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Poem — John O’Connor

Rex purveyor of tall tales & veteran of Gallipoli, the Western Front. carpenter & model maker, smoker of ‘roll-yr-owns’, thin as a rake, he grew only asparagus for an anaemic looking wife who loved the races & left him &

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Making it, Bernadette Hall

A Box of Bees Emily Dobson Victoria University Press, $17.95, ISBN 0864735103 As It Was in the Beginning Stu Bagby Steele Roberts, $19.95, ISBN 1877338540 Raw Places  John Horrocks Steele Roberts, $19.95, ISBN 1877338451 Who can deny the bliss of

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The quality question, Chris Else

New Zealand Society of Authors president Chris Else examines  the options for funding a home-grown literature. In offering his radical rethink of Creative New Zealand’s policy for funding literature (NZB, December 2005), Tim Hazledine suggests the only reasonable justification for

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Kiwi ways of dying, Abby Letteri

Last Words: Approaches to Death in New Zealand’s Cultures and Faiths ed Margot Schwass Bridget Williams Books, $29.99, ISBN 1877242349 The primary school my daughter attends has one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse populations in the New Zealand

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International writers come to town, Jane Stafford

New Zealand Post Writers and Readers Week 2006 I first read Helen Garner in the 1980s. Her novel Monkey Grip, a spare, sad tale of Melbourne junkies had an effect on me I can’t quite explain – perhaps it was

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Standing to reason, Denis Welch

To Build a Nation: Collected Writings 1975-1999 Bruce Jesson (ed Andrew Sharp) Penguin, $35.00, ISBN 0143020528 New Rights New Zealand: Myths, Moralities and Markets  Dolores Janiewski and Paul Morris Auckland University Press, $34.99, ISBN 1869403452 I first saw Bruce Jesson

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Peeling away from the margins Janet Wilson

Red Leaves Diana Bridge Auckland University Press, $22.95, ISBN 1869403460 Fire-penny Cilla McQueen University of Otago Press, $29.95, ISBN 1877372066 Resistance Meg Campbell Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, $16.95, ISBN 1869420578 This bouquet of verse demonstrates the flourishing talent of

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Home away from home Linda Olsson

My Home Now ed Gail Thomas and Leanne McKenzie Cape Catley, $24.99, ISBN 1877340049 This anthology tells the stories of 47 first-generation immigrants to New Zealand. According to the back cover, “New Zealand is shown in a new and heart-warming

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Uneasy rider, Bernard Carpinter

One Good Run: The Legend of Burt Munro Tim Hanna Penguin, $35.00, ISBN 0143019740 You’ve seen the movie, now read the book. In the case of the film The World’s Fastest Indian and this book, that is the better order

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Deep footprints, Jack Perkins

In the Air Henare te Ua Reed, $34.99, ISBN 0790010119 Henare te Ua, grandson of Sir Apirana Ngata, cousin of Witi Ihimaera, takes us on a journey spanning the period from the 1930s to the end of the century; through

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