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Friends and other strangers, Murray Bramwell

Playing Friends Marilyn Duckworth Vintage, $27.99, ISBN 9781869418694 Trendy But Casual Paula Morris Penguin Books, $28.00, ISBN 9780143006398 It’s that time in later middle age when school reunions have become like a dawn (or twilight) parade of veterans and survivors.…
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The art of the odd, Janet Wilson

Swallowing Diamonds Marilyn Duckworth Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 1869415485 In Marilyn Duckworth, New Zealand has its finest writer of the absurd. Although others have written about states of unreality or non-reality – most particularly Janet Frame, younger novelists like Elizabeth Knox,…
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Identity crises, Ruth Butterworth

Cherries on a Plate ed Marilyn Duckworth Random House, $25.95 ISBN 1 86941 287 7 Six Clever Girls Who Became Famous Women Fiona Farrell Penguin Books, $24.95 ISBN 0 140 25356 4 England has social class; India and America have…
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Of an age, Heather Murray

River Lines Elspeth Sandys Hodder Moa Beckett, $29.95, ISBN 3 4059998 7 Leather Wings Marilyn Duckworth Random House Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1 86941 261 3 Zoology Sheridan Keith Penguin, $24.95, ISBN 0 14025281 9 The House Guest Barbara Anderson Victoria…
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Women among the puritans, Heather Murray

A Barbarous Tongue Marilyn Duckworth Vintage New Zealand (first pub Hutchinson & Co, 1963), $24.95 Fooling Marilyn Duckworth Hazard Press, $9.95 Marilyn Duckworth stands alone in New Zealand fiction, occupying a lofty and lonely spot few others have had the…
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Inner worlds, outer worlds, Jane Parkin

Seeing Red Marilyn Duckworth, Vintage, $19.95 Fifteen Rubies by Candlelight Shonagh Koea, Vintage, $19.95 Reading Shonagh Koea’s stories in Fifteen Rubies by Candlelight is like sampling a box of good, rich chocolates. Read (or eat) too many at once and…
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Minnie Mouse plays Anna Karenina, Iain Sharp

Staying Home and Being Rotten Shonagh Koea, Vintage, $19.95 Unlawful Entry Marilyn Duckworth, Vintage, $19.95 It’s always presumptuous to thrust two authors under a single umbrella. At least in the present instance one can point, by way of excuse, to…
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