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Lord of the Rings in Waituhi? James Ritchie

The Dream Swimmer Witi Ihimaera Penguin, $34.95, ISBN 0 140 27240 2 In so large and complex a work as this – more than 400 pages – with many characters and interwoven plots and sub-plots, there are many levels to…
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Romancing the Net, Mark Broatch

Safe Sex: an e-mail romance Linda Burgess and Stephen Stratford Godwit, $24.95, ISBN 1 86962 01 9 4 There are at least two other e-mail romance novels in circulation, both American: Stephanie Fletcher’s 1996 E-mail: A Love Story and Nan…
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Drowning in psychic storms, Lawrence Jones

The Lifeboat Graham Billing Cape Catley, $27.95, ISBN 0908561 68 7 “Quite the most curious of the recent crop of New Zealand fiction” (Kevin Ireland, Listener); “an intense, demanding, cryptic novel by one of our most respected but enigmatic writers”…
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Labouring the point, Marilyn Waring

Tasting Salt Stephanie Dowrick Penguin, $34.95 ISBN 0 670 87359 4 Forgiveness and Other Acts of Love – Finding true value in your life Stephanie Dowrick Penguin, $34.95 ISBN 0 670 87360 8 Some transparency is called for first on…
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Muddle and fudge, W H Oliver

Trick or Treaty? Douglas Graham Institute of Policy Studies $22.00 ISBN 0908935 24 2 Justice and the Maori: the philosophy and practice of Maori claims in New Zealand since the 1970s Andrew Sharp 2nd ed, Oxford University Press $45.00 ISBN…
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Cow-cockies and cock-ups, Michael Lyon

Shaggy Dogs & Other Stories: Tales of a Kiwi Vet David Marshall Shoal Bay Press, $24.95 ISBN 0 908704 69 0 When I first graduated as a veterinary surgeon in the late 1970s, I started work with an established veterinary…
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Rediscovery of the self, Janet Wilson

Come Rain or Shine: Women around New Zealand share their life stories Shona Jennings (ed) Viking, $34.95, ISBN 0 670 87834 0 A Family from Barra: An Adoption Story Beryl Martin Auckland University Press/Bridget Williams Books, $34.95, ISBN 1 86940…
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No need of spin doctors Jeanine Graham

Edward Gibbon Wakefield and the Colonial Dream: A Reconsideration GP Publications in association with the Friends of the Turnbull Library, Wellington, $39.95 ISBN 1 86956 204 6 In William Gisborne’s revised and enlarged edition of New Zealand Rulers and Statesmen…
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Decoys of simplicity, Terry Sturm

Miss New Zealand: Selected Poems Jenny Bornholdt Victoria University Press, $27.95 ISBN 0 86473 323 2 One of the earliest poems in this selection, “In the Garden”, Jenny Bornholdt’s subject is that bane of all gardeners, the common onion weed.…
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Hazards in the Labyrinth, Ingrid Horrocks

Unwinding the Labyrinth Diana Neutze Hazard Press, $19.95 ISBN 1 877161 08 X suicide season Mike Minehan Hazard Press, $19.95 ISBN o 908790 97 X Dividing the Light John Allison Hazard Press, $19.95 ISBN 1 877161 05 5 The Ambiguous…
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