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Unlacing corsets, Isa Moynihan

The Girl Below  Bianca Zander Penguin, $30.00, ISBN 9780143568377 The Invisible Rider Kirsten McDougall (drawings by Gerard Crewdson) Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9780864737670 Houses of Stone David L Bateman David Bateman, $30.00, ISBN 9781869538293 All three works are first…
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Between fate and destiny, Isa Moynihan

  Island Penelope Todd Penguin Books, $30.00, ISBN 97801432023810   Islands are a potent source of allegorical story-telling. Think of Lord of the Flies, The Tempest, Robinson Crusoe and, more recently, the television series Lost. Penelope Todd’s Island is set…
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On message, Isa Moynihan

Is She Still Alive?  Tessa Duder HarperCollins, $34.99, ISBN 9781869507107 Alternative Medicine Laura Solomon Flame Books, $30.00 (approx),  ISBN 978095562514 Transported  Tim Jones Vintage, $27.99, ISBN 9781864919844 In her introduction to Is She Still Alive? Tessa Duder says the stories…
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Snapshots, Christine Johnston

The Best New Zealand Fiction Volume 4 Fiona Farrell (ed),  Vintage, $34.99, ISBN 9781869418779 The Girl Who Proposed: New Short Stories Elizabeth Smither Cape Catley, $29.99, ISBN 9781877340130 Here and There, Now and Then Isa Moynihan Earl of Seacliff Art…
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Unpeaceful co-existence, Isa Moynihan

Gate Crasher and Other Stories Frances Cherry Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, $25.00,  ISBN 186942056X Flashpoint  Frances Cherry Scholastic New Zealand, $16.99,  ISBN 1869437438 Frances Cherry’s first collection, The Daughter-in-law and Other Stories, was published in 1986, and her first…
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Portrait of an irritating lady, Isa Moynihan

Vibrant with Words: The Letters of Ursula Bethell ed Peter Whiteford Victoria University Press, $49.95, ISBN 0864735049 Editor Peter Whiteford, a senior lecturer in the English Department at Victoria University, has done Ursula Bethell proud with this generous selection of…
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Family gatherings, Isa Moynihan

Lily’s Cupola Bronwyn Tate University of Otago Press, $29.95, ISBN 1877276596 Bloom Kelly Ana Morey Penguin, $27.95, ISBN 0143018922 Joybird Rosemary Wildblood David Ling, $29.95, ISBN 0998990901 The three-generation novel has always been popular with women writers. Besides Lily’s Cupola,…
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