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New worlds, old ways, Elspeth Sandys

Forbidden Cities  Paula Morris  Penguin Books, $28.00, ISBN 9780143009146 Etiquette for a Dinner Party  Sue Orr  Vintage, $29.99, ISBN 9781869790072 The Best New Zealand Fiction Volume 5 Owen Marshall (ed) Vintage, $34.99, ISBN 978869419790 The problem with reviewing short story…
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Good clean fun, Bernard Carpinter

Bold Blood Lindy Kelly HarperCollins, $36.99, ISBN 9781869507336 Full Moon Fever David Rodewald Rodewald Family Trust, $25.00,  ISBN 9780473132736 The Bone Tiki David Hair HarperCollins, $19.99, ISBN 9781869507343 Bold Blood comes with a foreword recommendation from Mark Todd, which may…
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Fierce bliss, Jane Stafford

The Angel’s Cut Elizabeth Knox Victoria University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9780864736000 In Elizabeth Knox’s 1998 novel The Vintner’s Luck an old French peasant from 19th century Burgundy who sees the angel Xas is carted off to the asylum; in its…
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What, where, here, not here, Peter Ireland

Peter Peryer Photographer  Peter Peryer (photographs); Peter Simpson and Peter Peryer (essays) Auckland University Press, $59.99,  ISBN 9781869494178 Room Room Ann Shelton (photographs); Martin Patrick (essay) City Gallery in association with McNamara Gallery, $7.00, ISBN 0958270465 Acerbic old Degas once…
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Waiting for sunshine Christine Johnston

Singularity Charlotte Grimshaw Vintage, $32.99, ISBN 9781869791384 Relief Anna Taylor Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9780864735874 These new publications by young female authors appear at first glance to have quite a lot in common. Take the single-word abstract-noun titles. Take…
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Poem — David Eggleton

Christchurch Gothic   Summer’s Avon spelt the names of atua in green, and through trees sun shafts dug at dappled lawns, as if to unearth a circuit-board of worm-holes, the universe beneath the labyrinth, the silent presence of mountain shingle…
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Flights of fancy, Diane Hebley

Sting Raymond Huber Walker Books, $16.99, ISBN 9781921150890 The Strange and Diverting Story of The Loblolly Boy: A Fantasy Novel Involving Enchantment, Mystery, one Garden Gnome and a Wombat’s Bottom James Norcliffe Longacre Press, $19.99, ISBN 9781877460258 Return for the…
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What sustains, Stella Ramage

Mrkusich: The Art of Transformation  Alan Wright and Edward Hanfling Auckland University Press, $99.99, ISBN 9781869404376 I had a sort of epiphany the first time I saw a painting by Piet Mondrian. Prior to this my Mondrian experience had been…
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Anti-brain fade, Bernard Beckett

Anti-brain fade Self-confessed geek Bernard Beckett is seduced by the history of science Asked to write on a “book that means a lot to you”, I knew I’d write about non-fiction, and indeed a piece of science writing. I am…
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