they physically interact with each other offer hope for better treatments. Donna Chisholm reports.

Finding my father

Conceived in a Hong Kong PoW camp, Kiwi war baby Ian Gill tells of the misfortune to which he owes his life, and his parents’ unlikely love story.

The unreliable narrator

He penned a bestselling thriller under a pseudonym, but as Michele Hewitson discovered, author Dan Mallory also proved himself to be a charmingly adept bullshit artist.

California dreamin’

The first woman to be appointed Listener editor, Jenny Wheeler, reflects on her journalism career and the latest chapter in her life, as a writer of adventure novels set in 1860s California. by Clare de Lore

Calling all Kiwis

New Zealand is facing the point of no return with its precious native species. But the people working to make the country predator free are hitting milestones. by Sir Rob Fenwick

 

This Life

Health If feeling fine isn’t enough for you, an icy plunge is just what the doctor orders. by Nicky Pellegrino

Nutrition Be wary of taking supplements, as the way nutrients interact with each other can have bad results. by Jennifer Bowden

Food A favourite Kiwi vegetable, kūmara is a useful main ingredient in summer meals. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine On hot days, why not try a cool red? by Michael Cooper

Psychology Musical prowess has spinoffs for people with reading difficulties, not to mention video gamers. by Marc Wilson

Sport Those who assume the Black Caps will go all the way to the 2019 World Cup final in July should scale back their expectations. by Paul Thomas

 

Books & Culture

There’s a riot going on As a trio of fringe festivals get ready to unleash edgy seasons upon three main centres, the events’ directors discuss their role in the arts and pick some must-sees. by Sarah Catherall

Books By Ben Okri, Brandy Scott, Mal Peet and Heidi Amsinck, about Te Papa’s art, and a roundup of NZ non-fiction

Music Beach House profiled, and an obituary of legendary Kiwi guitarist Peter Posa

Film Colette, Stan & Ollie, Border (Gräns)

 

Commentary

Editorial

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

Bulletin from Abroad Cathrin Schaer in Berlin

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

Radio Fiona Rae

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