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The light and the dark, Geoffrey Miles

The Loblolly Boy and the Sorcerer James Norcliffe Longacre, $19.99, ISBN 9781877460692   Sacrifice Joanna Orwin HarperCollins, $26.99, ISBN 9781869509125   It’s rare for a modern children’s writer to create a really original fantasy creature, but James Norcliffe achieved it…
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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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No easy heroics, James Norcliffe

Shadow of the Mountain  Anna Mackenzie Longacre Press, $18.99, ISBN 9781877460005 Smashed  Mandy Hager Random House, $18.99, ISBN 9781869419424 Gool  Maurice Gee Puffin, $19.95, ISBN 9780143304005   Each of these kidult novels tells a compelling story in a tightly written yet…
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Strange worlds, Heather Murray

Song of the Brakeman Bill Direen Titus Books, $29.95, ISBN 0958258678 The Assassin of Gleam James Norcliffe Hazard Press, $29.99, ISBN1877270997 Departure Lounge Chad Taylor Jonathan Cape, $34.99, ISBN 9780224075047 Southern Style Craig Marriner Vintage, $27.99, ISBN 1869417100 It never…
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Hearing the voice, James Norcliffe

The Singing Harp Iain Sharp Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, $15.00, ISBN 1869420365 The Dwarf and the Stripper and other poems Stephen Sinclair Addenda, $19.95, ISBN 095821865X To … Bill Dacker Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, $15.00, ISBN 1869420357 Many…
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Sharpening the blade, Anna Livesey

Someone else’s life Kapka Kassabova Auckland University Press, $24.95, ISBN 1869403045 Rat Tickling James Norcliffe Sudden Valley Press, $19.95, ISBN 0958209146 How To Occupy Ourselves David Howard and Fiona Pardington HeadworX, $29.95, ISBN 0473-094363 Someone else’s life is a sort…
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Referencing the self, James Norcliffe

Storyteller  Simon Williamson HeadworX, $29.95, ISBN 0473086220 Boat People Tim Jones HeadworX, $19.95, ISBN 0473087456 Chantal’s Book  Jack Ross HeadworX, $19.95, ISBN 0473087448 Through his Wellington HeadworX publishing house Mark Pirie has become something of a phenomenon in recent years…
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Poem – James Norcliffe

made objects as you stroke this smoothness into warmth your finger will meet no resistance the marks of the plane will have been sanded away with glass paper there will be an application of the molasses-coloured oil with this soft…
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Willow pattern poetry, Mark Pirie

A Kind of Kingdom James Norcliffe Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0 86473 351 8 James Norcliffe lives in Christchurch – a place that has, in 
 recent years, become a hive of poetic activity. Its pub-lishers such as Sudden Valley…
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Poem – James Norcliffe

dog days they would lie out of the sun, separately panting pelts deep under cars or cloistered, if they dared, under deserted verandahs or car-ports their heads would swivel lazily without focus or interest, now at night they gather into…
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