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Acts political, Vanda Symon

Paul Thomas
Upstart Press, $35.00, ISBN 9781927262016

Where the Dead Men Go
Liam McIlvanney
Faber & Faber, $25.00, ISBN 9780571239863

New Zealand crime fiction is going from strength to strength, with great work being published by old favourites as well as the up-and-coming. This pair of novels by writers Paul Thomas and Liam McIlvanney explore the minefield of the political realm to underpin their stories.

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Not the Wairarapa? Shelagh Duckham Cox

Featherstone Kirsty Gunn Faber & Faber,  $34.95, ISBN 0571212476 The epigraph is an entry in an imagined handbook. It provides information you’d expect from a motoring guide about a small town you’ve never visited before, and it’s in the same format

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A state of acceptance? Bill Sewell

A Blue Monkey for the Tomb Hubert Witheford Faber & Faber £5.99 (approx NZ$15) Hubert Witheford presents a problem to literary historians. In some respects, he fits the profile of a New Zealand poet of his generation (he was born

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Ships that can sink without trace, Roger Robinson

The Faber Book of Contemporary South Pacific Stories C K Stead (ed), Faber & Faber, distributed in New Zealand by Penguin, $39.95 This is the riskiest review I’ve done since I got stuck with The Satanic Verses. Worse, really; I’d

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