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Truth eating, Harry Ricketts

Inside Outside Brian Turner Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9780864736536   Coming Ashore Peter Bland Steele Roberts, $19.99, ISBN 9781877577499   Fly Boy Jeffrey Paparoa Holman Steele Roberts, $19.99, ISBN 97818544125   “I seek to honour/the truculent/genesis of living,” states

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Poem — Brian Turner

Beachfront   So much advice coming your way like wind-blown leaves. ‘Never give up until you see indifference,’ one says; another, a woman recently split from her husband ‘for no good reason’, tells you ‘few women ignore persistence, so keep

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Moving deeper, John Horrocks

Mirabile Dictu Michele Leggott Auckland University Press, $27.99, ISBN 9781869404406 The Lustre Jug Bernadette Hall Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780864736086 Just This Brian Turner Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780864735911 One can expect that these new collections by three

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Zero waste, Martin Edmond

Into the Wider World: A Back Country Miscellany Brian Turner Godwit, $44.99, ISBN 9781869621421 Near the beginning of the seventh of the 34 essays in this book, the 16-year-old Brian Turner, full of teenage angst and contemplating suicide, is sitting

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Poem — Brian Turner

High Windows If you want to compliment someone call him grounded.  If you want to do him a favour  pray that there’s more order than chaos, more love    than hatred and resentment in his life, that  transfiguration and redemption

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The sins of our fathers, Brian Turner

Theatre Country: Essays on Landscape and Whenua Geoff Park Victoria University Press, $39.95, ISBN 0864734573 In his excellent address to the New Zealand Landscape conference in 2003, included in Theatre Country under the title “A Moment in History”, Geoff Park

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Despatches from the rugby jungle, Paul Thomas

Inside Anton Oliver with Brian Turner Hodder Moa, $49.99, ISBN 1869589912 The Winter Game: Rediscovering the Passion of Rugby Todd R Nicholls Mainstream Publishing, $49.95, ISBN 1840189150 The New Zealand book trade has long had a vested interest in demythologising

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Hymns, history and haemorrhoids, Janet Hughes

Three Regrets and a Hymn to Beauty Ian Wedde Auckland University Press, $22.00, ISBN 1869403495 Afternoon of an Evening Train Gregory O’Brien Victoria University Press, $21.99, ISBN 9864735014 Oooooo…..!!! Hone Tuwhare Steele Roberts, $24.95, ISBN 1877338699 Footfall Brian Turner Godwit,

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Gardening as rebellion, Brian Turner

This Piece of Earth: A Life in My New Zealand Garden Harvey McQueen Awa Press, $34.95, ISBN 0958253838 Reading Harvey McQueen’s account of a year’s engagement with his garden has confirmed what I’ve thought for a long time: you have

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A truly adventurous coot, Brian Turner

John Pascoe  Chris Maclean Craig Potton Publishing in association with The Whitcombe Press, $59.95, ISBN 0473094436   When I was a runty little joker, I often heard my father’s mother, Liz, describe people as “silly buggers”. John Pascoe would have

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