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Barbara Murison: Somewhere to begin

Flash Ashley and Woody and Friend John Parker HarperCollins,  each $9.95 Fuss the Farm Dog and David and the Monster Gaelyn Gordon HarperCollins, each $9.95 Series of books for beginning and reluctant readers have been around for the past 40…
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Unacknowledged legislators, Diane Hebley

Zigzag William Taylor (ed), Penguin, $19.95 Slide the Corner Fleur Beale, Ashton Scholastic Take Me to Your Leaders Gaelyn Gordon, Tui Harper/Collins, $14.95 Those who support New Zealand literature for children and young adults have always claimed the justification for…
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Beach holiday is a convoluted affair, The Monday Book Group

Last Summer Gaelyn Gordon, David Ling Publishing, $24.95 Gaelyn Gordon writes well enough, and this, her third book for adults (she has previously written for children), is a ripping yarn. The simple quality of her writing is perhaps intended as…
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Diverse enjoyable strands, Heather Roberts

A Population of One Alice Glenday, Vintage, Auckland, 1991, $19.95 The Peace Monster John Smythe, Vintage, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 The Widowhood of Jacki Bates Frances Cherry, New Women’s Press, Auckland 1991, $19.95 Strained Relations Gaelyn Gordon, Vintage, Auckland, 1991, $24.95…
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