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Making it and making it up, C K Stead

Life as a Novel – A Biography of Maurice Shadbolt, Volume I, 1932-1973 Philip Temple David Ling, $45.00, ISBN 9781927305447 Recently, I have been writing an autobiography and consequently hunting out old letters. One I found, written to Kay from…
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Good (wo)men wanted Susan Budd

Floating Lines Denis Baker David Ling, $24.95, ISBN 0908990685 Four Ways to be a Woman Sue Reidy Black Swan, $24.95, ISBN 0552996971   Denis Baker’s first collection of short stories and Sue Reidy’s second novel both examine the roles into…
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The pommie twit and the puppetmaster, Tom Brooking

Hobson Governor of New Zealand 1840–42 Paul Moon David Ling, $49.95, ISBN 0 90899 054 5 To Be A Hero: A Biography of Sir George Grey, 1812–1898 Edmund Bohan HarperCollins, $49.95, ISBN 1 86950 279 5 It is hard to…
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Public postures, private lives, Erik Olssen

Waiting for the Revolution James Edwards David Ling, $24.95, ISBN 0 908990 51 0 Never a White Flag: The Memoirs of Jock Barnes   ed Tom Bramble Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0 86374 344 5 When I was an undergraduate…
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Familiar contours, Kim Worthington

The Snowball Waltz Renée Penguin, $24.95, ISBN 0 140 26885 5 A Tale of Spite and Rancour Josie Mune Penguin, $24.95, ISBN 0 140 26714 X Gingerbread Husbands Barbara Else Godwit, $24.95, ISBN 1 86962 016 X Dreams of America…
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At last, some mayhem, Howard Warner

Mr Halliday and the Circus Master James McNeish David Ling, $19.95, ISBN 0 908990 38 3 The Opawa Affair Edmund Bohan Hazard Press, $19.95, ISBN 0 908790 61 9 Payday in Saudi Selwyn Carson Arrow, $17.95, ISBN 1 86941 285…
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Ironies with wry detachment, Iain Sharp

My Name is Paradiso James McNeish David Ling, $24.95 ISBN 0908990278 On the back cover of his seventh novel, there’s a head-and-shoulders photograph of James McNeish taken by his wife, Helen. The author has been caught midway through the process…
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