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Eluding closure, Louise O’Brien

Listening to the Everly Brothers and Other Stories Elizabeth Smither Penguin, $27.95, ISBN 0143018205 I’ve never been a big fan of the short story. I’ve always found it to be, at once, far too short and far too long. Mired

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From ‘Somebodies and Nobodies’, Brian Turner

From Somebodies and Nobodies: Growing up in an extraordinary sporting family Vintage, $34.95, ISBN 1869415078 Soon after I arrived in Christchurch, so did the Beatles – pure coincidence. I donned my dark grey dufflecoat and lurked on the fringe of

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Memory and practice, James Ritchie

Ko Tahu, Ko Au: Kai Tahu Tribal Identity Hana O’Regan Horomaka Publishing, $29.95, ISBN 0473079518 In their long journeys into time, the cultures of Polynesia were refined, renewed and developed in their contents and characters not by conscious effort but

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Lord Of The Wings, Witi Ihimaera

Lord Of The Wings  (extract from forthcoming novel )   One day Karuhiruhi, chieftain of the large black seashag iwi, decided to leave his cliff-faced pah and travel throughout his coastal kingdom. His wife, Queen Kara, had just given birth

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Fly-swat of the gods Linda Burgess

When Gravity Snaps Owen Marshall Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 1869415280 A small piece of homespun advice before I start. It is not 
a good idea to play country/bluesy/folksy music quietly on your CD player as you read Marshall’s latest collection of

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Empty vessel, Gavin McLean

Joyita: Solving the Mystery David G Wright Auckland University Press, $29.95, ISBN 1869402707 It was a recurring image in New Zealand and Pacific newspapers and magazines 40 to 50 years ago: the waterlogged hull of the old Islands trader Joyita,

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Famous last words, Bill Manhire

  They knew how to die in the old Icelandic sagas. In Grettir’s Saga a man called Atli Asmundarson gets a spear through the stomach. He looks down in surprise, and then – in the middle of a 10th-century wilderness

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The short story of non-fiction, Tony Simpson

When Famous People Come to Town Damien Wilkins On Kissing Kate Camp On Longing Vincent O’Sullivan Four Winds Press, $14.95 each, ISBN 0958237506; 0958237514; 0958237530 Shortly after these little books, none much longer than 50 pages, were published in September

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The father from hell, Julia Millen

In Endless Fear: a true story Colin Crump Penguin, $34.99, ISBN 014301823X The Crump legend again. This time, a bit of a yarn from Barry’s younger brother Colin, about growing up with the father from hell. Wally Crump should never

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Poem — Bernadette Hall

Choccy Bic   “cut my nails for me will ya, sweet chick,” says Nan “they’re sharp as bloody knives.” “sure thing” says Round who’s been hanging out for a choccy bic “that’s the trick!” says Nan and sticks her feet

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