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Before and after, Christina Stachurski

Remembering Christchurch: Voices from Decades Past Alison Parr Penguin, $45.00, ISBN 9780143573371 A Villa at the End of the Empire: One Hundred Ways to Read a City Fiona Farrell Vintage, $40.00, ISBN 9781775537519 King Rich Joe Bennett HarperCollins, $37.00, ISBN…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Sociology

Ths pm is lk a brkn cty, Louise O’Brien

The Broken Book Fiona Farrell Auckland University Press, $34.99, ISBN 9781869405762   Renowned for her short fiction, novels, poetry and plays, Fiona Farrell’s distinguished writing career earned her the 2007 New Zealand Prime Minister’s Award for Fiction. This latest work,…
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Posted in Essays, Literature, Poetry, Review

A hectic ride, Ruth Nichol

Limestone Fiona Farrell Vintage, $29.99, ISBN 9781869791681 By the time Murray lumbers into view on p15 of Fiona Farrell’s latest novel, Limestone, I knew I was in the hands of a writer who really knows what she’s doing. Dr Clare…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review

Snapshots, Christine Johnston

The Best New Zealand Fiction Volume 4 Fiona Farrell (ed),  Vintage, $34.99, ISBN 9781869418779 The Girl Who Proposed: New Short Stories Elizabeth Smither Cape Catley, $29.99, ISBN 9781877340130 Here and There, Now and Then Isa Moynihan Earl of Seacliff Art…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review, Short stories

Slurries of history, Hugh Roberts

The Year of Adverbs Elizabeth Smither Auckland University Press, $14.95,  ISBN 9781869403942  Just Poetry Alistair Te Ariki Campbell HeadworX, $19.99, ISBN 9780473124982 The Pop-up Book of Invasions Fiona Farrell Auckland University Press, $25.00,  ISBN 9781869403881 Villon in Millerton James Norcliffe…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Seeing as God saw, John McCrystal

Mr Allbones’ Ferrets: An Historical Pastoral Satirical Scientifical Romance, with Mustelids Fiona Farrell Vintage, $27.99, ISBN 9781869418649 “What a book a devil’s chaplain might write,” Charles Darwin exclaimed in a letter to eminent botanist J D Hooker, “on the clumsy,…
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Frame with a lighter hand, Mark Williams

Book Book  Fiona Farrell Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 1869416198 I associate being in Christchurch with knowing Fiona Farrell. Both of us came down from provincial North Island cities, Hamilton and Palmerston North, in the early 1990s. I came to teach in…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review

Back to the future, Shelagh Duckham Cox

The Hopeful Traveller Fiona Farrell Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 1869415175 This island novel starts either in 1851 with a rail journey to the Crystal Palace in London or in 2001 in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the two…
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Making light of it, Kim Worthington

Light Readings Fiona Farrell Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1869414578 It is perhaps a commonplace to note that at no point in history have we relied so heavily on the written word, or been such avid readers: of e-mail, junk mail, the…
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Posted in Literature, Review, Short stories
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