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Innocence into experience, Paula Boock

Tawa Elizabeth Knox Victoria University Press $19.95 ISBN 0 86473 336 4 The final in the trilogy of Elizabeth Knox’s autobiographical novellas – the other two being Paremata and Pomare – Tawa is set in 1973, when Lex Keene is…
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Never trust the narrator, Nicholas Reid

Playing Waterloo Peter Hawes Vintage New Zealand $24.95 ISBN 1 86941 323 7 The Whistler Stephanie Johnson Vintage New Zealand $29.95 ISBN 1 86941 346 6 What a beguiling thing alternative history is. In my teenage and post-teenage years, I…
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Monkey business, Vivienne Jepsen

Lulu: a romance Annamarie Jagose Victoria University Press $24.95, ISBN 0 86473332 1 Concrete Raewyn Alexander Penguin $24.95 ISBN 0 14027377 8 I loved In Translation, Annamarie Jagose’s first novel. It wasn‘t until about a dozen pages from the end…
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The sadness of the incomplete, Elizabeth Caffin

A Boy and his Uncle Anne Kennedy Picador $24.95 ISBN 0 33036057 4 Leave Before You Go Emily Perkins Picador $24.95 ISBN 0 33037204 1 In the opening pages of both these novels is that journey we all are heir…
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Poem – Kate Camp

Personal effects I went to the Kilbirnie Watchtower to pick up your personal effects from a policeman with your name. The faint sun made me sweat a little in the car in my cream rabbit-fur jacket you’ve never seen. The…
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Bringing the body into poetry

Charles Ferrell interviews Les Murray CF: On the back cover of your latest book, Subhuman Redneck Poems, you invite the reader to guess which of its poems led you out of your recent bout of depression. Will you tell us?…
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Yielding to the surges, Miranda Johnson

Shaking the Tree Roma Potiki Steele Roberts $19.95 ISBN 0 95837125 3 The Paper Road Julie Leibrich Steele Roberts $19.95 ISBN 0 95837122 9 the ordinary magic Vivienne Jensen (ed) New Zealand Poetry Society $14.00 ISBN 0 47304787 X Critics…
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Digging for treasure, Richard Smith

Buried Ships: Poems new and unpublished Rob Jackaman Hazard Press $24.95 ISBN 0 90879096 1 There is treasure to be found within the 144 pages of Buried Ships, though, as the subterranean cover by Bing Dawe seems to suggest, some…
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Poem – Brian Turner

Illuminaries, Otago I am watching the northeast Wind like a rash on the harbour, the peninsula hills a perky green and hawthorn and broom and the first of the lupin in flower so obviously its spring. Dunedin, Otago where city…
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Where history is made, Bernard Kernot

Between Worlds: Early Exchanges Between Maori and Europeans 1773-1815 Anne Salmond Viking $69.95 ISBN 0 67087787 5 The publication in 1991 of Salmond’s Two Worlds: First Meetings Between Maori and Europeans, 1642-1772 marked a major re-interpretation of first contacts between…
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