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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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Bring on the gothic, Jane Stafford

Fire  Deborah Challinor Harper Collins, $39.99, ISBN 9781869506001 Wild Latitudes Barbara Else Vintage, $27.99, ISBN 9781869418670 A Secret Mind  Kaye Kelly Black Swan, $27.99, ISBN 978869417819 Sylvia lay awake listening to the mournful cry of a morepork. Another noise, a…
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Another country, Catharina van Bohemen

Alice and Luigi Graeme Lay David Ling, $29.99, ISBN 1877378070 In Touch with Grace Jenny Pattrick Black Swan, $27.99, ISBN 1869417674 As we grow older,  we look over our shoulders. We want to see where we came from, whether our…
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Not Man-alone country, Heather Roberts

Politics 101 Anna Smith Canterbury University Press, $29.95, ISBN 1877257419 The Sound of Butterflies Rachael King Black Swan, $27.99, ISBN 1869417941 Davey Darling Paul Shannon Penguin, $28.00, ISBN 0143020773 Weeping Waters Anne Maria Nicholson HarperCollins, $34.00, ISBN 1869506170 Four debut…
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Various elsewheres, Michael Hulse

Degrees of Separation Laurence Fearnley Penguin, $28.00, ISBN 0143020579 Relative Strangers Emma Neale Vintage, $27.99, ISBN 1869417828 Work in Progress Paul Thomas Black Swan, $27.99, ISBN 1869418255 Shanghai Boy Stevan Eldred-Grigg Vintage, $27.99, ISBN 1869417933   If I didn’t know…
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Ambitious manoeuvres, John McCrystal

Let Me Sing You Gentle Songs Linda Olsson Penguin, $28.00, ISBN 0143020285 Café Wars Barbara Strathdee Tara Publishing, $29.95, ISBN 0476016061 About Turns Maggie Rainey-Smith Black Swan, $27.99, ISBN 1869416791 Look around at any session of any literary festival, and…
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Heroes, villains, fatal flaws, Jenny Robin Jones

Catching the Current Jenny Pattrick Black Swan, $27.95, ISBN 1869417259 Union Belle Deborah Challinor HarperCollins, $31.99, ISBN 186950559X The Love Apple Coral Atkinson Black Swan, $27.95, ISBN 1869417208 New Zealanders, we are told, are avid for their history. To help…
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Like a good ballad, Catharina van Bohemen

Heart of Coal  Jenny Pattrick Black Swan, $26.95, ISBN 186941604X Heart of Coal is the sequel to Jenny Pattrick’s highly Successful Denniston Rose – the story of the isolated inhabitants of the coal-mining town of Denniston on the West Coast.…
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Nasty things people do, Bernard Carpinter

The Temptations of Frederick Weld Michael Wall Black Swan, $26.95, ISBN 1869415930 Devil’s Apple Simon Snow Black Swan, $26.95, ISBN 1869415477 The Monstrance David McGill Silver Owl Press, $24.95, ISBN 095824510X Chicane Colin D Peel HarperCollins, $21.99, ISBN 1869504887 Alternative…
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Heart of the matter, Catharina van Bohemen

The Heart Sutra Caren Wilton University of Otago Press, $29.95, ISBN 187727660X Bosom Buddies: Women’s Stories about Friendship, Love and Life  [Editor not given] Black Swan/Random House, $26.95, ISBN 1869415842 Got the T-shirt? Now buy the book. Bosom Buddies: Women’s…
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