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Holding the baby, Paula Boock

The Skeleton Woman: A Romance Renée Huia Publishers, $29.95, ISBN 1877283169 In a review of this, Renée’s fifth novel, the New Zealand Listener used the gratuitous headline “The one about the lesbian and the baby”. Shame on them. What it…
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Writing us up, Tom Brooking

Country of Writing: Travel Writing and New Zealand, 1809-1900 Lydia Wevers Victoria University Press, $39.95, ISBN 186940271S New Zealand’s extreme isolation has always made it 
attractive to travellers. As the most remote destination on the globe it has always held…
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Summoning the shark, Catharina van Bohemen

the shark bell Christine Johnston Penguin, $27.95, ISBN 0143018248 Halfway to Africa Bronwyn Tate University of Otago Press, $24.95, ISBN 187727626X The Shark Bell is the story of a summer in the late 1960s St St Clair’s Beach, Dunedin, told…
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Letters — Issue 57

Lauris Edmond’s “false voice” In her review of my Kin of Place (October 2002 issue), Elizabeth Webby comments: “His reading [of Lauris Edmond’s “The Lecture”] depends entirely on the assumption that the “I” of the poem is Lauris Edmond herself…
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Satire and sympathy, Sally Sutton

The Shag Incident Stephanie Johnson Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 1869415019 When the playwright and academic Mervyn Thompson was abducted, branded a rapist, and tied to a tree by a group of feminists in 1984, I was eleven years old. I don’t…
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Children’s book awards finalists

Winners of the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2003 will be announced on April 8. Finalists in the four categories are: Junior fiction: Buddy by V M Jones (HarperCollins); A Friend in Paradise by Des Hunt (HarperCollins); The Dragon’s…
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Who’s been sleeping here? Bernard Carpinter

The Empty Bed Paul Thomas HarperCollins, $31.95, ISBN 0732271703 Killings and jokes are what readers expect from Paul Thomas, after his three wonderful thrillers Old School Tie (also known as Dirty Laundry), Inside Dope and Guerilla Season. There is a…
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Back in the frame, Elizabeth Alley

An Inward Sun: The World of Janet Frame Michael King, contemporary photographs by Reg Graham Penguin Books, $39.95, ISBN 0143018388 So much has already been said. It is an irony that Janet Frame’s life, so often described as that of…
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The poem as stretch limo, Ian Wedde

Fq Alan Brunton Bumper Books, $32.95, ISBN 0958222541 The idea of the long poem as a stretch limo glides towards me. The vehicle is at once ostentatious and stylish, excessive and sleek. Displaying privilege, it also accommodates a raucous wedding-party…
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Myth-busting, Nicholas Reid

A Sort of Conscience – The Wakefields Philip Temple Auckland University Press, $69.95, ISBN 1869402766 Myth one about the Wakefields (enshrined in colonial textbooks of long ago). The Wakefields were a great founding family of New Zealand, and Edward Gibbon…
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