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Genre-blending, Janet Hughes

Russian Dolls Bronwyn Tate Otago University Press, $24.95, ISBN 1 877133 77 9 Spirit Writing Adrienne Jansen HarperCollins, $24.95, ISBN 1 86950 317 1 Genre can be a tool or a trap. By the time a particular predicament has been…
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Reclaiming narrative, Janet Hughes

Jump Start Virginia Were Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0 86473 358 5 Rapunzel Rapunzel Janet Charman Auckland University Press, $19.95, ISBN 1 86940 208 1 Hearing the word “narrative” on the lips of a psychologist and an economist within…
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Fascination, mystery, intrigue? Boring, Janet Hughes

Vows: Nuns and Priests Speak Out Denis Edwards Penguin, $24.95. ISBN 0 140 27159 7 This small book represents two trends apparent in recent publishing. One is the vogue for oral history — Vows consists of edited interview material, the…
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Is it writing? Janet Hughes

No Flowers: writing by women imprisoned ed Gilbert Haisman Arohata women’s prison, $19.95, ISBN 0 473 0440 Because this small collection is subtitled writing by women imprisoned I  assumed initially that I was bound to approach it differently from the…
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With a little help, Janet Hughes

Becoming a Writer Dorothea Brande Macmillan, $29.95, ISBN 0 333 65377 7 The Writer’s Companion Barry Turner Macmillan, $34.95, ISBN 0 333 62133 6 In 1934 when Dorothea Brande wrote the much-reprinted Becoming a Writer, people didn’t say “I’m not…
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It’s all in the touch, Janet Hughes

If to judge a book by its cover is folly, call me foolish. I have bought some just for their covers, others for their illustrations or their typography or even their title pages. Of course I treasure most the rare…
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Distracting rhetoric, Janet Hughes

Blowing My Top Kevin Ireland Penguin Books, $24.95, ISBN 0 140 25645 8 The opening of Blowing My Top discovers the hero, Darby Fulljames, in full cry, venting his discontent at his bankruptcy, disgrace and incarceration. Reading it, I couldn’t…
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Imperfect sex, seamless Fat Janet Hughes

Leaving Carol Sinclair Hazard Press, $19.95, ISBN 0 908790 89 9 Fat Raewyn Alexander Penguin, $24.95, ISBN 0 140 26037 4 Sailing Through the Amber Susan Hancock Black Pepper, $19.95, ISBN 1 876044 02 0 A first novel reflects not…
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Being elsewhere, Janet Hughes

Landscape with Lines Diana Bridge Auckland University Press, $19.95 ISBN 1869401522 Antipodes Michael Jackson Auckland University Press, $19.95 ISBN 1869401581 Surprising the Slug Bernard Brown Cape Catley, $17.95 ISBN 0 908561504 Celebrating Stones Nadine LaHatte Puriri Press, $25.00 ISBN 0…
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Wincing and reading on, Barbara Mabbett

Style Book: a guide for New Zealand writers and editors Derek Wallace and Janet Hughes, (revised and expanded) GP Publications, $29.95 ISBN 1 86956 123 6 The word “style”, occupying as it does several columns of the Big Oxford, can…
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