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Wholemeal, Louise O’Brien

Drybread Owen Marshall Vintage, $27.95, ISBN 9781869419196 Drybread is Owen Marshall’s third novel, adding to an already rich body of work. His last novel, Harlequin Rex, won the Montana New Zealand Book Awards Deutz Medal for Fiction in 2000. Indeed,…
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Same notes, different tunes, Jenny DeBell

The Six Pack: Winning Writing from New Zealand Book Month 2006  John Campbell (introduction) New Zealand Book Month with Whitireia Publishing, $6.00, ISBN 1877192279 The Best New Zealand Fiction 3 Fiona Kidman (ed) Vintage, $34.99, ISBN 1869417976 Sunday 22: The…
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OM – pride of the south, Sue McCauley

Watch of Gryphons and Other Stories Owen Marshall Vintage, $27.95, ISBN 1869417062 Occasional: 50 Poems Owen Marshall Hazard, $25, ISBN 187727089X In 1979 I reviewed – I think for the New Zealand Listener – a slim book entitled Supper Waltz…
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A slippery no-man, Owen Marshall

Enduring legacy – Charles Brasch, patron, poet and collector (ed) Donald Kerr University of Otago Press in association with University of Otago Library, $39.95, ISBN 1877276650 Several years ago at a reunion of those who had held Otago University’s Robert…
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Poem – Owen Marshall

The Diogenes Club (In memory of Bill Sewell)   Yes, you will have received an invitation, join the others in the heavy armchairs of the Strangers’ Room. Sherlock, in an upswing mood which analysts today would recognise, will dominate the…
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Owen Marshall awarded inaugural fellowship

Timaru writer Owen Marshall says he feels privileged to be awarded the inaugural $100,000 Creative New Zealand Writers’ Fellowship, the largest available to New Zealand writers. He has written and edited 18 books. His latest story collection, When Gravity Snaps,…
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Fly-swat of the gods Linda Burgess

When Gravity Snaps Owen Marshall Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 1869415280 A small piece of homespun advice before I start. It is not 
a good idea to play country/bluesy/folksy music quietly on your CD player as you read Marshall’s latest collection of…
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The French defection, Owen Marshall

Son of France  Geoff Cush Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 1869415027 An intellectual comic novel needs a good idea, and Geoff Cush had one for Son of France. What if the French, instead of being thwarted at Akaroa, had succeeded in making…
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Standing tall, Rosemary Norman

Essential New Zealand Short Stories ed Owen Marshall Godwit, $39.95, ISBN 1869620941 There isn’t any compromise with essential, and not much leeway either so it was a relief to read the introduction and find the editor’s explanation for using it…
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Poem – Owen Marshall

Mechanical grief   And I see you, fortuitously, in the cheapest chicken lot in town, tucked hard against a corrugated fence, with your bald front tyres sponging in a wind flogged puddle. Sullen rain has washed the many days of…
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