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The Gee-spot, Roger Robinson

Blindsight Maurice Gee Penguin, $34.95, ISBN 0143020234 Alice Ferry, narrator and co-protagonist of Maurice Gee’s new novel, is a mycologist – an expert on fungi. That is, her professional life is devoted to studying spongy, fragile, morbid life-forms that lurk…
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The dark night of the decent bloke, Peter Wells

The Scornful Moon Maurice Gee Penguin, $34.95, ISBN 0143018752 Anyone who has heard Maurice Gee read can summon up his tone of voice: discerning, patient and artful. He is a shrewd observer of the human condition with, at times, an…
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Variations on the familiar, Lawrence Jones

Ellie and the Shadow Man  Maurice Gee Penguin Books, $34.95, ISBN 0141004177 Responses to Maurice Gee’s Ellie and the Shadow Man, his fourteenth adult novel and his twenty-sixth book, will probably vary between the extremes marked by two of my…
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Secrets and lies, Fleur Beale

Love and Other Excuses Jane Westaway Longacre, $14.95, ISBN 1 877135 28 3 Hostel Girl Maurice Gee Penguin, $15.95, ISBN 0 14 130653 X Jerome William Taylor Longacre, $14.95, ISBN 1 877135 29 1 I started reading Love and Other…
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What do you think of New Zealand? Lloyd James

The Hard Light Stuart Hoar Penguin, $29.95 ISBN 0 14027505 3 Live Bodies Maurice Gee Penguin, $34.95 ISBN 0 140273808 4 Burn my head in Heaven John Pule Penguin, $24.95 ISBN 0 14027374 3 Last year I read Drowning, a…
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Surprising ourselves, Lawrence Jones

Loving Ways  Maurice Gee Penguin, $29.95, ISBN 0 140 25789 6 Little Masters Damien Wilkins VUP, $24.95, ISBN 0 86473 298 8 The reader of Loving Ways will quickly recognise family resemblances to earlier Gee novels. The structure within two…
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A fat boy, a creek and personal responsibility, Judith Holloway

Maurice Gee’s latest children’s novel, The Fat Man, this year won the AIM Children’s Book of the Year award, the AIM Junior Fiction award and the Esther Glen award (which is made annually by the Library Association for the most…
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Most significant work in NZ realism, Lawrence Jones

Crime Story Maurice Gee Penguin, $29.95 The Fat Man Maurice Gee Viking, $15.95 In 1977, writing a letter to the Listener, Maurice Shadbolt commented that although he was “far more interested as a writer, in nineteenth century New Zealand”, he…
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Gee Whizz, Elizabeth Smither

Going West Maurice Gee, Viking, 1992, $39.95 Rem tene, verba sequentur – I have it, like an archivist, on a filched catalogue card. For the novel: ‘Grasp the subject and the words will follow’. For the poem, the reverse: Verba…
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Scorching scrutiny, Roger Robinson

The Burning Boy Maurice Gee Viking, Auckland, 1990, $39.95 The Burning Boy does for Nelson what Bonfire of the Vanities did for New York. It submits, that is, a community to scorching scrutiny. It constructs a narrative form exactly appropriate…
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