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The art of the odd, Janet Wilson

Swallowing Diamonds Marilyn Duckworth Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 1869415485 In Marilyn Duckworth, New Zealand has its finest writer of the absurd. Although others have written about states of unreality or non-reality – most particularly Janet Frame, younger novelists like Elizabeth Knox,

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Montana Book Award winners

The Shag Incident, a novel by Aucklander Stephanie Johnson, has won this year’s Deutz Medal for Fiction in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards. Runners up were The Hopeful Traveller by Fiona Farrell, also a novel, and a short story

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Taking ideas for a walk, Anne French

Tracing the Arc John Saker Four Winds Press, $14.95, ISBN 0958237557 On Make-up and Makeover  Paula Boock Four Winds Press, $14.95, ISBN 0958237549 Notes of a Bag Lady Margaret Mahy Four Winds Press, $14.95, ISBN 0958237522 Until recently, the essay

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Short lives on earth, Rebecca J Davies

Life on Earth Sue McCauley Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 1869415493 Water Bernard Steeds Penguin, $27.95, ISBN 0143018353 The Chandrasekhar Limit and other stories Sugu Pillay The Writers Group, price unavailable, ISBN 0473087316 There is a common misconception that big themes require

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Read in paw and claw, Barbara Murison

The Truth At Last about the Little Red Hen Hugh Price; illustrations by Isabel Lowe Steele Roberts, $9.95, ISBN 1877228192 The Immigrants Alan Bagnall; illustrations by Sarah Wilkins Mallinson Rendel, $24.95, ISBN 0908783728 Abraham The Builder’s Cat – Adventures on

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Adventures in the waiting room, Garth Baker

Going the Distance – Women Outdoors in New Zealand Tess Redgrave Tandem Press, $34.95, ISBN 1877298018 Seduced by the Sea  ed Tessa Duder HarperCollins, $29.95, ISBN 1869504461 Te Araroa: The New Zealand Trail Geoff Chapple Random House, $34.95, ISBN 186941537X

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A light yodel, Jane Bowron

The Topp Twins Book Jools and Lynda Topp Penguin Books, $29.95, ISBN 0143018604 The Topp Twins book is an absolute must for Topp Twins’ fans and an absolute miss for those with no more than a passing acquaintance with the

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Aotearoa – the last frontier, Neville Peat

Environmental Histories of New Zealand ed Eric Pawson and Tom Brooking Oxford University Press, $49.95, ISBN 019558421X Environmentally and in other ways, New Zealand is a last frontier – the last temperate-climate land on earth to be discovered and colonised

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Queering the Kiwi bloke’s pitch, Gavin McLean

The Life of Brian: Masculinities, Sexualities and Health in New Zealand ed Heather Worth, Anna Paris and Louisa Allen University of Otago Press, $39.95, ISBN 1877276251 Worlds in Collision: The Gay Debate in New Zealand 1960-1986 Laurie Guy Victoria University

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Editorial — Issue 59

And the winner is   Literary prizes are, of course, a good thing, and only the most curmudgeonly of spoilsports would want to abolish them. In a profession with few career markers, prizes like the Montana New Zealand Book Awards

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