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Flickers without the flame, Elizabeth Smither

Lust: stories from Australian and New Zealand writers Michael Gifkins (ed) Vintage, $24.95 ISBN 186941 2435 Of the seven deadly sins, most of us have a predilection for one or two. If two are combined, like sloth and gluttony, it…
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Denis Welch: Dreary duty and repulsive habit

Tart and Juicy: Food Stories from Australian and New Zealand Writers Michael Gifkins (ed) Vintage, $24.95 When some people write about food, they do it so mouth‑wateringly that you have to raid the pantry immediately. With one or two exceptions,…
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Travelling through fiction, Charles Ferrall

The Good Tourist and the Laughing Cadaver Michael Gifkins (ed) Vintage, 1993, $24.95   Visiting a library in Timbuktu, an actual town in the central west African country of Mali, the Australian writer Murray Bail is told by an Islamic…
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The fall of a decent joker, Michael Gifkins

The Autobiography of My Father Martin Edmond, Auckland University Press, $29.95 There is an entry in the book of New Zealand literary politics which reads: Edmond, Trevor, schoolteacher, husband of Lauris, poet (late-flowering); father of (inter alia) Martin, scriptwriter, see…
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