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Finding herself, Heather Murray

Motherland Yvonne du Fresne Penguin, $24.95, ISBN 0 140 26038 2 For a nation which has for so long depended upon a steady stream of new migrants, New Zealand has a very poor record of making them feel welcome. Our…
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Myths of reason and culture, Heather Murray

The Heart’s Wild Surf Stephanie Johnson Vintage/Random House, $24.95, ISBN 1 86941 278 8 A Fancy Man  Sue McCauley Vintage/Random House, $24.95, ISBN 1 86941 283 4 The Wedding at Bueno-Vista  Shonagh Koea Vintage/Random House, $24.95, ISBN 1 86941 282…
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Never mind the quality, Heather Murray

The Journal Box  Elizabeth Smither Auckland University Press, $34.95 ISBN 1869401425 Long an admirer of Elizabeth Smither’s poetry and encouraged by a dustjacket claim that The Journal Box contains “marvellous pieces of writing … comparable in quality to the autobiographical…
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One useful, one not, Heather Murray

The Critical Response to Katherine Mansfield Jan Pilditch (ed) Greenwood Press, United States, $55 ISBN 0 313 290644 Katherine Mansfield: A “Do You Remember” Life, Four Stories with an Illustrated Introduction Gillian Boddy Victoria University Press with the Katherine Mansfield…
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Time of energy and change, Howard Warner

The Picador Book of Contemporary New Zealand Fiction Fergus Barrowman (ed) Picador $24.95 ISBN 0330 339966 From the Mainland: An Anthology of South Island Writing  Lawrence Jones and Heather Murray (eds) Godwit $29.95 ISBN 0908877 501 Between the publishing histories…
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Local practice v wider trends, Stuart Murray

Opening the Book: New Essays on New Zealand Writing Mark Williams and Michele Leggott (eds) Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1869401158 Ending the Silences: Critical Essays on the Works of Maurice Shadbolt Ralph J Crane (ed) Hodder Moa Beckett, $24.95,…
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Of an age, Heather Murray

River Lines Elspeth Sandys Hodder Moa Beckett, $29.95, ISBN 3 4059998 7 Leather Wings Marilyn Duckworth Random House Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1 86941 261 3 Zoology Sheridan Keith Penguin, $24.95, ISBN 0 14025281 9 The House Guest Barbara Anderson Victoria…
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Fantastic account, Heather Murray

Tasman’s Lay Peter Hawes Hazard Press, $24.95 ISBN 0 908790 52 X Tin Nimbus Geoff Cochrane Victoria University Press, $24.95 ISBN 0 86473 279 1 The Warrior Queen Barbara Else Godwit Publishing, $19.95, ISBN 0 908877 61 7 Remains of…
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Women among the puritans, Heather Murray

A Barbarous Tongue Marilyn Duckworth Vintage New Zealand (first pub Hutchinson & Co, 1963), $24.95 Fooling Marilyn Duckworth Hazard Press, $9.95 Marilyn Duckworth stands alone in New Zealand fiction, occupying a lofty and lonely spot few others have had the…
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Two out of four, Heather Murray

The Freedom Junkies Cliff Taylor Hazard Press, $24.95 The Age of Light Simon Wilson Penguin Books, $24.95 The Claim Sally Marshall Huia Publishers, $19.95 Jubilee Nepi Solomon Tandem Press, $19.95   Opening a novel by a new writer makes the…
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