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Clinging to the wreckage, Patrick Evans

Harlequin Rex Owen Marshall Random House/Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1 86941 395 4 Y2K is past, the computer and the fridge are still working, but in Owen Marshall’s new novel Harlequin Rex the millennium has unexpectedly tossed up another problem, an…
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Tongue-twister, Susan Budd

if the tongue fits Diane Brown Tandem Press, $24.95, ISBN 1 877178 47 0 A deliciously original, gloriously hectic first novel by accomplished poet Diane Brown, if the tongue fits takes the well-worn theme of 40-something women in search of…
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Reclaiming narrative, Janet Hughes

Jump Start Virginia Were Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0 86473 358 5 Rapunzel Rapunzel Janet Charman Auckland University Press, $19.95, ISBN 1 86940 208 1 Hearing the word “narrative” on the lips of a psychologist and an economist within…
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Like lambs … Tony Simpson

In The Instability of a Dependent Economy, arguably the most important book so far written on the realities of New Zealand politics, C G F Simkin concludes that the successful management of our economy depends on the relative balance between…
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The sharp end, Les Cleveland

On the Way to an Ambush Bruce Connew Victoria University Press, $39.95, ISBN 0 86473 376 3 So far there have been about 150 wars this century. Some are big-budget affairs like the recent imbroglio in the Balkans, others are…
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Into the sunlight? Martin Sutton

Out of the Shadow of War: The German Connection with New Zealand in the Twentieth Century ed James Bade Oxford University Press, $39.95, ISBN 019 558363 9 This book is a companion volume to The German Connection: New Zealand and…
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“A grand Edwardian lady”, David Eggleton

Queen Salote of Tonga Elizabeth Wood-Ellem Auckland University Press, $69.95, ISBN 1 86940 205 7 Tonga-watchers will know that there is a fairytale aspect to Tonga: this miniature kingdom by the sea containing a whole society in microcosm is a…
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Poem – Harry Ricketts

Dissolution You could try the Family Court in Wellington on a bright, but crisp, winter’s morning and be represented by Alabaster, Loveridge and Moir, the firm mentioned by Mansfield in that lost novel. The judge will probably recognise you from…
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Poem – Philip Temple

Colours at sixty I still exclaim at the blue mediterranean, you say but it moved long ago to here. Outside your bolted bedroom window the gum hums peach with bees strewing the path with needles bright subterfuge for a wedding…
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Resisting closure, Michael Harlow

Sidetracks Alan Loney Auckland University Press, $24.95 
ISBN I 86940 194 8 Salamanca Vivienne Plumb HeadworX, $16.95, ISBN 0 473 05155 9 Sweet Banana Wax Peppers Jenny Powell-Chalmers HeadworX, $16.95, ISBN 0 473 05460 4 Alan Loney is New Zealand’s…
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