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Wrenching love, Harry Ricketts

Boundaries: People and Places of Central Otago Brian Turner (Steve Calveley photographer) Godwit, $45.00, ISBN 9781775538318 Early in this composite prose-poetry miscellany about Central Otago, Brian Turner quotes with approval from the English poet Edward Thomas’s “The Mountain Chapel”: “When…
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Truth eating, Harry Ricketts

Inside Outside Brian Turner Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9780864736536   Coming Ashore Peter Bland Steele Roberts, $19.99, ISBN 9781877577499   Fly Boy Jeffrey Paparoa Holman Steele Roberts, $19.99, ISBN 97818544125   “I seek to honour/the truculent/genesis of living,” states…
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Poem — Brian Turner

Beachfront   So much advice coming your way like wind-blown leaves. ‘Never give up until you see indifference,’ one says; another, a woman recently split from her husband ‘for no good reason’, tells you ‘few women ignore persistence, so keep it…
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Moving deeper, John Horrocks

Mirabile Dictu Michele Leggott Auckland University Press, $27.99, ISBN 9781869404406 The Lustre Jug Bernadette Hall Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780864736086 Just This Brian Turner Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780864735911 One can expect that these new collections by three…
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Zero waste, Martin Edmond

Into the Wider World: A Back Country Miscellany Brian Turner Godwit, $44.99, ISBN 9781869621421 Near the beginning of the seventh of the 34 essays in this book, the 16-year-old Brian Turner, full of teenage angst and contemplating suicide, is sitting…
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Poem — Brian Turner

High Windows If you want to compliment someone call him grounded.  If you want to do him a favour  pray that there’s more order than chaos, more love    than hatred and resentment in his life, that  transfiguration and redemption are…
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The sins of our fathers, Brian Turner

Theatre Country: Essays on Landscape and Whenua Geoff Park Victoria University Press, $39.95, ISBN 0864734573 In his excellent address to the New Zealand Landscape conference in 2003, included in Theatre Country under the title “A Moment in History”, Geoff Park…
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Posted in History, Natural History, Non-fiction, Review

Despatches from the rugby jungle, Paul Thomas

Inside Anton Oliver with Brian Turner Hodder Moa, $49.99, ISBN 1869589912 The Winter Game: Rediscovering the Passion of Rugby Todd R Nicholls Mainstream Publishing, $49.95, ISBN 1840189150 The New Zealand book trade has long had a vested interest in demythologising…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Review, Sport

Hymns, history and haemorrhoids, Janet Hughes

Three Regrets and a Hymn to Beauty Ian Wedde Auckland University Press, $22.00, ISBN 1869403495 Afternoon of an Evening Train Gregory O’Brien Victoria University Press, $21.99, ISBN 9864735014 Oooooo…..!!! Hone Tuwhare Steele Roberts, $24.95, ISBN 1877338699 Footfall Brian Turner Godwit,…
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Gardening as rebellion, Brian Turner

This Piece of Earth: A Life in My New Zealand Garden Harvey McQueen Awa Press, $34.95, ISBN 0958253838 Reading Harvey McQueen’s account of a year’s engagement with his garden has confirmed what I’ve thought for a long time: you have…
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