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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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Pioneers of bicultural spirituality, Paul Morris

Ratana: The Prophet  Keith Newman Raupo, $40.00, ISBN 978014310972 Double Rainbow: James Baxter, Ngati Hau and the Jerusalem Commune  John Newton Victoria University Press, $40.00,  ISBN 9780864736037 Pakeha and Maori find themselves in Martin Heidegger’s phrase “thrown” together in our…
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Posted in Health, Māori, Non-fiction, Review

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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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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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review, Young adults

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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Posted in Non-fiction, Photography, Review
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