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Imagined pasts, alternative futures, Craig Cliff

The Necessary Angel C K Stead Allen and Unwin, $37.00, ISBN 9781760631529 Salt Picnic Patrick Evans Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781776561698 Our Future is in the Air Tim Corballis Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781776561179 When a white male…
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Maybe, maybe not, Craig Cliff

The Writers’ Festival Stephanie Johnson Vintage, $38.00 ISBN 9781775537984 Taken together, Stephanie Johnson’s The Writing Class (2013) and her latest novel, The Writers’ Festival, are a study in ambivalence. Can creative writing be taught? the first asks. Maybe, maybe not.…
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Monsters beyond the swampbrink, Craig Cliff

Fiction Lamplighter Kerry Donovan Brown Victoria University Press ISBN 9780864739162 Maria Susanna Cummins’s sentimental novel The Lamplighter (1854) was a bestseller in its time. It tells the story of a mistreated orphan, Gertrude, who’s rescued by Trueman Flint, a lamplighter.…
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The dark and dank, Eleanor Toland

The Demolition of the Century  Duncan Sarkies Penguin Books, $30.00, ISBN 9780143568902 The Mannequin Makers Craig Cliff Random House, $38.00, ISBN 9781775533849 The Wind City Summer Wigmore Steam Press, $30.00, ISBN 9780992257804 Traditionally, the gothic is a northern genre. The…
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What am I doing here? Nicholas Reid

A Man Melting Craig Cliff Vintage, $29.99, ISBN 9781869791926   Everything We Hoped For Pip Adam Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9780864736253   Once upon a Time in Aotearoa Tina Makereti Huia, $30.00, ISBN 978186969166   He ran his right…
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