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A habit of story-telling, Dennis McEldowney

The Best of Albert Wendt’s Short Stories Random House, $29.95, ISBN 1 86941 392 X The title might have been Most of Albert Wendt’s Short Stories. It includes all the stories in his two previous collections, Flying Fox in a…
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Naughty bits, A K Grant

A Dictionary of Modern New Zealand Slang ed Harry Orsman Oxford University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0 19 558408 2 Harry Orsman achieved semi-divine status among New Zealand scholars with the publication of his highly-acclaimed Dictionary of New Zealand English. But…
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Men Behaving Not Too Badly, Jane Westaway

Alpha Male William Brandt Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0 86473 378 X The young male voice has been absent from the NZ Lit chorus lately, and for that reason alone William Brandt’s first book is worth a close look.…
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Buying into Baxter? Rob Jackaman

Beyond the Palisade James K Baxter (ed Paul Millar) Oxford University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0 19 558406 6 Autumn Testament James K Baxter (ed Paul Millar) Oxford University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0 19 558386 8 Not arriving in New Zealand…
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Else-where, Phillip Mann

Brainjoy Chris Else Tandem Press, $24.95, ISBN 1 877178 34 9 If “What if … ?” can be regarded as the foundation question of all fiction, then for Science Fiction it should be accompanied with two question marks; for of…
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Mixing memory and desire, Kim Worthington

Dismemberment Kapka Kassabova Auckland University Press, $19.95, ISBN 1 86940 207 3 Reconnaissance Kapka Kassabova Penguin, $24.95, ISBN 0 14 028343 0 Marked as a new talent to watch, Kapka Kassabova has received extensive media attention in the past two…
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Smoke gets in their poems, Laurence Jenkins

Eat These Sweet Words. The New Zealand Anthology of Lesbian and Gay Poetry eds Sue Fitchett, Marewa Glover, Cary McDermott, Rhona Vickoce Publishing Giant Press, 
$24.95, ISBN 0 9583582 4 9 When Two Men Embrace. The New Zealand Anthology of…
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Plus ça change … Alison Gray

Family Matters: Child Welfare in Twentieth-Century New Zealand Bronwyn Dalley Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1 86940 190 5 Not long after this is published, the Department of Social Welfare will be restructured. Again. What was CYPS and then CYPFA…
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Life stories from the edge, Ralph Crane

From the Edge of the Sky: A Memoir Maurice Shadbolt David Ling, $29.95, ISBN 0 908990 59 6 An Albatross Too Many James McNeish David Ling, $24.95, ISBN 0 908990 55 3 When in 1993 I enthusiastically reviewed Maurice Shadbolt’s…
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Recovering time, Juliet Rowe

Eating Peacocks Barbara Else Vintage, $29.95, ISBN 1 86941 378 4 Delia Whittborne, aged 28, wakes up in a hospital bed paralysed and in pain. She is aware only of her name, her immediate surroundings, and a sense of recent…
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