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Reading, writing and arithmetic, Barbara Else

Speed of Light Joy Cowley Gecko Press, $20.00, ISBN 9781877579936 Teddy One-Eye: The Autobiography of a Teddy Bear Gavin Bishop Random House, $35.00, ISBN 9781775537274 The ACB with Honora Lee Kate De Goldi (drawings by Gregory O’Brien) Longacre, $25.00, ISBN…
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For us there is only the trying, Paul Morris 

Tell You What: Great New Zealand Non-Fiction 2015  Jolisa Gracewood and Susanna Andrew (eds) Auckland University Press, $30.00 ISBN 9781869408244 Greatest Hits: A Quarter Century of Journalistic Encounters and Notes from Lost Cities  David Cohen Mākaro Press, $35.00 ISBN 9780994106544…
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Those are pearls that were his eyes, Lindsay Missen

Fingers: Jewellery for Aotearoa New Zealand: 40 Years of Fingers Jewellery Gallery Damian Skinner and Finn McCahon-Jones David Bateman, $60.00, ISBN 9781869538620 Place and Adornment: A History of Contemporary Jewellery in Australia and New Zealand Damian Skinner and Kevin Murray…
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Hurtling along, armed with a map, Eirlys Hunter

Soup and Bread Nōnen Títi Nōnen Títi, $25.00, ISBN 9780994107732 The Pirates and the Nightmaker James Norcliffe Longacre, $20.00, ISBN 9781775537694 The Volume of Possible Endings: A Tale of Fontania Barbara Else Gecko Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781927271377 Two of these…
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Poem – Fiona Kidman

Grass Street 2000-2015 (more…)
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Telling stories, Jane Westaway

In the Neighbourhood of Fame Bridget van der Zijpp Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9780864739247 Sleep Sister Karen Breen Eunoia Publishing, $30.00, ISBN 9780994104755 These two new novels appear from what – not long ago – would have been opposite…
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Letters – Issue 110

Neuropathic not neurasthenic pain (more…)
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Genesis of a Māori writer, Tina Makereti

Māori Boy: A Memoir of Childhood Witi Ihimaera Vintage, $40.00, ISBN 9781869797263 It is sometimes useful, in reading a review, to have some sense of the reviewer’s positioning in relation to the material. After all, the New Zealand literary community…
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Editorial – Issue 110

Obligatory piety We don’t know whether, like us, others are feeling a certain uneasiness at the direction the WWI/Anzac centenary commemorations (often celebrations) are taking. That the platoons of books regularly pouring off the presses, here and overseas, that the…
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Poppy lopping and cultural cringing

Novelist Chris Else reflects on “the Eleanor Catton affair” Among the matters raised by the Eleanor Catton affair, two seem to have been given short shrift: our treatment of our tall poppies and whether or not we suffer from cultural…
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