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Whisper and shuffle, Elspeth Sandys

Adam’s Ale Bronwyn Tate Brava Publications, $30.00, ISBN 9780473133986 Reading a novel written while the author was dying and published posthumously, is, inevitably, an experience tinged with sadness. I knew Bronwyn Tate only slightly, but I admit I’ve been unable

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Family gatherings, Isa Moynihan

Lily’s Cupola Bronwyn Tate University of Otago Press, $29.95, ISBN 1877276596 Bloom Kelly Ana Morey Penguin, $27.95, ISBN 0143018922 Joybird Rosemary Wildblood David Ling, $29.95, ISBN 0998990901 The three-generation novel has always been popular with women writers. Besides Lily’s Cupola, Bloom

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Summoning the shark, Catharina van Bohemen

the shark bell Christine Johnston Penguin, $27.95, ISBN 0143018248 Halfway to Africa Bronwyn Tate University of Otago Press, $24.95, ISBN 187727626X The Shark Bell is the story of a summer in the late 1960s St St Clair’s Beach, Dunedin, told

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Thin issues, rich wit, a gang and a psychopath, Heather Murray

The Journey Home Cathie Dunsford Spinifex Press Pty Ltd (Australia), $24.95, ISBN 1 875559 54 X Dr Beale’s Wednesday Liz Falkner Arrow, Random House, $17.95, ISBN 1 86941 297 4 The Visitation Sue Reidy Black Swan, $19.95, ISBN 0 552 99696

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