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Yearning and erasure, John Horrocks

He’s so MASC Chris Tse Auckland University Press, $30.00, ISBN 1781869408879 The Facts Therese Lloyd Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781776561810 Dark Days at the Oxygen Café James Norcliffe Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781776560837 (more…)
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Getting the news out, James Norcliffe

Surviving 7.8: New Zealanders Respond to the Earthquakes of November 2016 Phil Pennington and Radio New Zealand HarperCollins, $35.00, ISBN 9781775541103   New Zealanders, Cantabrians in particular, have, over the last half-dozen years, become reluctant experts in earthquakes. We have…
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Posted in History, Media, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Cliquety-clique? David Hill

Twice Upon a Time James Norcliffe Puffin NZ, $17.00, ISBN 9780143770671 Into the White Joanna Grochowicz Allen and Unwin, $19.00, ISBN 9781760293659 Taupo Blows! Doug Wilson Bateman, $19.00, ISBN 9781869539672 Those accusations from a few months back – the ones…
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Posted in Children, Fiction, Literature, Review

Not settled yet, Claudia Jardine

Christchurch Ruptures Katie Pickles BWB Texts, $15.00, ISBN 9780908321292 Leaving the Red Zone: Poems from the Canterbury Earthquakes James Norcliffe and Joanna Preston (eds) Clerestory Press, $40.00, ISBN 9780992251758 When the time came to decide what I would do after…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

History lessons, James Norcliffe

Monkey Boy    Donovan Bixley Scholastic, $16.50, ISBN 9781775431862 Trouble in Time     Adele Broadbent Scholastic, $19.00, ISBN 9781775432265 Monkey Boy opens with a prologue designed, no doubt, to catch its intended audience of younger, and not so young, boys. It’s 1804…
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Hurtling along, armed with a map, Eirlys Hunter

Soup and Bread Nōnen Títi Nōnen Títi, $25.00, ISBN 9780994107732 The Pirates and the Nightmaker James Norcliffe Longacre, $20.00, ISBN 9781775537694 The Volume of Possible Endings: A Tale of Fontania Barbara Else Gecko Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781927271377 Two of these…
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Posted in Children, Fiction, Literature, Review

eSensual readings, Murray Bramwell

Essential New Zealand Poems: Facing the Empty Page Siobhan Harvey, James Norcliffe and Harry Ricketts (eds) Godwit, $45.00, ISBN 9781775534594 So what makes poems essential? In their introduction to this most appealing collection, the three editors mull over the problem…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Touch of darkness, Sarah Jane Barnett

Shadow Play James Norcliffe Proverse Hong Kong ISBN 9789881993588 Great South Road and South Side Tony Beyer Puriri Press ISBN 9780908943395 Remnants Leonard Lambert Steele Roberts ISBN 9781927242285 Curriculum Vitae Harold Jones Xlibris ISBN 9781493137527 (e-book also available) James Norcliffe…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Myth making, Angelina Sbroma

The Enchanted Flute James Norcliffe Longacre, $20.00, ISBN 9781869799267   Heart of Danger Fleur Beale Random House, $20.00, ISBN 9781869795436   In The Enchanted Flute, James Norcliffe (author of the celebrated Loblolly Boy series) makes classical myth the source and…
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Posted in Literature, Review, Young adults
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