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Mystery, wisdom and complication, Gregory O’Brien

The Lives of Coat Hangers Sudesh Mishra University of Otago Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781927322376 “A thing is a hole in a thing it is not.” I was reminded of American sculptor Carl Andre’s words, as I read Sudesh Mishra’s remarkable

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Interesting exercise in failure, Jane Stafford

The Story of a New Zealand Writer: Jane Mander   Rae McGregor University of Otago Press, $34.95, ISBN 1 877133 37 X Name the New Zealand woman writer, born in the late 19th century to a prosperous middle-class family, with

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Telling tales, Tessa Barringer

Black Light Laura Solomon Tandem Press, $24.95 ISBN 0 908884 80 x The Silicon Tongue Beryl Fletcher Spinifex Press, $24.95 ISBN 1 875559 49 3 On the Grapevine Linda Burgess University of Otago Press, $24.95 ISBN 1 877133 12 4

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All the poorer for it, Colin James

Income Distribution in New Zealand George Barker Institute of Policy Studies, $24.00, ISBN 0 908935 09 9 Too Right Mate Bernard Gadd, John O’Connor, Anna Tarm Hallard Press, no price, ISBN 0 86477 041 3 Ministers and Members in the

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Tales from a teenage colony, Harvey McQueen

The Duel on the Creek… and other tales of Victorian New Zealand Ray Hargreaves and Peter Holland (eds) University of Otago Press, $24.95 ISBN 0908569912 In the hastily constructed miners huts, over the elegant drawing room tea‑cups, around the boiling

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Breaking the silence, Katherine Findlay

The Middle Bridge: A New Zealand childhood Sheryl Jennings Tandem Press, $19.95, ISBN 0 908884508 Warriors of Truth: Adult Survivors Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse Kim McGregor University of Otago Press, $29.95, ISBN 0 90856984X Invisible Wounds: A Self‑help Guide

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Varying power and art, Kim Worthington

Between Friends Linda Burgess University of Otago Press, $24.95 Cowrie Cathie Dunsford Tandem Press, $19.95 In Translation Annamarie Jagose Victoria University Press $24.95 Sing to Me, Dreamer Shonagh Koea Random House, $24.95 Having recently returned to New Zealand after several

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Trapped in the looking‑glass, Tessa Barringer

Janet Frame: Subversive Fictions Gina Mercer University of Otago Press, $29.95 In her discussion of Janet Frame’s tenth novel, Living in the Maniototo, Australian critic Gina Mercer suggests that “Frame sets up a fun parlour in which mirrors distort the

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The thrill of discovery, Christine Tremewan

Traditional Lifeways of the Southern Maori, by James Herries Beattie Atholl Anderson (ed) University of Otago Press in association with Otago Museum, $59.95   The South Island has not been as fortunate as the North with tribal histories. The slim

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Nicholas Reid: Overturning arcadianism

Breath Becomes the Wind Simon Rae University of Otago Press, $39.95 Islands of the Dawn Robert S Ellwood University of Hawaii Press, $32.00 Permit me to remind you of two inane stereotypes, which lurk in the minds of secular liberals

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