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Alternate lives, Louise O’Brien

Don Vicente’s Daughter and Other Stories John Parkyn Oceanbooks, price unavailable, ISBN 978192715012 All the Voices Cry  Alice Petersen Biblioasis, $15.95, ISBN 978196845524  Ancestry Albert Wendt Huia, $35.00, ISBN 9781775500377 John Parkyn’s first volume of short stories, Don Vicente’s Daughter…
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Green thoughts in green shades, Hugh Roberts

The Truth Garden Emma Neale Otago University Press, $30.00,  ISBN 9781877578250 The Bengal Engine’s Mango Afterglow Geoff Cochrane Victoria University Press, $25.00,  ISBN 9780864737618 Warm Auditorium James Brown Victoria University Press, $28.00,  ISBN 9780864737649 From Manoa to a Ponsonby Garden…
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The good, the bad and the epic, Louise O’Brien

As the Earth Turns Silver Alison Wong Penguin Books, $37.00, ISBN 0143011677 Who Sings for Lu?  Alan Duff Vintage, $36.99, ISBN 9781869790585 The Adventures of Vela Albert Wendt Huia, $35.00, ISBN 9781869693633 Alison Wong’s As the Earth Turns Silver describes…
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The necessity of lying, Mark Williams

Surfaces of Strangeness: Janet Frame and the Rhetoric of Madness Simone Oettli-van Delden Victoria University Press, $39.95, ISBN 0864734565 Albert Wendt and Pacific Literature: Circling the Void Paul Sharrad Auckland University Press, $44.99, ISBN 1869403037 For a supposedly puritanical country…
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Indigenous voices, colonial language, Cilla McQueen

Whetu Moana – Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English ed Albert Wendt, Reina Whaitiri & Robert Sullivan Auckland University Press, $49.95, ISBN 1869402731 Captain Cook in the Underworld Robert Sullivan Auckland University Press, $21.95, ISBN 1869402812   “Before had England even…
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Away from home, David Eggleton

First and Last Songs Alan Riach Auckland University Press, $19.95, ISBN 1 869401220 Photographs Albert Wendt Auckland University Press, $19.95, ISBN 1 869401220 The notes at the back refer to quotations from Robert Burns’ Poems and Songs, and on the…
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Cryptic crosswords and intellectual judo, Chris Else

Black Rainbow Albert Wendt, Penguin, $29.95 Octavio’s Last Invention Michael Morrissey, Brick Row, $27.95 The world of Black Rainbow is a futuristic parody based on New Zealand Pakeha values, a world without crime, poverty or unemployment founded on a comfortable,…
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Ambitious novel on a world stage, Erick Brenstrum

Ola Albert Wendt, Penguin, Auckland, 1991, $34.95 At the beginning of Albert Wendt’s new novel he plays a game with the reader. ‘None of what follows’, he says, ‘was written by me’. It was, in fact, written by a woman…
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