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The novelist as poet, Nick Ascroft

Lazy Wind Poems Graham Lindsay Auckland University Press, $21.99, ISBN 1869402855 Moody Bitch Stephanie Johnson Godwit, $22.95, ISBN 1869621050 Vanilla Wine Geoff Cochrane Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864734719 Summer on the Cote d’Azur Alistair Paterson HeadworX, $19.95, ISBN 04730980244

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Ploughing a lone furrow, Julia Millen

Writers In Residence: A Journey with Pioneer New Zealand Writers Jenny Robin Jones Auckland University Press, $44.99, ISBN 1869403029 As Edward Gibbon Wakefield wrote in 1829: Literary men, men of science, philosophers, do not emigrate to new colonies where their

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History to mystery, Barbara Murison

Juggling with Mandarins V M Jones HarperCollins, $16.99, ISBN 1869504623 The Serpents of Arakesh V M Jones HarperCollins, $14.99, ISBN 1869504771 My Story – Journey to Tangiwai David Hill Scholastic New Zealand, $15.95, ISBN 1869434994 Aunt Effie’s Ark Jack Lasenby Longacre Press, $16.95, ISBN 1877135844 Evil

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Keeping your hair on, Heather Murray

The Transformation Catherine Chidgey Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864734654 In Mutes and Earthquakes Bill Manhire gives his creative writing pupils a couple of pieces of advice: 1) write what you know, and 2) write what you don’t know. If,

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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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Nasty things people do, Bernard Carpinter

The Temptations of Frederick Weld Michael Wall Black Swan, $26.95, ISBN 1869415930 Devil’s Apple Simon Snow Black Swan, $26.95, ISBN 1869415477 The Monstrance David McGill Silver Owl Press, $24.95, ISBN 095824510X Chicane Colin D Peel HarperCollins, $21.99, ISBN 1869504887 Alternative

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Cabinet of curiosities, Roger Blackley

Icons Nga Taonga: From the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Te Papa curatorial team Te Papa Press, $79.99, ISBN 090901096X On a recent visit from his Tasmanian hideaway, art museum guru Daniel Thomas expressed amazement that Te Papa’s

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A wink to the grown-ups, Gavin Bishop

The Night Kite Peter Bland, illustrations by Carl Bland, Mallinson Rendel, $24.95, ISBN 0908783833 Napoleon and the Chicken Farmer Lloyd Jones, illustrations by Graeme Gash, Mallinson Rendel, $29.95, ISBN 0908783752 Cat’s Whiskers – 4 Favourite Lynley Dodd Stories Lynley Dodd

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Paradise or purgatory, Alan Knowles

John Kinder’s New Zealand Ron Brownson (with contributions from Peter Shaw, Michael Dunn and Roger Blackley) Godwit and Auckland Art Gallery, $49.95, ISBN 1869621077 John Kinder turned his back on taunts of religious inflexibility and charges of being a “stiff-necked”

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An end to the “musket wars”, Rawiri Taonui

Taua – Musket wars, land wars, or tikanga? Warfare in Maori society in the early nineteenth century Angela Ballara Penguin, $59.95, ISBN 0143018892 Reviewing R D Crosby’s The Musket Wars: A History of Inter-iwi Conflict 1806-1845 (New Zealand Books, March

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