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Poem — Julie Leibrich

The Jug   Almost an indecent act. Indelicate at least. Yet as I wash away three hundred years of grime I speed through light years of combustion. Past the wars, the Regency and all the Georges strung in line to

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Here and now, Tom Beard

Scenes from a Small City Lauris Edmond, Daphne Brassell Associates, $24.95   Lauris Edmond’s poems have always conveyed a strong sense of time and place, so it is no surprise that in a volume based around life in Wellington the

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Making women’s past accessible, Barbara Brookes

Standing in the Sunshine: A history of New Zealand Women Since They Won the Vote Sandra Coney, Penguin Books, $59.95 Women’s history, once a marginal pursuit and still not entirely integrated into the academy, is popular. Each year, and particularly

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A quite atypical farm, Tom Brooking

Imperial Patriot: Charles Alma Baker and the History of Limestone Downs Barrie Macdonald, Bridget Williams Books, $59.95 One of the strangest features of New Zealand’s written history is that the rural sector has been relatively neglected. Even though farming, apart

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Removing the adult voice, Kathryn Walls

Baker’s Dozen Tom Bradley, HarperCollins, $12.95 Saved by Ryan Kane Pauline Cartwright, Ashton Scholastic, $7.95 The Secret of Boomer Lake Ken Catran, HarperCollins, $10.95 The Breakdown Day Dorothy Butler, Ashton Scholastic, $12.95 Tom Bradley’s Baker’s Dozen is a collection of

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Composed of small moments, Rod McGregor

The Miserables Damien Wilkins, Victoria University Press, 1993, $24.95 This, Damien Wilkins’s first novel, seems a natural extension of his earlier stories and poems. It is a bildungsroman of a very modernistic sort, tightly written, concise in scope but large

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The same old plot, Colleen Reilly

Like You, Really Kate Flannery, Penguin Books, $24.95 The Wife Who Spoke Japanese in Her Sleep Vivienne Plumb, Otago University Press, $24.95 Best Friends Elspeth Sandys, David Ling, $19.95 All the Tenderness Left in the World Stephanie Johnson, Otago University

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Rich and disturbing detail, Lydia Wevers

The Sky People and Other Stories Patricia Grace, Penguin Books, $24.95 The Ace of Diamonds Gang and Other Stories Owen Marshall, John McIndoe, $19.95 The Foreign Woman Fiona Kidman, Vintage, $19.95 All the Tenderness Left in the World Stephanie Johnson,

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Letters – Issue 12

Dear Editor I am sorry that Roger Hall was upset by a review of Maurice Gee’s Going West which let the cat out of the bag, but pleased, for him, that he had already read the book and was not

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Punditry and punchups: Writers and Readers Week at the Wellington Festival, Jane Stafford

Get out your travelling rug and air cushion, fill the thermos, select a light paperback in case things should flag. Sharpen your wit – for question time, and your elbows – for the queues beforehand. It’s Writers and Readers Week

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