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“Misleading expectations” Barbara Else’s review (NZB, Spring 2016) of Mary-anne Scott’s young adult novel Coming Home to Roost contains several errors of fact. Else writes, “The blurb states that the novel tackles teen pregnancy from the boy’s point of view.”

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Letters — Issue 113

Critical attention Good to see in your issue 112 (NZB Summer 2015) Vincent O’Sullivan’s obituary on W H Oliver who was married to my mother’s half-sister Dorothy. I remember discussing poetry with Dorothy and Bill 65 years ago. More to

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Letters — Issue 111

Over-egging (more…)

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Letters — Issue 110

Neuropathic not neurasthenic pain

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Letters — Issue 109

Mud on the tracks

I want to say a few things about some connotations in the review of my third novel, Glam Rock Boyfriends (NZB Spring 2014). Nick Bollinger, your reviewer, is an expert re rock music, so I was delighted to find the music details were fine, as he did not mention any issues. Descriptions in the book also conjured up rewarding, tangible images, he said. Yes, I did want readers to enjoy recalling the recent past. Crisp poplins on a summer’s day in the 1950s, for instance, and satins and velvets sumptuous in the 1970s.

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Letters — Issue 107

Audio-books Each quarter or so a CD bearing the latest edition of New Zealand Books arrives in my letterbox having been sent by the Blind Foundation. These CDs carry excerpts from current magazine titles as requested by the recipient. NZB

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Letters — Issue 106

A necessary corrective Reading Dougal McNeill’s review of Brasch’s Journals 1938-1945 has surprised me by its reminder that so much of value is, like beauty, in the eye of the beholder. I feel the essential Brasch has been missed. The

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Letters — Issue 105

Vote of thanks Writers get the kudos; editors very little. Jane Westaway deserves a huge vote of thanks from New Zealand writers for her years of stalwart service as co-editor of New Zealand Books. As they would say here in

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Letters — Issue 104

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Letters — Issue 103

Tragedy not dystopia Eleanor Toland’s review of Phillip Mann’s The Disestablishment of Paradise (NZB, Winter 2013) is based on a set of misconceptions. Toland yearns for New Zealand settings, so she must have enjoyed Mann’s Pioneers; but hers is a

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