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Invitation to a smorgasbord, Christine Johnston

The Cat’s Whiskers: New Zealand Writers on Cats ed Peter Wells Random House, $29.95, ISBN 1869417453 The Best New Zealand Fiction Volume 2 ed Fiona Kidman Random House, $29.95, ISBN 1869417402 Huia Short Stories 6: Contemporary Maori Fiction Huia, $29.95,…
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Woman alone, Lawrence Jones

The Captive Wife Fiona Kidman Vintage, $27.95, ISBN 1869416864   The title of The Captive Wife and the setting, New Zealand and Australia of the 1930s, lead us to expect a colonial captivity narrative, and it is present in Betty…
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Hereafter, Nicholas Reid

The Best New Zealand Fiction Volume 1 ed Fiona Kidman Vintage, $29.95, ISBN 1869416643 The Keys to Hell Jo Randerson, illustrations by Taika Waititi Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864734794 First, a simple bibliographical description. Best New  Zealand Fiction Volume…
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What’s on the menu, Shelagh Duckham Cox

Songs from the Violet Café Fiona Kidman Random House, $26.95, ISBN 1869414055 In his 1984 essay “Reflections on Exile”, Edward Said remarks: Most people are principally aware of one culture, one setting, one home; exiles are aware of at least…
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The terror of the ordinary, Paul Millar

A Needle in the Heart Fiona Kidman Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 186941523X The six stories in A Needle in the Heart confirm Fiona Kidman’s place among the top tier of New Zealand short story writers. This is no small success as…
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Hard looks at a hard emotion, Sarah Quigley

New Zealand Love Stories ed Fiona Kidman Oxford University Press, $45.00, ISBN 0 19 558399 X There’s a line in Maurice Duggan’s story “Along Rideout Road That Summer” which could be blazoned across the cover of this new anthology. The…
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More realist than feminist, Lawrence Jones

The Best of Fiona Kidman’s Short Stories Vintage, $29.95, ISBN 1 86941 350 4 Some years ago I was judge for the Bank of New Zealand Katherine Mansfield Awards, and one of the best stories entered, one that made my…
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Domestic and dystopian, Elizabeth Crayford

The House Within Fiona Kidman Vintage $29.95 ISBN 1 86941 316 4 Studmuffin Marilyn Duckworth Vintage $29.95 ISBN 1 86941 329 6 In the week this review was written (mid-December 1997), Wellingtonians were invited to hear Lois Daish and Fiona…
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Gripping, lyrical Kidman, Janet Wilson

Ricochet Baby Fiona Kidman Vintage, $29.95, ISBN 1 86941 304 0 Fiona Kidman is today more than ever in command of her craft. Ricochet Baby, her new novel— and first book since the semi-autobiographical volume, Palm Prints (1994) — will…
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Saying it like it is, Jane Stafford

Palm Prints Fiona Kidman Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1 86941 228 1 Then and There: a Seventies Diary Dennis McEldowney Auckland University Press, $34.95, ISBN 1 86950 116 6 Accidental Life Phoebe Meikle Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1 86940 108…
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