the most important and long-lasting journal in New Zealand’s literature’
– Oxford History of New Zealand literature
‘highly readable, sometimes controversial, but never dull’
– Canvas, Weekend Herald, ’09
The clear critical voice of Landfall magazine has commented on New Zealand’s literature for more than 60 years. The magazine was shortlisted for the Book Pages of the Year Award in 2008 and 2009.
However, like other print media, Landfall found it difficult to cover the full range of significant books being published, since the number of new books increases each year.
The solution? The Landfall Review extends out of the magazine to become Landfall Review Online. As well as the reviews included in the two print issues each year, Landfall publishes additional review pages online, each month featuring six to eight reviews. An archive of all previous online reviews is a feature of the site.
LRO is edited by Landfall editor Emma Neale and was initially published with the assistance of Creative New Zealand as a one-year pilot project. Typically the reviews are substantial and are commissioned by Neale from a mix of leading and emerging writers.
It is hoped that Landfall Review Online will continue to be a service to the literary community, making readers more aware of the books that are being published, giving a wide range of New Zealand books international exposure, and leading back to the magazine as a further showcase for New Zealand writing.