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Strength and integrity, Graeme McIndoe

Long Live the Modern: New Zealand’s New Architecture 1904-1984 Julia Gatley (ed) Auckland University Press, $64.99, ISBN 9781869404154 In this unashamedly celebratory volume, Julia Gatley has exercised a judicious eye in selecting and describing virtuoso architecture from all eras. Long

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Voicing, Harry Ricketts

The Rocky Shore Jenny Bornholdt Victoria University Press, $25.00,  ISBN 9780864735805 The Rocky Shore is Jenny Bornholdt’s ninth volume of poems, published over the last 20 years. Its six extended sequences, “Confessional”, “The Rocky Shore”, “Willow”, “Fitter Turner”, “A Long

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Poem — Miro Bilbrough

Door-snake    Door-snake got rolled. Dumped on the fringes of a shabby precinct, night. Door-snake was outsize, dirty puce. I mean, fat. Man-size. Spent the evening carousing in a low-life joint. Fleshy, hairless and invertebrate too. No wonder door-snake got

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Letters — Issue 87

From the heart Linda Burgess’ review of Chicken Feathers in the Winter issue of NZB was warm and kind and I thank her for that. She made a comment that has been echoed by other reviewers, that the book was

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Teacup warriors, Les Cleveland

Fernleaf Cairo: New Zealanders at Maadi Camp Alex Hedley (with Megan Hutching) HarperCollins, $36.39, ISBN 9781869507718 Grey Ghosts: New Zealand Vietnam Vets Talk About their War Deborah Challinor HarperCollins, $36.99, ISBN 9781869507718 Things Have Been Pretty Lively: The Great War

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Obituary — Terry Sturm

Terry Sturm (1941-2009) Terry Sturm, a major figure in the literary culture of New Zealand for more than a quarter of a century, died in June in Auckland after a long and characteristically tenacious battle with cancer. He would have

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Poets for the ear, Hugh Roberts

James K Baxter: Poems  Sam Hunt (ed)  Auckland University Press, $29.99,  ISBN 9781869404345 Doubtless: New and Selected Poems  Sam Hunt Craig Potton Publishing, $29.99, ISBN 9781877333811 Googling the phrase “New Zealand’s greatest poet” finds hits evenly divided between James K

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A hectic ride, Ruth Nichol

Limestone Fiona Farrell Vintage, $29.99, ISBN 9781869791681 By the time Murray lumbers into view on p15 of Fiona Farrell’s latest novel, Limestone, I knew I was in the hands of a writer who really knows what she’s doing. Dr Clare

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Home and away, Nicholas Reid

Dead People’s Music Sarah Laing Vintage, $29.99, ISBN 9781869791087 Footnotes to Sex Mia Farlane Viking, $37.00, ISBN 9780670917938 Mother’s Day Laurence Fearnley Penguin, $28.00, ISBN 9780143011255 I am male, middle-aged, heterosexual and monogamous. The first two terms make me different

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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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