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Unthawing, Hugh Roberts

Hard Frost: Structures of Feeling in New Zealand Literature 1908-1945 John Newton Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781776561629 Telling the Real Story: Genre and New Zealand Literature Erin Mercer Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781776560851 If there is a better…
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Whose history? Simon Hay

wThe Expatriate Myth: New Zealand Writers and the Colonial World  Helen Bones Otago University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9781988531175 The Expatriates  Martin Edmond Bridget Williams Books, $50.00, ISBN 9781988533179 Helen Bones aims to dismantle the “myth” that New Zealand writers, in…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Life and death before 20, Angelina Sbroma

Catch Me When You Fall Eileen Merriman Penguin, $20.00, ISBN 9780143770930 Ash Arising Mandy Hager Penguin, $20.00, ISBN 9780143772439 Eileen Merriman’s Catch Me When You Fall – a title that provokes a head-tilt to begin with and that takes multiple…
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Posted in Literature, Review, Young adults

Speculating on the speculative, Annabel Gooder

Te Kōrero Ahi Kā: To Speak of the Home Fires Burning Grace Bridges, Lee Murray and Aaron Compton (eds) SpecFicNZ, $25.00, ISBN 9780473428341 “Ahi Kā”, the opening to this speculative fiction anthology, is a sonnet framing prose, blending Māori myth…
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Balancing pathos, Janet Wilson

This Mortal Boy: A Novel Fiona Kidman Penguin Random House, $38.00, ISBN 9780143771807 In This Mortal Boy (with its subtle, sad echo of Brendan Behan’s novel, Borstal Boy), Fiona Kidman gives a semi-fictional reconstruction of the highly publicised case of…
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Poem – C K Stead

Unusual Obsequies for Nicholas Tarling who died swimming In Shallowsleep, that life-of-the-mind that comes at three or four a.m., hearing big rain beat on the roof and spill from broken gutter to concrete path, and quoting to myself (faultlessly) a…
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Letters – Issue 123

Aching absences Dear Editors I do hope readers of Vincent O Sullivan’s expansive and generously minded All This By Chance have a more nuanced appreciation of the novel’s pleasures than Ann Beaglehole’s dull summary, published in your Winter 2018 issue. …
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