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Telling stories Catharina van Bohemen

Singing Historian: A Memoir Edmund Bohan Canterbury University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781927145319 Sarah Vaughan Is not my Mother: A Memoir of Madness  Maryjane Thomson Awa Press, $35.00, ISBN 9781877551802 Where the Rainbow Fell Down: A New Zealand Memoir Lynette Robinson…
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Skewed unforgettable normalities, Catharina van Bohemen

At the End of Darwin Road – A Memoir  Fiona Kidman Vintage, $34.99, ISBN 9781869419448 Muck: A Memoir Craig Sherborne Victoria University Press, $30.00,  ISBN 9780864735683 Digging for Spain: A Writer’s Journey Penelope Todd Longacre Press, $29.99, ISBN 9781877361968 “The…
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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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Lost love, Catharina van Bohemen

Come Yesterday  Sue Emms Hazard Press, $29.99, ISBN 1877270768 The Lie of the Land  Rhonda Bartle Hazard Press, $29.99, ISBN 1877270814 K Road  Ted Dawe Longacre Press, $29.95, ISBN 1877361194 Three second novels by literary latecomers, or writers “d’un certain…
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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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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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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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Faith’ll fix it, Catharina Van Bohemen

faithsinger Rosie Scott Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1869414667 “It’s a delightful reversal that I’ve become more radical as I’ve gotten older. I get so enraged by the kind of social injustice I feel”: Rosie Scott in an interview with Rob O’Neill…
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Provoking self-knowledge, Catharina van Bohemen

Provocation Charlotte Grimshaw ABACUS, $29.95, ISBN 0 349 11122 7 On a grey Auckland morning in a large house overlooking the harbour, Stella is watching television. She’s waiting for the staff to arrive. The house belongs to her lover, Stuart…
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Fear and loneliness in Grey Lynn, Catharina van Bohemen

Guilt  Charlotte Grimshaw Abacus, $29.95, ISBN 0349111960   Among the chorus of young women’s voices emerging presently in NZ writing, Charlotte Grimshaw’s is strong and distinctive. Her two novels Provocation and Guilt are set mainly in Auckland and evoke a…
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