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The art of the odd, Janet Wilson

Swallowing Diamonds Marilyn Duckworth Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 1869415485 In Marilyn Duckworth, New Zealand has its finest writer of the absurd. Although others have written about states of unreality or non-reality – most particularly Janet Frame, younger novelists like Elizabeth Knox,…
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Communal faith, shared vision, Peter Lineham

Prophetic Histories: The People of the Maramatanga Karen Sinclair Bridget Williams Books, $49.95, ISBN 1877242926 This remarkable book is written by an American anthropologist from Eastern Michigan University. Over a period of 30 years, she entered the world of a…
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Issue 59 Spring 2002

  Volume 12 | Number 3 | Issue 59 | Spring 2002 Janet Wilson: Marilyn Duckworth, Swallowing Diamonds Editorial Correspondence Gavin McLean: Heather Worth, Anna Paris and Louisa Allen (eds), The Life of Brian: Masculinities, Sexualities and Health in New…
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Owen Marshall awarded inaugural fellowship

Timaru writer Owen Marshall says he feels privileged to be awarded the inaugural $100,000 Creative New Zealand Writers’ Fellowship, the largest available to New Zealand writers. He has written and edited 18 books. His latest story collection, When Gravity Snaps,…
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Lore meets law, Kate Riddell

Mihipeka: Call of an Elder Karanga a te kuia Mihi Edwards Steele Roberts, $29.95, ISBN 1877228222 The Tribes of Muriwhenua: Their Origins and Stories  Dorothy Urlich Cloher (Maori translation by Merimeri Penfold) Auckland University Press, $29.95, ISBN 1869402693 Rere atu,…
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Avoiding the cookie-cutter, Jennifer Lawn

Manifold Utopia: The Novels of Janet Frame  Marc Delrez Rodopi, $59.95 approx, ISBN 904201508X The appearance of the term “manifold” in the titles of two recent books on Janet Frame’s fiction suggests a current fascination with the multiple modes of…
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Literary honours

Playwright Roger Hall of Auckland was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) in the latest Queen’s Birthday honours. Jo Noble, also of Auckland, was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM)…
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Short lives on earth, Rebecca J Davies

Life on Earth Sue McCauley Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 1869415493 Water Bernard Steeds Penguin, $27.95, ISBN 0143018353 The Chandrasekhar Limit and other stories Sugu Pillay The Writers Group, price unavailable, ISBN 0473087316 There is a common misconception that big themes require…
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Montana Book Award winners

The Shag Incident, a novel by Aucklander Stephanie Johnson, has won this year’s Deutz Medal for Fiction in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards. Runners up were The Hopeful Traveller by Fiona Farrell, also a novel, and a short story…
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Adventures in the waiting room, Garth Baker

Going the Distance – Women Outdoors in New Zealand Tess Redgrave Tandem Press, $34.95, ISBN 1877298018 Seduced by the Sea  ed Tessa Duder HarperCollins, $29.95, ISBN 1869504461 Te Araroa: The New Zealand Trail Geoff Chapple Random House, $34.95, ISBN 186941537X…
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