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Heart to heart, Jane Westaway

Twelve Minutes of Love: A Tango Story Kapka Kassabova Portobello Books, $39.99, ISBN 9781846272844   Tango is just a dance in the sense that rugby is just a ball game. You live and breathe it. Or you don’t. Fans –…
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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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From Pine Hill to elsewhere, Dougal McNeill

Geography for the Lost Kapka Kassabova Auckland University Press, $25.00,  ISBN 9781869403874  Made for Weather Kay McKenzie Cooke University of Otago Press, $29.95,  ISBN 9781877372490 84-484 Geoff Cochrane Victoria University Press, $25.00,  ISBN 9780864735584 Cold Snack Janet Charman Auckland University…
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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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Extraordinary eyes, Vivienne Jepsen

Love in the Land of Midas Kapka Kassabova Penguin, $29.95, ISBN 0140298797 I have to say, at the outset, that I enjoyed reading Kapka Kassabova’s second novel. It’s a good story, told in such a way as to keep the…
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Mixing memory and desire, Kim Worthington

Dismemberment Kapka Kassabova Auckland University Press, $19.95, ISBN 1 86940 207 3 Reconnaissance Kapka Kassabova Penguin, $24.95, ISBN 0 14 028343 0 Marked as a new talent to watch, Kapka Kassabova has 
 received extensive media attention in the past two…
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Making a difference, Jane Stafford

All roads lead to the sea Kapka Kassabova Auckland University Press, $19.95, ISBN 1 86940 177 8 The Hungry Woman  Rachel Bush Victoria University Press, $19.95, ISBN 0 86473 327 5 Still Talking Bernadette Hall Victoria University Press, $19.95, ISBN…
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Poem — Kapka Kassabova

Still life On this april day, the trees shed themselves. The cruelty of seasons is the only cruelty today. On this april day something ends for you. Leaves muffle the stridency of metaphorical mercy killings. All day you watch a…
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