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Snowflake game, David Larsen

The Geometry of Desire Linda Niccol David Ling, $24.99, ISBN 1877378054 Fish’n’Chip Shop Song and Other Stories Carl Nixon Random, $27.99, ISBN 1869417615 I set out recently to teach my nine-year-old son about apostrophes. It was pleasingly straightforward. You learn…
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Sherry with Olive, Elspeth Sandys

Elspeth Sandys finds that a room of one’s own – no matter where or next to whom – is still something to write home about.    It is a truth universally acknowledged that a writer needs a room of her…
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Nigel Cox, Damien Wilkins

Nigel Cox (1951-2006) We pay tribute to the novelist’s life and work with this 2004 Tarzan Presley launch speech by his friend and fellow-novelist Damien Wilkins. Tarzan Presley, as the title tells us, is a topical story about an unusual…
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Poem — Gregory O’Brien

Ode to fashion (for Doris De Pont)   Of your over-reaching lines and the displaced hem enough said, fashion being a kind of biography in which the shape of a life is contained but not in words. Let us consider…
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Lost love, Catharina van Bohemen

Come Yesterday  Sue Emms Hazard Press, $29.99, ISBN 1877270768 The Lie of the Land  Rhonda Bartle Hazard Press, $29.99, ISBN 1877270814 K Road  Ted Dawe Longacre Press, $29.95, ISBN 1877361194 Three second novels by literary latecomers, or writers “d’un certain…
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In cold blood, David Capie

New Zealand and the Vietnam War: Politics and Diplomacy Roberto Rabel Auckland University Press, $49.95, ISBN 1869403401 Surrounded by placard-waving students at Waikato University during August 2005, election campaign, Prime Minister Helen Clark launched a scathing attack on her opponent’s…
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Revisionist urges, Anna Rogers

The Rope of Man Witi Ihimaera Reed, $34.99, ISBN 0790008947 It’s surely a disconcerting and disturbing notion: that a writer’s early books can be rewritten many years later to take account of changes in his life, or in the evolution…
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Frame en français, Philip Knight

Le Lagon et Autres Nouvelles  Janet Frame (trans Jean Anderson and Nadine Ribault) Des Femmes-Antoinette Fouque, $28.50 [approx], ISBN 2721005278 In the past several years literary relations between New Zealand and France have come alive as never before. Among the…
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Killing what we love, Garth Baker

Pohutukawa and Rata: New Zealand’s Iron-hearted Trees Philip Simpson Te Papa Press with the Project Crimson Trust, $99.99 (hb), $59.99 (pb), ISBN 1877385131/0909010994 Philip Simpson’s Pohutukawa and Rata follows his earlier homage to cabbage trees. He wrote his popular Dancing…
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A three-act life, Jenny Robin Jones

White Chief: The Colourful Life and Times of Judge F E Maning of the Hokianga John Nicholson Penguin, $39.95, ISBN 0143020226 In Omapere Museum in the Hokianga, the area F E Maning called home for most of his life, a…
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