January 20, 2018

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Features

Sweet spot

You may think your sweet tooth dictates what you eat. But can you stop your brain tricking you into wanting sugary food that’s dangerous for your health? by Donna Chisholm

Back on track

As $90 million worth of the country’s top thoroughbreds go under the hammer at NZ Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sales, Donna Chisholm finds new investment in the industry is coming from an unlikely source.

Nothingburger to impeachment

After the fallout from Michael Wolff’s damning book Fire and Fury, what are the scenarios facing President Donald Trump? by Paul Thomas

The Alice campaign

More than 100 years before the #MeToo movement, supporters came to the aid of a young Napier woman jailed for fatally shooting the man who had made her pregnant, then spurned her. by Redmer Yska

The books we loved

In a selection of best-of Shelf Life extracts, notable New Zealanders reveal their literary likes. by Clare de Lore

 

This Life

Health The Health Research Council head says it’s important to fund unconventional projects. by Nicky Pellegrino

Food Large, fleshy outdoor tomatoes are an inspiration for great salads. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Many of our wines come from places whose names confuse buyers. by Michael Cooper

Psychology Hypothermia kills, but it can be a lifesaver for people with brain injuries. by Marc Wilson

Sport The sporting year included memorable utterances – and others best forgotten. Here’s a quiz for sports fans. by Paul Thomas

 

Books & Culture

The history man

The often-windswept Neil Oliver is headed indoors for live shows based on a prolific career of making history come alive on television and in print. by Russell Baillie

Music A titanic, Oscar-winning hit is getting another lease of life, this time in a stage presentation

Books Author Susan Hill on her year’s reading, the first in a four-part memoir by Karl Ove Knausgaard, Kiwi cricket’s golden age and the life and times of Mikhail Gorbachev

Classical Music From early music specialist Jordi Savall, pianist Michael Houstoun and violinist Noa Wildschut

Film The Post, Darkest Hour

 

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Back to Black Joanne Black

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Life Bill Ralston

The Good Life Greg Dixon

 

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Wordsworth Gabe Atkinson

 

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