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The Christchurch Crucible, Greg Newbold

A City Possessed: The Christchurch Civic Creche Case Lynley Hood Longacre Press, $59.95, ISBN 1877135623 At the end of March 1992, when I heard about the arrest of Peter Ellis on a number of charges relating to the sexual abuse

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Something nobody counted on, Bill Hastings

Unquiet World: The Life of Count Geoffrey Potocki de Montalk Stephanie de Montalk Victoria University Press, $39.95, ISBN 086473414X I completely misunderstood this book. I did what I usually do to begin reviewing a book. I checked for a subtitle,

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Not the Wairarapa? Shelagh Duckham Cox

Featherstone Kirsty Gunn Faber & Faber,  $34.95, ISBN 0571212476 The epigraph is an entry in an imagined handbook. It provides information you’d expect from a motoring guide about a small town you’ve never visited before, and it’s in the same format

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Without guilt or apology, Harry Ricketts

Tread Softly For You Tread On My Life: New & Collected Writings Michael King Cape Catley, $34.95, ISBN 0908561881 “This is the sort of letter that doesn’t look well in a Biography,” Rupert Brooke wrote Eddie Marsh in September 1913. Brooke

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Faith’ll fix it, Catharina Van Bohemen

faithsinger Rosie Scott Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1869414667 “It’s a delightful reversal that I’ve become more radical as I’ve gotten older. I get so enraged by the kind of social injustice I feel”: Rosie Scott in an interview with Rob O’Neill

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Jaunts and junkets, Linda Burgess

The Swing Around Barbara Anderson Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864734220 There’s a certain anxiety that accompanies writing this review. Embarrassingly, it’s to do with a fear of mixing metaphors (as opposed to, say, starting a sentence with an adverb.)

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Domesticating Derrida, Kim Worthington

Derrida Downunder ed Laurence Simmons and Heather Worth Dunmore Press, $39.95, ISBN 0864693745 Jacques Derrida’s visit to New Zealand, for the Derrida Downunder Conference organised by Auckland University in 1999, was certainly an event worthy of commemoration in print. This was

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Poem — Diana Bridge

The route   If you want more than to brush your face against nature, eyes clinging briefly to swatches of sky, their blues deepening as you watch, hit-and-missing leaves, damp paintings patched seamless together – if you want more than

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Biennial banquet, Jane Stafford

Writers and Readers Week Common threads of history, memory, the intersection of personal experience with the historical past, suggest lively debate at this year’s Writers and Readers Week. The Observer critic said of John Banville’s latest novel, Eclipse: “With prose

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How far can you go? John Stenhouse

The Bishop’s Paper: A History of the Catholic Press of the Diocese of Auckland Nicholas Reid Catholic Publications Centre, $22.95, ISBN 0473072181 Nicholas Reid sheds valuable light on New Zealand’s religious and cultural history in The Bishop’s Paper, a history

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