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“These Russians”, Natasha Templeton

Katerina: The Russian World of Katherine Mansfield Joanna Woods Penguin, $39.95, ISBN 0143018051 Manhattan. The buildings of Columbia merge into midwinter murk. I enter a warm cave of bookshelves. In the beam of a desk lamp, Rufus W Mathewson is…
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Blood memories, Natasha Templeton

Never Lost For Words: Stories and Memories  Amelia Batistich Auckland University Press, $29.95, ISBN 1869402464 Never Lost For Words is in part a memoir illustrated with snapshots from family albums, in part a collection of short stories triggered by events…
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Too grand by half, Iain Sharp

Firebird Natasha Templeton Hodder Headline, $29.95, ISBN 0340 640448 I admire the pluck with which Natasha Templeton has striven to make her first novel a grand Russian affair, almost a New Zealand War and Peace ‑ with a large cast,…
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