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Getting a handle on it, Paula Morris

Crown Lynn: A New Zealand Icon Valerie Ringer Monk Penguin, $45.00, ISBN 0143020633  Crown Lynn, Valerie Ringer Monk’s articulate account of New Zealand’s favourite pottery, serves many functions, from appealing coffee-table book to collectors’ guide to a 50-year local history…
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Wrighting it, Chris Hilliard

Two Peoples, One Land: The New Zealand Wars Matthew Wright  Reed, $39.99, ISBN 079001064X Military fortifications, like oceanic navigation, the archaeology of New Zealand, and the commercial and maritime policies of the early modern Spanish and Portuguese empires, are a…
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Seeing as God saw, John McCrystal

Mr Allbones’ Ferrets: An Historical Pastoral Satirical Scientifical Romance, with Mustelids Fiona Farrell Vintage, $27.99, ISBN 9781869418649 “What a book a devil’s chaplain might write,” Charles Darwin exclaimed in a letter to eminent botanist J D Hooker, “on the clumsy,…
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Dreaming on, Tatjana Schaefer

Dreamquake Elizabeth Knox HarperCollins, $27.99, ISBN 0732281946 “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there”: L P Hartley’s famous opening to The Go-Between has become proverbial, and most media nowadays enjoy the occasional nostalgia-trip into this exotic…
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Letters – Issue 80

Gender reassignment Thanks for the kind review of my story “The Sea as Past” (NZB Spring 2007, p26). And my gratitude also for the gender reassignment: it has been a most enlightening experience, and far less painful than is sometimes…
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Coming of age for Kiwi baddies, Bernard Carpinter

The Cleaner Paul Cleave Black Swan, $29.95, ISBN 9781869417604 The Killing Hour Paul Cleave Black Swan, $27.99, ISBN 9781869418663 Overkill Vanda Symon Penguin, $28.00, ISBN 9780143006657 From My Cold, Cold Hands David McGill Silver Owl Press, $34.99,  ISBN 9780958245159 The…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review

Obituary — Ian Middleton

Ian Middleton 1928-2007 Novelist Ian Middleton, who died in Auckland in October, worked as a merchant seaman and an English teacher in Japan before becoming a fulltime writer and publishing his first novel, Pet Shop, in 1979. Later novels included…
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Every breath you take, Rae Varcoe

Adverse Reactions: The Fenoterol Story Neil Pearce Auckland University Press, $40.00,  ISBN 9781869403744 At the outset I confess to a personal interest in this story. I am a physician (some physicians are among the villains of this piece), and I…
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Editorial – Issue 80

Fruit and veg Who’d be a judge? Particularly a literary judge. As Kevin Ireland once observed, when you’re a judge, the only ones who love you are the winners. Which, taken to the other extreme, can mean former mates crossing…
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