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The big player, George Griffiths

Writer and historian George Griffiths pays tribute to writer A P Gaskell, whose commemorative plaque joined others’ in Dunedin’s Octagon earlier this year. I’m delighted that my old teacher A P Gaskell – Alec Pickard, in real life – is…
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Issue 78 | Winter 2007

  Volume 17 | Number 2 | Issue 78 | Winter 2007 Letters Guy Somerset: Lydia Monin, From the Writer’s Notebook: Around New Zealand with 80 Authors John Campbell: Harry Ricketts, How to Catch a Cricket Match Deborah Montgomerie: David…
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Another country, Catharina van Bohemen

Alice and Luigi Graeme Lay David Ling, $29.99, ISBN 1877378070 In Touch with Grace Jenny Pattrick Black Swan, $27.99, ISBN 1869417674 As we grow older,  we look over our shoulders. We want to see where we came from, whether our…
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Sounding real Tina Shaw

The Fountain of Tears Stephanie de Montalk Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864735316 Ocean Roads James George Huia, $34.99, ISBN 1869692373 At the Heart of Hiruharama Isabel Waiti-Mulholland Huia, $34.95, ISBN 1869692381 Following on from the biography of her cousin,…
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Braided narratives, Stephen Harris

Different Kinds of Pleasure Elizabeth Smither Penguin, $28.00, ISBN 014302065X My Name Was Judas C K Stead Harvill Secker, $28.00, ISBN 9781846550126 Elizabeth Smither is adept at sounding the depths of the seemingly incidental moment or quotidian encounter. Laura Bening,…
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Ways of being in the world, Eirlys Hunter

When Mum Went Funny Jack Lasenby Longacre Press, $16.99, ISBN 1877361534 The Whizbanger That Emmental Built Reuben Schwarz Puffin, $17.95, ISBN 0143318381 Chute Thru Janice Marriott Mallinson Rendel, $17.00, ISBN 0958262632 Thor’s Tale: Endurance & Adventure in the Southern Ocean …
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Poem – Maggie Rainey-Smith

Menopause   (Inspired by an essay by Ursula K Le Guin,  “The Space Crone”, 1976). Ursula urges me to become a Crone to not bemoan my declining hormones to wear grey hair catch a space ship somewhere out there so I…
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Boyznbooks, Rose Lovell-Smith

And Did Those Feet Ted Dawe Longacre Press, $18.99, ISBN 9781877361494 Single Fin Aaron Topp Random House, $18.99, ISBN 1869417844 Castaway: The Diary of Samuel Abraham Clark, Disappointment Island, 1907 Bill O’Brien Scholastic, $16.99, ISBN 1869437500 Boyznbikes Vince Ford Scholastic,…
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The hum of their parts, Anna Jackson

Paperchase  G Brassi Scholastic, $17.00, ISBN 1869437098 Thieves Ella West Longacre Press, $18.99, ISBN 1877361488 Genesis Bernard Beckett Longacre Press, $18.99, ISBN 9781877361524 These three novels are all presented as thrillers. It is interesting to see thrillers being written especially…
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Beautiful and organic, Christine Johnston

Dunedin writer Christine Johnston rediscovers the still-growing pleasures of Tom’s Midnight Garden. I would have borrowed a copy of Tom’s Midnight Garden from Dunedin Children’s Library, which in those days was located in two of the terraced houses in Stuart…
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