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Last words, Louise O’Brien

Stunning Debut of the Repairing of a Life Leigh Davis Otago University Press, $39.95, ISBN 9781877578002   In 2008, Leigh Davis (1955-2009) underwent radio-therapy treatment following surgery for a brain tumour which directly affected his ability to express himself in…
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The good, the bad and the epic, Louise O’Brien

As the Earth Turns Silver Alison Wong Penguin Books, $37.00, ISBN 0143011677 Who Sings for Lu?  Alan Duff Vintage, $36.99, ISBN 9781869790585 The Adventures of Vela Albert Wendt Huia, $35.00, ISBN 9781869693633 Alison Wong’s As the Earth Turns Silver describes…
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Wholemeal, Louise O’Brien

Drybread Owen Marshall Vintage, $27.95, ISBN 9781869419196 Drybread is Owen Marshall’s third novel, adding to an already rich body of work. His last novel, Harlequin Rex, won the Montana New Zealand Book Awards Deutz Medal for Fiction in 2000. Indeed,…
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A stitch-up, Louise O’Brien

Hummingbird James George Huia, $34.95, ISBN 1877283665 The Mango’s Kiss Albert Wendt Vintage, $34.95, ISBN 1869415809 Hummingbird, James George’s second and very readable novel, recounts the unlikely convergence of four sharply drawn characters, who, for very different reasons, find themselves…
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Eluding closure, Louise O’Brien

Listening to the Everly Brothers and Other Stories Elizabeth Smither Penguin, $27.95, ISBN 0143018205 I’ve never been a big fan of the short story. I’ve always found it to be, at once, far too short and far too long. Mired…
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The uses of memory, Louise O’Brien

Little Moon  Emma Neale Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1869414756 Little Moon, Emma Neale’s second novel, following the success of Night Swimming in 1998, is an account of the troubled childhood and adolescence of a young woman growing up in New Zealand.…
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