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From a work in progress, Damien Wilkins

Finally she found the room. Truly they’d banished him and as she pulled up a chair beside the bed and took out the patient’s file from her folder, she had the question in her head, if this man is dangerous,

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The rhythm method, Paola Bilbrough

From the Author of Nick Ascroft Victoria University Press, $19.95, ISBN 0864733887 Animals Indoors Stephanie de Montalk Victoria University Press, $19.95, ISBN 0864733895 A close-up of a bat’s face and prehensile paws adorn the cover of Nick Ascroft’s first collection

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From the sin bin, Bernard Carpinter

The Cassino Legacy Michael Wall Penguin, $19.95, ISBN 0140288368 Cardinal Sins Michael Wall HarperCollins, $19.95, ISBN 1869503619 Michael Wall wants to see his name on the airport bookshelves of the world. He is making serious and professional efforts to write,

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Hello to Berlin, Cilla McQueen

New Zealand writers abroad A German visitor to the Berlin Colloquium held in Wellington in August mentioned that she felt so “far away” that the New Zealand television news seemed to have little relevance. Far away from where? I wondered,

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Modern, John Campbell

Full Circle: A Modern Morality Tale Bob Jones Hazard Press, $24.95, ISBN 1877161764   Modern Morality Tale.” Let’s begin with those  words.  And of those words, there’s one in particular I really want you to think about: ”Modern”. “Modern” is a

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Hanging matter, Marion McLeod

The Curative Charlotte Randall Penguin, $24.95, ISBN 0140297537 This is an amazing and amazingly good novel. The second novel is supposed to be the hardest but any reader coming to this one “blind” would judge it to be the work

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Catherine Chidgey — work in progress

From a work in progress [Marin and his brother Ivan are living in a rough gumfield whare in the far north of New Zealand around 1900. This section opens with a letter from Marin to his sister.]   A strange

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Regeneration, Joan Rosier-Jones

Grand Stands ed Barbara Else Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1869414144 Grandparenting with Love and Laughter Trish Gribben Tandem, $29.95, ISBN 1877178683 Baby boomers are heading into the golden age. Well-educated, fit and lively, they are exchanging the will to be perfect

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I remember, I remember, Jane Bowron

The High Jump: A New Zealand Childhood  Elizabeth Knox Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864733372   Anyone who grew up in New Zealand in the 1960s and ’70s can bask in the nostalgia of Elizabeth Knox’s trilogy The High Jump

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Poem — Kate Camp

Admit one   Cranes like cranes above the city. The city is a poem that says no matter what boat you take you cannot find the boat to take you from yourself to yourself. The man who is part of

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