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The Uprising: Q&A with Eirlys Hunter

Portrait of Eirlys Hunter

As a child I was obsessed with the idea of flying and of seeing the world from above. That was related to my passion for maps—and of books with maps in.

Fantasy or ‘real world’ in children’s fiction

illustrated map of a fictional river valley

When you experience your real life as dull and predictable, a book is a portal to adventure, to excitement, to dreams, experimentation and possibility.

Book list: Novels in verse

No One Is Angry Today (c) Marc Boutavant

Novels in verse are a bit like graphic novels, in how quickly they can be consumed, and in the way you have to join some of the dots yourself.

Day in the Life of Giselle Clarkson

Giselle holding The Tiny Woman's Coat

Hello! I’m Giselle, the illustrator of The Tiny Woman’s Coat. I live in a small town near Wellington in New Zealand. I work from home in the corner of a room…

Ulf Nilsson 1948—2021

Gecko Press sadly informs our readers that Ulf Nilsson, the much-loved author of Detective Gordon, died in Sweden on 22 September at the age of 73.

The books that raised me: Bookshop Day edition

Early October brings Bookshop Days so we asked booksellers around Aotearoa to share a book that was special to them growing up, a book that raised them. Sometimes, when you’re surrounded by so many good books, it’s hard to pick just one. Jenna at Time Out, Auckland Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak… Read more »

Book list: Good books in te reo Māori

In honour of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, we want to celebrate the increasing number of books being published in te reo Māori.

In the Forbidden Forest with Ole Könnecke

Ole Konnecke

For the release his book Dulcinea in the Forbidden Forest, Ole took over the Gecko Press Instagram account to show behind the scenes of creating the story.

The books that raised me: Emma McIlroy

Emma reading at a young age

I have always loved reading, to the point where as soon as I could read by myself, I would read anything I could find, including encyclopaedias cover to cover.

Dulcinea in the Forbidden Forest: Q&A with Ole Könnecke

My previous book in Germany was a Western with a boy as the main character, so this time I wanted simply to tell an exciting story centred on a girl.

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