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A damn good shake up, Beryl Fletcher

Caging Skies Christine Leunens Vintage, $27.99, ISBN 9781869419578 Remember Me Derek Hansen HarperCollins, $34.99, ISBN 9780732287160 Miss Me a Lot Of Louise Wareham Leonard Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9780864735553 In New Zealand Books Autumn 2008, Elizabeth Caffin writes that…
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Confessions of an historical romance virgin, Beryl Fletcher

The Paua Tower Coral Atkinson Black Swan, $27.99, ISBN 1869417623 The Sawdust Makers Jackie Fraser Hazard Press, $34.99, ISBN 187739307X Kitty  Deborah Challinor HarperCollins, $34.99 ISBN 1869506014 First, a confession: I’m an historical romance virgin. This is either a good…
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Remembrance of things past, Peter Wells

The House at Karamu Beryl Fletcher Spinifex, $29.95, ISBN 1876756357 Travelling with Augusta 1835 and 1999  Ingrid Horrocks Victoria University Press, $34.95, ISBN 0864734476 Initially, when I received these two books for review, I thought I would resist the contrast-and-compare…
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Telling tales, Tessa Barringer

Black Light Laura Solomon Tandem Press, $24.95 ISBN 0 908884 80 x The Silicon Tongue Beryl Fletcher Spinifex Press, $24.95 ISBN 1 875559 49 3 On the Grapevine Linda Burgess University of Otago Press, $24.95 ISBN 1 877133 12 4…
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Modern Helen of Troy disappoints, Stephanie Edmond

The Iron Mouth Beryl Fletcher, Daphne Brasell Associates Press, $32.95 The Iron Mouth, Beryl Fletcher’s second story in a trilogy of feminist novels, is written on two levels. On one level, it is a simple novel about a crowd of…
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Two sisters and a witch, Rebekah Palmer

The Word Burners Beryl Fletcher, Daphne Brasell Associates, Wellington, 1991, $19.95 Finding Out Elspeth Sandys, Vintage New Zealand, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 The night-witch is invoked early in The Word Burners. The main character, Julia, tells her children of a lonely…
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