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Driving home, Ann Beaglehole

Migrant Journeys: New Zealand Taxi Drivers tell their Stories Adrienne Jansen and Liz Grant (Michael Hall photographer) Bridget Williams Books, $40.00, ISBN 9781927277331 In Adrienne Jansen’s 1990 book I Have in My Arms Both Ways, 10 immigrant women told their

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Writing on the high wire, Sue McCauley

The Score
Adrienne Jansen
Escalator Press, $28.00,
ISBN 978047325328

The Virgin & the Whale
Carl Nixon
Vintage, $38.00,
ISBN 9781775533757

I’m Working on a Building
Pip Adam
Victoria University Press, $30.00,
ISBN 9780864738981

When more than one book is featured in a review, does the order in which those books are first read have an impact on the reviewer’s perceptions? I’m hoping it doesn’t. But I can’t quite rid myself of the feeling that, had I read them in reverse order, I might have felt better served.

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People like us, Jane Westaway

Holy Days Joy Cowley Penguin, $34.95, ISBN 0141004169 Breakwater Kate Duignan Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864734174 Floating the Fish on Bamboo Adrienne Jansen HarperCollins, $24.95, ISBN 1869503988 Domestic realism is the meat and potatoes of contemporary fiction. So it

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Elliptical documentaries, Paola Bilbrough

A Stone Seat and a Shadow Tree Adrienne Jansen Inkweed, $19.95, ISBN 0473072556 The best poems in Adrienne Jansen’s A Stone Seat and a Shadow Tree have a lucid simplicity to them. The most compelling are those about beginnings and

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Poem — Adrienne Jansen

The Sea Horse It was transparently still in the water just the kick of a stone from your foot. You said, “I’ve never seen a sea horse live before.” But it was hardly alive. It was clear glass, bones in

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Boxing the compass, David Eggleton

How Things Are Adrienne Jansen, Harry Ricketts, J C Sturm and Meg Campbell Whitireia Publishing and Daphne Brasell Press, $21.95 ISBN 0 958351341 four Damien Wilkins, Elizabeth Knox, Bill Manhire and Emily Perkins Published by the authors, no price given,

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