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Editorial – Issue 36

Earning our colours Readers will have noticed that since October New Zealand Books has looked rather different. Yes, we have broken into colour and are sporting a cleaner and more striking cover, designed for us by Hamish Thompson of Whitireia…
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Letters – Issue 36

Parallel importing Laura Kroetsch’s lucid round-up on parallel importing in your October issue was very timely. As a regular direct importer, Unity Books is pleased to be decriminalized by the new legislation, and we believe that our kind of parallel…
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Displacements and disorientations, Tessa Barringer

Penguin 25: New Fiction Graham Beattie and Stephanie Johnson (eds) Penguin Books, $29.95 ISBN 0 14 027502 9 Another 100 NZ Short Short Stories Graeme Lay (ed) Tandem Press, $24.95 ISBN 1 877178 26 8 Sex & the Single Mayfly…
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Thriller lite, Bernard Carpinter

Friendly Fire Michael Wall Penguin, $18.95 ISBN 0 14 D27768 4 Taken to the Cleaners Morgan Jones Cape Catley, $19.95 lSBN 0 908561 54 7 Mates Laurie Mantell Hazard Press, $19.95 ISBN 1 877161 33 0   Warning The identity…
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Checking out Gen X, Sarah Quigley

The NeXt Wave Mark Pirie (ed) University of Otago Press $24.95 IBSN 1877133 44 2 At the Wearable Arts Awards in Nelson this year, there was a lot of congratulatory talk about how far New Zealand has come in the…
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Mapping the citadel, Lydia Wevers

The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature in English Roger Robinson and Nelson Wattie (eds) Oxford University Press, $79.95 ISBN 0 19558348 5 The publication of this book should have been timed for the millennium. If there is going to…
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A room of one’s own, Lorae Parry

Above all you must illumine your soul, with all its profundities and its shallows, and its vanities and generosities. And say what beauty means to you, or your plainness. Virginia Woolf: A Room of One’s Own When I arrived in…
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At The Sign of The Stabbed Dog, Joe Bennett

Even little men dream. Five foot three in my stockinged feet, five eight on Saturday evenings in my Chanel stilettos, I had a dream. That I was able to live that dream, I owe to my Uncle Larry. When Uncle…
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A fly on the All Black wall, Chris Laidlaw

Inside the All Blacks Robin McConnell HarperCollins, $39.95 ISBN 1 86950 274 4 One of the hardest things to do in any book about the sociology of sport is to draw the line between breathless spectatorship and real analysis. Robin…
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A weakness outside the off stump, Harry Ricketts

Stirred But Not Shaken Geoff Howarth Hodder Moa Beckett $44.95 ISBN 1 86958 685 9 Lifting the Covers Glenn Turner Longacre Press $39.95 ISBN 1 877135 19 4 Mark Twain once remarked that in autobiography “it is impossible for a…
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