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Shining a transformative light, Sarah Quigley

Extraordinary Anywhere: Essays on Place from Aotearoa New Zealand Ingrid Horrocks and Cherie Lacey (eds) Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781776560707 At a time when much of Europe is preoccupied with redefining – and defending – boundaries, New Zealand is

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If music be … Elspeth Sandys

The Conductor Sarah Quigley Vintage, $39.99, ISBN 9781869795061   Any author setting out to write a novel with a man or woman of acknowledged genius at its centre is setting herself a Herculean task. When the genius is also a

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Remind me where we are now, Nicholas Reid

Secret City Vivienne Plumb Cape Catley, $24.99, ISBN 090856189X Shot Sarah Quigley Virago, $34.95, ISBN 1860499635 What country am I in here? Characters get ideas from watching “5.30 With Jude”, there’s a reference to “old Maori guys”, and one of

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The poetics of limitation, John O’Connor

Playing God Glenn Colquhoun Steele Roberts, $24.95, ISBN 1877228753 LOVEINABOOKSTOREORYOURMONEYBACK Sarah Quigley Auckland University Press, $21.95, ISBN 1869402847 People with Real Lives Don’t Need Landscapes John Dolan Auckland University Press, $21.99, ISBN 1869402871   Three books with apparently little in

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The new restlessness, Sarah Quigley

Settler Dreaming Bernadette Hall Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864734247 Porcelain Diana Bridge Auckland University Press, $19.95, ISBN 1869402642 The death of Alan Curnow last year seemed to call for some kind of reassessment of our national poetry, and some

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Poem — Sarah Quigley

Once upon a time You wake up one morning, just like any other morning, and everything sounds the same. The pigeons are chanting in the plane trees, you hear the smack smack of your neighbour’s fist on his punchbag, and

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