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What they wrote A taste of contributor comments over our first 20 years   On New Zealand Books My hope is that New Zealand Books will provide a forum for frank discussion that dares to rise above the suffocating confines…
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Strange worlds, Heather Murray

Song of the Brakeman Bill Direen Titus Books, $29.95, ISBN 0958258678 The Assassin of Gleam James Norcliffe Hazard Press, $29.99, ISBN1877270997 Departure Lounge Chad Taylor Jonathan Cape, $34.99, ISBN 9780224075047 Southern Style Craig Marriner Vintage, $27.99, ISBN 1869417100 It never…
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A matter of balance, Harvey McQueen

Spirit Abroad: A Second Selection of New Zealand Spiritual Verse ed Paul Morris, Harry Ricketts and Mike Grimshaw Godwit, $39.95, ISBN 1869621115 Under Flagstaff: An Anthology of Dunedin Poetry ed Robin Law and Heather Murray University of Otago Press, $39.95,…
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Keeping your hair on, Heather Murray

The Transformation Catherine Chidgey Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864734654 In Mutes and Earthquakes Bill Manhire gives his creative writing pupils a couple of pieces of advice: 1) write what you know, and 2) write what you don’t know. If,…
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Not tolling for me, Heather Murray

The Bells of Saint Babel’s: Poems 1997-2001 Allen Curnow Auckland University Press, $19.95, ISBN 1869402421 They have all gone into the dark: the fellow poets of his youth and middle age, the critics, the early shapers and gatekeepers of New…
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The emptiness within, Heather Murray

The Lonely Margins of the Sea Shonagh Koea Vintage, $29.95, ISBN 1 86941 348 2 On the lonely margins of society, Shonagh Koea’s women conduct their lives. It is a rich territory evidently, for after five novels and two volumes…
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The squirrel instinct, Heather Murray

The Katherine Mansfield Notebooks Edited by Margaret Scott Lincoln University Press & Daphne Brasell Assoc. Ltd, 2 vols, $79.95 per volume (soft cover), ISBN: 0 908896 48 4 / 0 908896 49 2 Katherine Mansfield: New Zealand Stories  Selected by…
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Re-charting our child myth, Heather Murray

Boy Overboard by Peter Wells Vintage New Zealand, $24.95, ISBN 1 86941 319 9 Boy Overboard is a great novel. It is a work which will resonate for many a year, and become as important a marker of growing up…
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Thin issues, rich wit, a gang and a psychopath, Heather Murray

The Journey Home Cathie Dunsford Spinifex Press Pty Ltd (Australia), $24.95, ISBN 1 875559 54 X Dr Beale’s Wednesday Liz Falkner Arrow, Random House, $17.95, ISBN 1 86941 297 4 The Visitation Sue Reidy Black Swan, $19.95, ISBN 0 552…
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Faint hopes and the self, Heather Murray

Proud Garments Barbara Anderson Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0 86473 316 X Proud Garments is a perfect novel for the end of a century,  an elegy for an age, not going out with the atomic bang we might once…
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