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Bury my heart in the Maniototo, Laura Kroetsch

Speaking for Themselves: Ex-pats Have Their Say Jan Morgan Cape Catley, $29.99, ISBN 9781877340123 Visitors to New Zealand are asked, not long after arrival, a little question that comes up again and again – “So, what do you think of…
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Truth vs the good story, Laura Kroetsch

Barbed Wire Between Us: A story of love and war Derek Round Random House, $29.95, ISBN 1869415248 Last of the Whalers: Charlie Heberley’s Story Heather Heberley Cape Catley, $29.95, ISBN 0908561903 In Search of Elisa Marchetti: A Writer’s Search for…
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Laying ghost, Laura Kroetsch

Haunt Bronwyn Bannister Otago University Press, $24.95, ISBN 1877133841 Between Black and White Eirlys Hunter Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1869414284 I find that when reading a first novel I often flick to the little publisher logo on the spine. I acknowledge…
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Editorial – Issue 35

Guest editorial: No longer Charing Cross Road Once upon a time New Zealand had a fortress economy and by all accounts life was good but you couldn’t actually buy much. I didn’t live here then, but know from my own…
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A book reader; what else? Laura Kroetsch

The Dominion of Signs Nick Perry, Auckland University Press, $34.95 A few weeks ago a debate appeared in the Times Higher Education Supplement which Colin MacCabe (head of research and education at the British Film Institute) and Graham McCann (a…
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Real‑life stories? Laura Kroetsch

Other Voices 3: Lifestories Ruth and Oz Kraus (eds), Brick Row/ Hallard Press, $19.95 Other Voices 3: Lifestories is one of those books you read and, midway through the page, stop, grab the phone and call anyone you can. It…
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