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Squeezing the juice out of language, Cilla McQueen

Lemon James Brown Victoria University Press, $19.95, ISBN 0 86473 374 7 Winter I Was Gregory O’Brien Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0 86473 375 5 Poetry could turn out to be a favoured literary form in the 21st century,…
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Poem – James Norcliffe

made objects as you stroke this smoothness into warmth your finger will meet no resistance the marks of the plane will have been sanded away with glass paper there will be an application of the molasses-coloured oil with this soft…
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Plumb Duff, Otto Heim

Out of the Mist and Steam: A Memoir Alan Duff Tandem Press, $29.95, ISBN 1 877178 58 6 Alan Duff frames his autobiography with scenes of his post-Warriors success: here we see him at ease with Prime Ministers, rubbing shoulders…
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Getting into character, Linda Burgess

Long Hot Summer Barbara Anderson Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0 86473 371 2 I thought as I was reading this book that for me the most important thing in fiction is character. If a novelist gets the characters right,…
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Not yet outflanked, David Grant

On the Loose Josh Kronfeld with Brian Turner Longacre Press, $44.95, ISBN 1 877135 30 5 Josh Kronfeld, All Black openside flanker, has always impressed me as an “aw shucks” kind of bloke. There are smiling eyes, a silly grin,…
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“A lotta nerve”, David Eggleton

Positively George Street: a personal history of Sneaky Feelings and the Dunedin Sound Matthew Bannister Reed Books, $34.95, ISBN 0 7900 0704 5 The mythology tells us that Dunedin in the 1970s was a studious, quiet backwater, seemingly permanently becalmed…
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Demolishing the doctrinaire delusion, Marilyn Waring

Reclaiming The Future: New Zealand and the Global Economy Jane Kelsey Bridget Williams Books, $39.95, ISBN 1 877 242 012 Reclaiming the Future is Jane Kelsey’s fourth book in a decade of prolific publication: A Question of Honour in 1990,…
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Well-heeled walking wounded, Stevan Eldred-Grigg

The Best of Shonagh Koea’s Short Stories Shonagh Koea Vintage, $29.95, ISBN 1 86941 372 5 Shonagh Koea in her capacity as naughty fairy god mother – or maybe wicked fairy stepmother – has made a specialty of writing acid…
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The child, the book and the future, Margaret Mahy

When I was a child of about eleven, I read a book which not only entertained me but flattered me too, for it seemed to take me seriously as a reader. It admitted me to an adult world. The girl…
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Catalogue of loss, Dianne Pettis

The End of the Century and other stories Christine Johnston Canterbury University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0 908812 82 5 Inca Girls Aren’t Easy W P Hearst Random House, $24.95, ISBN 1 86941 374 1 No – The End of the…
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