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Eczema and ampersands, Janet Hughes

Sing-song  Anne Kennedy Auckland University Press, $24.95, ISBN 1869402952 Electric Yachts Tony Beyer Puriri Press, $26, ISBN 0908943253 Nonsense Nick Ascroft Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864734514 Imagine a sequence of 80-odd poems centred on a case of eczema. That’s

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Obituary — Dennis McEldowney

Dennis McEldowney (1926-2003)   In the 1991 edition of Who’s Who in New Zealand, Dennis listed two “recreations” – “gardening” and “looking about”. On Monday this week, a few hours before he died, Dennis was still “looking about”. Most of

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A long look back, Patrick Evans

Seven New Zealand Novellas ed Peter Simpson Reed, $34.95, ISBN 0790008963 “New Zealand literature” as it is currently presented and studied at the University of Canterbury was established in the decade from 1977 by Peter Simpson, who doggedly developed the

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Cooking, droning and drowning, Robin Corney

Delicious  Nicky Pellegrino Black Swan, $26.95, ISBN 1869415582 Death of a Conscience  Heather Marshall HarperCollins, $21.99, ISBN 869504569 Oyster Catcher  Greg Billington Reed, $29.95, ISBN 0790009013 Nicky Pellegrino’s Delicious is a debut novel that draws in her own background (Italian

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Remind me where we are now, Nicholas Reid

Secret City Vivienne Plumb Cape Catley, $24.99, ISBN 090856189X Shot Sarah Quigley Virago, $34.95, ISBN 1860499635 What country am I in here? Characters get ideas from watching “5.30 With Jude”, there’s a reference to “old Maori guys”, and one of

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This might sting a bit, Simon Upton

Continuity Amid Chaos: Health Care Management and Delivery in New Zealand  ed Robin Gauld University of Otago Press, $49.95, ISBN 1877276510 Snakes and Ladders: The Pursuit of a Safety Culture in New Zealand Public Hospitals Peter R Roberts Institute of

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Fingerprints over everything, Lawrence Jones

Red Shoes Elizabeth Smither Godwit, $29.95, ISBN 18569621034 The Sea Between Us Elizabeth Smither Penguin, $27.95, ISBN 0143018590 Reviewing You’re Very Seductive William Carlos Williams 25 years ago, Lauris Edmond complained that in the poems we did not “feel that

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Children’s books winners

The young adult novel Right Where It Hurts by David Hill has won this year’s New Zealand Library and Information Association Esther Glen Medal. The Elsie Locke Medal for non-fiction went to Andrew Crowe’s Which New Zealand Insect, and The

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Pearson biography funded

Paul Millar of Wellington has won the 2003 Copyright Licensing Limited (CLL) Writer’s Award to work on a biography of writer Bill Pearson. The $35,000 non-fiction award will allow Dr Millar to scale down his work as senior lecturer in

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Flashing and fizzing, David Hill

Brilliance Anthony McCarten Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 1869415515 A man of the people David Geary Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864734409 Two Kiwi lads make good. That’s if you treat noun one and adjectives two-through-three elastically enough. Both these writers “divide

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