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Issue 99 Spring 2012

  Volume 22 | Number 3 | Issue 99 | Spring 2012 Letters Elspeth Sandys: Emily Perkins, The Forrests Chris Else:Russell Haley, The Spaces Between; Julian Novitz, Little Sister; Gigi Fenster, The Intentions Book Nicholas Reid: Lawrence Patchett, I Got

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Letters — Issue 99

The darker side of mania In his recent review of my memoir Taming the Tiger (NZB, Winter 2012) David Cohen pays me several nice compliments. Yet, on the whole, the review is written with an asininely superior style typical of

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Poem — Caoilinn Hughes

The Transit of Venus They will lift their pencils and angle them like life drawers, sizing up Venus against Sól with abstract sums, stiff deductions. They may see the lead and sniff at how far we have arisen. They may

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Dying falls, Elspeth Sandys

The Forrests Emily Perkins Bloomsbury Circus, $30.00, ISBN 9781408809235   By the time I came to read Emily Perkins’s novel The Forrests, it had already attracted considerable controversy: on the one hand, there were the comparisons with Virginia Woolf and

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Difficult presents, Chris Else

The Spaces Between  Russell Haley Adastra Productions, $25.00, ISBN 9780473203856   Little Sister  Julian Novitz Vintage, $29.00, ISBN 9781869798246   The Intentions Book  Gigi Fenster Victoria University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9780864738233   The Spaces Between is Russell Haley’s eighth book

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That foreign country the past, Nicholas Reid

I Got His Blood on Me Lawrence Patchett Victoria University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9780864737687   Who has whose blood on him? The narrator of the title story I Got His Blood on Me is smeared with the blood of an

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Stops, detours and explorations, Helen Watson White

Old New World: Photographs by Mary Macpherson Lopdell House Gallery, $50.00, ISBN 9780987659712 Published as PhotoForum issue 81, in collaboration with PhotoForum Inc, ISSN 01110411   In the interview with Gregory O’Brien that prefaces Old New World, a large-format book

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Self-portrait with encounters, Martin Edmond

Touchstones: A Memoir James McNeish Vintage, $30.00, ISBN 9781869799328 The first book I was ever asked to review, way back in the early 1970s, was James McNeish’s Mackenzie – a work as idiosyncratic, obdurate and strange as the man it

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Myth making, Angelina Sbroma

The Enchanted Flute James Norcliffe Longacre, $20.00, ISBN 9781869799267   Heart of Danger Fleur Beale Random House, $20.00, ISBN 9781869795436   In The Enchanted Flute, James Norcliffe (author of the celebrated Loblolly Boy series) makes classical myth the source and

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Torn up and homesick, Joanne Drayton

A Good Mail: Letters of John Mulgan Peter Whiteford (ed) Victoria University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9780864736932   Journey to Oxford  John Mulgan (Peter Whiteford ed) Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9780864738196   The end of John Mulgan’s life in Cairo,

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