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Always something to behave about, Damien Wilkins

Damien Wilkins pays tribute to Barbara Anderson (1926-2013).   With her cultured Anglo voice (boarding school in New Zealand and years as a naval wife in England), her title (she was Lady Anderson following Neil’s knighthood), her height, elegance, beads,

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Stabs of recognition, Joanne Drayton

Getting There: An Autobiography Barbara Anderson Victoria University Press, $50.00,  ISBN 9780864735904 Each weekday morning Barbara Anderson sets off for the office. Her routine is ritualised.  She buys lunch, drinks a cup of coffee while she casts an eye over

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Telling moments, Lawrence Jones

Collected Stories Barbara Anderson Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864734980 In the “Author’s Note” prefacing her The Peacocks and Other Stories, Barbara Anderson said that she found “writing short stories requires a completely different technique from writing novels”, and that

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Satiric barbs and Danish cross-stitch, Margot Schwass

Change of heart Barbara Anderson Victoria University Press, $27.95, ISBN 0864734662 yet another ghastly christmas Shonagh Koea Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 186941568X These new novels by Barbara Anderson and Shonagh Koea sit comfortably together, like well-chosen china teacups. Their worlds have

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Jaunts and junkets, Linda Burgess

The Swing Around Barbara Anderson Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864734220 There’s a certain anxiety that accompanies writing this review. Embarrassingly, it’s to do with a fear of mixing metaphors (as opposed to, say, starting a sentence with an adverb.)

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Faint hopes and the self, Heather Murray

Proud Garments Barbara Anderson Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0 86473 316 X Proud Garments is a perfect novel for the end of a century,  an elegy for an age, not going out with the atomic bang we might once

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Of an age, Heather Murray

River Lines Elspeth Sandys Hodder Moa Beckett, $29.95, ISBN 3 4059998 7 Leather Wings Marilyn Duckworth Random House Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1 86941 261 3 Zoology Sheridan Keith Penguin, $24.95, ISBN 0 14025281 9 The House Guest Barbara Anderson Victoria

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A radical notion, Sharon Crosbie

Lives on Fire Rosie Scott, Sceptre New Zealand, $19.95 All the Nice Girls Barbara Anderson, Victoria University Press, $24.95 It had to happen, I guess. It seems just yesterday that we were standing in bookshops, spellbound at the sight of

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Rich and expansive, Jane Parkin

Portrait of The Artist’s Wife Barbara Anderson, Victoria University Press, Wellington Sarah Tandy is the artist’s wife. Her husband, Jack Macalister, is an aspiring, finally famous novelist, but if he shines most brightly in the public spotlight, she too has

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Understated revelations, Doreen D’Cruz

Girls High Barbara Anderson Victoria University Press, Wellington, 1990, $24.95 Barbara Anderson willingly allowed her mettle as a storyteller to be tested when she located her stories in the familiar physical environment of a Girls’ High School. This is a

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