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Bring on the gothic, Jane Stafford

Fire  Deborah Challinor Harper Collins, $39.99, ISBN 9781869506001 Wild Latitudes Barbara Else Vintage, $27.99, ISBN 9781869418670 A Secret Mind  Kaye Kelly Black Swan, $27.99, ISBN 978869417819 Sylvia lay awake listening to the mournful cry of a morepork. Another noise, a…
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Sizing up sizing down, Rosemary McLeod

Stuff It! A Wicked Approach to Dieting Sarah-Kate Lynch Harper Collins, $19.95 ISBN 1 86950258 2 One day, who knows? We may live in a world in which women are not obsessed by their weight. The time may come, even,…
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An assiduous industry Les Cleveland

Scars on the Heart: Two Centuries of New Zealand at War Chris Pugsley with Laurie Barber, Buddy Mikaere, Nigel Prickett, Rose Young David Bateman in association with the Auckland Museum, $69.95, ISBN 1 86953 301 1 New Zealand and the…
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A kiwi space drama, Trevor Agnew

Deepwater Landing Ken Catran, Harper Collins (Tui), $14.95 Ken Catran is the unsung artisan of young adult writing in this country. He has been writing television scripts (Children of the Dog Star), novels (Steel riders) and film scripts (Alex) for…
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A new frame of reference, Tony Simpson

Frontier New Zealand: The Search for Eldorado 1800-1920 Duncan Mackay, Harper Collins, $34.95   The besetting sin of historical writing is hindsightism.  That is to say, the creation of the illusion that because we have arrived at today’s destination then…
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Women detecting, Margaret Scott

Murder at the Brian Boru Joan Druett, Harper Collins, $19.95 Backtrack Carol Dawber, River Press, $16.95 These two books have some similarities but more, and greater, differences. Both are murder mysteries set in New Zealand with a woman observer/ solver.…
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