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Too grand by half, Iain Sharp

Firebird Natasha Templeton Hodder Headline, $29.95, ISBN 0340 640448 I admire the pluck with which Natasha Templeton has striven to make her first novel a grand Russian affair, almost a New Zealand War and Peace ‑ with a large cast,…
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Getting self-absorption right, Bill Sewell

The Body of Man David Herkt Hazard Press, $24.95 ISBN 0 908 790 73 2 Stuck up John Dolan Auckland University Press, $19.95 ISBN 186940 120 4 Retaining Wall Claire Matthewson Whitireia Publishing, $19.95 ISBN 0 473 031329 Literature is…
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Poem — Elizabeth Smither

After intimate talk (for Viv) After intimate talk we come out into the night And drive towards a dark dramatic sky Down an avenue of orange lights. We pass A churchyard whose graves are milky white And trees made sombre,…
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Poem — Leonard Lambert

Me & You, Mills & Boon CHAPTER ONE. We met among trees and the round familiar walked again the lovely gullies and all their wooded ways, nodding at the hidden houses where the blue sea winks at every window and…
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And a partridge (or not), Neville Bennett

Science is wonderful. Only this week I hear some clever Americans have transplanted a gene from an Antarctic fish into a tomato. Apparently we will not get a tomato with scales or fins but one that is not frost tender.…
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