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Loosening stiff upper lips, Charlotte Graham

Leap of Faith  Jenny Pattrick Black Swan, $38.00, ISBN 9780143770916 Good Sons Greg Hall Mary Egan Publishing, $32.00, ISBN 9780473383787 It seems there are two major challenges for any author wanting to write about New Zealand in some of its…
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War stories, Anne Else

Passing Through Coral Atkinson Dancing Tuatara, $35.00, ISBN 9780473262693 Heartland Jenny Pattrick Black Swan, $37.00, ISBN 9781775535850 Tropic of Guile Sue McCauley Xlibris, $42.00, ISBN 9781483683195 All three of these novels centre on hard-won survival against the odds of poverty,…
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Another country, Catharina van Bohemen

Alice and Luigi Graeme Lay David Ling, $29.99, ISBN 1877378070 In Touch with Grace Jenny Pattrick Black Swan, $27.99, ISBN 1869417674 As we grow older,  we look over our shoulders. We want to see where we came from, whether our…
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Heroes, villains, fatal flaws, Jenny Robin Jones

Catching the Current Jenny Pattrick Black Swan, $27.95, ISBN 1869417259 Union Belle Deborah Challinor HarperCollins, $31.99, ISBN 186950559X The Love Apple Coral Atkinson Black Swan, $27.95, ISBN 1869417208 New Zealanders, we are told, are avid for their history. To help…
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Like a good ballad, Catharina van Bohemen

Heart of Coal  Jenny Pattrick Black Swan, $26.95, ISBN 186941604X Heart of Coal is the sequel to Jenny Pattrick’s highly Successful Denniston Rose – the story of the isolated inhabitants of the coal-mining town of Denniston on the West Coast.…
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Light reading, dark lives, Margie Thomson

The Denniston Rose Jenny Pattrick Black Swan, $26.95, ISBN 1869415612 This highly readable historical novel has already had a big thumbs-up from readers, and it’s not hard to understand why. It’s a darkly engaging story that almost constitutes a new…
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More show than substance, Jenny Pattrick

The Arts & Crafts Movement in New Zealand 1870-1940 Ann Calhoun Auckland University Press, $89.95, ISBN 1869402294 This is a large and handsome art book. Its hardcover, square format, copious illustrations and intelligent design suggest an honoured place on the…
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