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Bearing witness, again, Louise Wareham Leonard

That F word: Growing Up Feminist in Aotearoa Lizzie Marvelly HarperCollins, $35.00, ISBN 9781775541127 There was an Empress of Austria named Elisabeth – many called her Sissi – a beauty and horsewoman and wife of Franz Joseph, and she was…
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Looking for love, Kirsten McDougall

52 Men  Louise Wareham Leonard Red Hen Press, $36.00, ISBN 97815970999967 I felt deeply sad upon finishing Louise Wareham Leonard’s new book, 52 Men. Its constituent 52 parts tell a story that fits right into our Tinder-times, even though Leonard…
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Life invisible, Louise Wareham Leonard

The Pale North Hamish Clayton Penguin, $30.00 ISBN 9780143569268 The Pale North, written by 1977 Hawke’s Bay-born Hamish Clayton, is an experiment, a metafiction, a deconstruction, a love letter and an investigation heir to certain writers – the late German…
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A damn good shake up, Beryl Fletcher

Caging Skies Christine Leunens Vintage, $27.99, ISBN 9781869419578 Remember Me Derek Hansen HarperCollins, $34.99, ISBN 9780732287160 Miss Me a Lot Of Louise Wareham Leonard Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9780864735553 In New Zealand Books Autumn 2008, Elizabeth Caffin writes that…
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