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Filling historical gaps, Claire Mabey

Daylight Second
Kelly Ana Morey
HarperCollins, $37.00,
ISBN 9781775540526

I am certain that I’ve seen Phar Lap. Somewhere, in the back of my memory, is a child’s-eye view of a very large horse in a glass case in a museum, somewhere. Claimed by Australians like pavlova and Crowded House, he’s up there on the shelf reserved for New Zealand national icons: All Blacks, Phar Lap, kiwifruit, Helen Clark.

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Off the main drag, John McCrystal

Gravel Roads Peter Butler David Ling, $29.99, ISBN 9781877378461   The Widow’s Daughter Nicholas Edlin Penguin, $40.00, ISBN 9780143204091   Settlers’ Creek Carl Nixon Vintage, $29.99, ISBN 9781869794033   Quinine  Kelly Ana Morey Huia, $35.00, ISBN 9781869694319   Peter Butler

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More or less, Linley Boniface

Opportunity Charlotte Grimshaw Vintage, $27.99, ISBN 9781869418793 On an Island, with Consequences Dire Kelly Ana Morey Penguin, $28.00, ISBN 9780143020950 A newspaper columnist of the cantankerous-old-bastard variety lies in his hospital bed, delirious with pain. As nurses fuss over him,

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How not to, Jane Westaway

How to Read a Book Kelly Ana Morey Awa Press, $24.95, ISBN 0958253897 How to Look at a Picture Justin Paton Awa Press, $24.95, ISBN 0958253889 Second-rate fiction, someone said, is utterly useless. A poor novel or short story gets

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Ghosts and drummers, Bronwyn Tate

Grace is Gone Kelly Ana Morey Penguin, $28.00, ISBN 0143019406 Rhythm Rebekah Palmer Penguin, $28.00, ISBN 0143019058 In 2004 Penguin published second books by two of New Zealand’s emerging novelists. Kelly Ana Morey was recipient of the Todd New Writers’

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Family gatherings, Isa Moynihan

Lily’s Cupola Bronwyn Tate University of Otago Press, $29.95, ISBN 1877276596 Bloom Kelly Ana Morey Penguin, $27.95, ISBN 0143018922 Joybird Rosemary Wildblood David Ling, $29.95, ISBN 0998990901 The three-generation novel has always been popular with women writers. Besides Lily’s Cupola, Bloom

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