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Planting the evidence, Steven Price

Justice With Both Eyes Open  Marc Alexander Hazard Press, $39.95, ISBN 1877270601 The cover of Marc Alexander’s new book exploring the criminal justice system features a laudatory remark taken from criminologist Greg Newbold’s foreword. “Refreshingly free of the mindless ideological…
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Cantankerous, laconic and weird, Margot Schwass

Getting Away With It Kevin Ireland Hazard Press, $29.99, ISBN 1877270792 Butler’s Ringlet Laurence Fearnley Penguin, $28.00, ISBN 0143019198 A Man Who Eats The Heart Josh Greenberg Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864734824 Together, these three novels suggest that the…
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Screen play, Martin Edmond

On River Road Chris Else Random, $26.95, ISBN 1869416236 Tarzan Presley Nigel Cox Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864734808 Stench Mike Johnson Hazard Press, $24.95, ISBN 1877270687 Three books, all works of fiction, all by men who will not see…
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From the edges, Anna Livesey

It Was a Tuesday Morning Peter Olds Hazard Press, $25.00, ISBN 187727075X Natural Anthem Leonard Lambert HeadworX, $19.95, ISBN 0473098032 Recessional Harvey McQueen HeadworX, $19.95, ISBN 0476002710 Peter Olds published work in the iconoclastic literary magazine Freed in the late…
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Moments of triumph, Joan Rosier-Jones

Transit of Venus Rowan Metcalfe Huia, $31.95, ISBN 1869690834 Love in Shades of Grey Glynne MacLean Penguin, $28.00, ISBN 0143019309 Like Small Bones Ruth Pettis Hazard Press, $24.99, ISBN 1877270784 A first novel does not just appear. It is usually…
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Across the great divide, Harvey McQueen

Apes Road: Poems Since 1997 Rob Jackaman Hazard Press, $21.95, ISBN 1877270245 Working Voices John O’Connor & Eric Mould Hallard Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864770480 In his essay “The Narrow-Columned Middle Ground”, Australian Les Murray explores a myth: We tend nowadays…
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Here’s looking at you, kid, John O’Connor

Gallery: A Selection Mark Pirie Salt Publishing, $29.95, ISBN 1876857242 Toku Tinihanga: Selected Poems 1982-2002 Michael O’Leary HeadworX, $26.95, ISBN 0473090066 Walking the Land Kevin Ireland Hazard Press, $21.95, ISBN 1877270520 We live in the age of celebrity. This has…
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Speaking frankly of Frank and James K, Stevan Eldred-Grigg

An Affair of the Heart: A Celebration of Frank Sargeson’s Centenary ed Graeme Lay and Stephen Stratford Cape Catley, $49.99, ISBN 0908561938 O Jerusalem – James K Baxter: An Intimate Memoir Mike Minehan Hazard Press, $24.95, ISBN 1877270385 Two icons…
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Posted in Essays, Literature, Memoir, Non-fiction, Review

Who’s been sleeping here? Bernard Carpinter

The Empty Bed Paul Thomas HarperCollins, $31.95, ISBN 0732271703 Killings and jokes are what readers expect from Paul Thomas, after his three wonderful thrillers Old School Tie (also known as Dirty Laundry), Inside Dope and Guerilla Season. There is a…
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Fragments of possible worlds, David Gregory

Fourteen Reasons for Writing Kevin Ireland Hazard Press, $21.95, ISBN 18877270080 It may not possess the weight of historical significance of The Kennedy Question, but I asked myself, “where were you when Kevin Ireland’s first book of poetry (Face to…
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