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Sport and sexuality, Bill Hastings

Broken Play Nicholas Sheppard RSVP, $35.00, ISBN 9780994140814 Grant Robertson, our minister of finance, has a picture in his office of a rugby team called the Krazy Knights. The photo was taken 20 years ago. He is in it. All…
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Back in the day, Chris Else

Tane’s War Brendaniel Weir Cloud Ink Press, $30.00, ISBN 9780473415648 Gone to Pegasus Tess Redgrave Submarine, $35.00, ISBN 9780473419196 Rotoroa Amy Head Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781776561919 Over the last ten years or so, the number of established New…
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Fathoms deep, James Robins

The New Ships Kate Duignan Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781776561889 It’s a deeply distressing thing to find the word “bugger” on the first page of a New Zealand writer’s novel. Rather like opening some French fiction to discover “sacré…
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Writing in circles, Kate Duignan

Caroline’s Bikini Kirsty Gunn Faber and Faber, $33.00, ISBN 9780571339334 Caroline’s Bikini is a text written by Emily Stuart, in which she “takes dictation” from her oldest friend, Evan Gordonston, recently returned from the United States to London, and helplessly…
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Speculating on the speculative, Annabel Gooder

Te Kōrero Ahi Kā: To Speak of the Home Fires Burning Grace Bridges, Lee Murray and Aaron Compton (eds) SpecFicNZ, $25.00, ISBN 9780473428341 “Ahi Kā”, the opening to this speculative fiction anthology, is a sonnet framing prose, blending Māori myth…
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Balancing pathos, Janet Wilson

This Mortal Boy: A Novel Fiona Kidman Penguin Random House, $38.00, ISBN 9780143771807 In This Mortal Boy (with its subtle, sad echo of Brendan Behan’s novel, Borstal Boy), Fiona Kidman gives a semi-fictional reconstruction of the highly publicised case of…
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Revenge, arguments and silliness, Bernard Carpinter

Marlborough Man Alan Carter Fremantle Press, $38.00, ISBN 978125164534 Presumed Guilty Mark McGinn Merlot Publishing, $33.00, ISBN 9781513618609 The Empty Coffin Gary Moore Mary Egan Publishing, $30.00, ISBN 9780473388959 Fans of New Zealand crime fiction can add one more name…
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Back in the day, Gavin McLean

Moo and Moo and the Little Calf too Jane Millton (Deborah Hinde illus) Allen and Unwin, $20.00, ISBN 978877505928 Allis the Little Tractor Sophie Siers (Helen Kerridge illus) Millwood-Heritage Productions, $20.00, ISBN 9780473329594 The Viaduct Postcard Susan Price (Judith Trevelyan…
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Fighting a good fight, Tatjana Schaefer

Flight Path David Hill Puffin, $20.00, ISBN 9780143770527 The Traitor and the Thief Gareth Ward Walker Books, $20.00, ISBN 9781925381504 Helper and Helper Joy Cowley (Gavin Bishop illus) Gecko Press, $23.00, ISBN 9781776571055 In this, the last year of the…
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Writing the self, again, John McCrystal

Mazarine Charlotte Grimshaw Penguin Random House, $38.00, ISBN 9780143771821 “Long ago”, the central character of Mazarine, Charlotte Grimshaw’s latest novel, writes, “I’d had an idea for a series of books in which the narratives were linked in the shape of…
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