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According to Toss, Ian Richards

Toss Woollaston: A Life in Letters ed Jill Trevelyan Te Papa Press, $59.99, ISBN 0909010072 The first thing you notice about this handsomely produced volume from Te Papa Press is the title Woollaston, in large red letters, running down the…
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Story time, Ian Richards

City of Reeds  Tina Shaw Penguin Books, $24.95, ISBN 014029791X City of Reeds, Tina Shaw’s third novel, is a large and accomplished work. It’s an example of a relatively new departure in New Zealand fiction: the story-telling novel. This sort…
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Out of the time-capsule, Ian Richards

The Big Room and Other Stories O E Middleton Steele Roberts, $24.95, ISBN 1 877 22804 4 Selected Stories Maurice Shadbolt David Ling, $29.95, ISBN 0 908 99056 1 These are collections of short stories by two of the old…
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Who to leave out – at last, Ian Richards

The Oxford Book of New Zealand Short Stories Vincent O’Sullivan (ed), Oxford University Press, $39.95 Anthologies used to be an occasion for cautious celebration in the New Zealand literary circle. Historical anthologies clearly showed that with every writer we were…
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Significant short stories, Lawrence Jones

Past Light Catherine Delahunty, Penguin, Auckland, 1992, $24.95 Dangerous Desires Peter Wells, Reed Pacific Writers Series, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 Everyday Life in Paradise Ian Richards, Godwit, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 Activity in the New Zealand short story has been intense recently,…
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