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As you can see, Issue 119 of New Zealand Books Pukapuka Aotearoa comes to you in an exciting, new version, slightly smaller in size, but with eight more pages, and in colour throughout. We hope you like the results as…
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People and places, Louise O’Brien

A Surfeit of Sunsets Dulcie Castree Mākaro Press, $35.00, ISBN 9780994123787 The Earth Cries Out Bonnie Etherington Vintage, $38.00, ISBN 9780143770657 In the late Dulcie Castree’s novel, Shirley abandons her sophisticated life in Wellington in favour of the small seaside…
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Reeling them in

Editorial It’s been a year since Peppercorn Press and New Zealand Books Pukapuka Aotearoa launched Hooked on NZ Books, www.hookedonbooks.org.nz, a website designed to encourage, nurture and publish young reviewers reading New Zealand books. During our first year, Hooked on…
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Issue 115 — Editorial

Taking it personally Recent conversations about the state of reviewing in New Zealand have been dominated by demands, sometimes pleas, that reviewers be brave and honest. Of course. We, too, at New Zealand Books Pukapuka Aotearoa look for bravery and…
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Editorial — Issue 110

Obligatory piety We don’t know whether, like us, others are feeling a certain uneasiness at the direction the WWI/Anzac centenary commemorations (often celebrations) are taking. That the platoons of books regularly pouring off the presses, here and overseas, that the…
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Myself alone, Louise O’Brien

Landscape with Solitary Figure Shonagh Koea Vintage, $30.00, ISBN 9781775535881 Shonagh Koea’s novel Landscape with Solitary Figure is concerned with themes of domestic trauma, emotional unhappiness, withdrawal and solitude, written with a careful attention to detail which mires the reader…
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Editorial — Issue 105

Something old, something new Between us, we have noticed – with a progression of interest, appetite, and increasing alarm, rather swiftly replaced by boredom – a growing body of new novels that look very much like the old. Sequels, prequels,…
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Alternate lives, Louise O’Brien

Don Vicente’s Daughter and Other Stories John Parkyn Oceanbooks, price unavailable, ISBN 978192715012 All the Voices Cry  Alice Petersen Biblioasis, $15.95, ISBN 978196845524  Ancestry Albert Wendt Huia, $35.00, ISBN 9781775500377 John Parkyn’s first volume of short stories, Don Vicente’s Daughter…
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What’s been lost, Louise O’Brien

The Silence Beyond: Selected Writings Michael King (introduction by Rachael King) Penguin, $42.00, ISBN 9780143565567   The Passionless People Revisited Gordon McLauchlan David Bateman, $30.00, ISBN 9781869537906   The Silence Beyond is a new and posthumous selection of rare and…
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Ths pm is lk a brkn cty, Louise O’Brien

The Broken Book Fiona Farrell Auckland University Press, $34.99, ISBN 9781869405762   Renowned for her short fiction, novels, poetry and plays, Fiona Farrell’s distinguished writing career earned her the 2007 New Zealand Prime Minister’s Award for Fiction. This latest work,…
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