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The resilience of children, Ann Beaglehole

Frederick’s Coat Alan Duff Vintage, $38.00, ISBN 9781869415662 Bangs Stevan Eldred-Grigg Penguin, $30.00, ISBN 9780143568063 Waiting for Elizabeth Joan Rosier-Jones Tangerine Publications, $30.00, ISBN 9780987664617 Alan Duff is one of our most esteemed writers. His best-known novel Once Were Warriors…
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What a bind! Joan Rosier-Jones

Joan Rosier-Jones agonises over Coptic bookbinding. A student of mine once wrote a delightful story called “The Capsicum Conspiracy” for his daughter’s ninth birthday. His wife went on the internet and learned how to bind it into a book, and…
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Invasion of the strange, Joan Rosier-Jones

Villa Pacifica Kapka Kassabova Penguin Books, $39.00, ISBN 9780143205029   All That We Remember Zoë Adams HarperCollins, $29.99, ISBN 9781869508821   The Graphologist’s Apprentice Whiti Hereaka Huia, $35.00, ISBN 97811869694227   Many years ago television director Peter Sharpe asked for…
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Moments of triumph, Joan Rosier-Jones

Transit of Venus Rowan Metcalfe Huia, $31.95, ISBN 1869690834 Love in Shades of Grey Glynne MacLean Penguin, $28.00, ISBN 0143019309 Like Small Bones Ruth Pettis Hazard Press, $24.99, ISBN 1877270784 A first novel does not just appear. It is usually…
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Regeneration, Joan Rosier-Jones

Grand Stands ed Barbara Else Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1869414144 Grandparenting with Love and Laughter Trish Gribben Tandem, $29.95, ISBN 1877178683 Baby boomers are heading into the golden age. Well-educated, fit and lively, they are exchanging the will to be perfect…
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