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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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The family way, Margot Schwass

Authors’ Choice: Leading New Zealand writers choose their favourite stories – and explain why ed Owen Marshall Penguin, $29.95, ISBN 0141005297 Short short stories, postmodern short stories, short stories by young writers, women writers, gay writers … In recent years,…
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A Case of Identity, Owen Marshall

My father loved to share his enjoyment of books, and would often emerge from his study with some gem, declaim it to one of the family, and then disappear again – slightly crestfallen if its reception didn’t quite match his…
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Clinging to the wreckage, Patrick Evans

Harlequin Rex Owen Marshall Random House/Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1 86941 395 4 Y2K is past, the computer and the fridge are still working, but in Owen Marshall’s new novel Harlequin Rex the millennium has unexpectedly tossed up another problem, an…
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“More or less lovely”, Owen Marshall

To bed at noon: the life and art of Maurice Duggan Ian Richards Auckland University Press $49.95 ISBN 1 86940159 X There was a changing of the guard in New Zealand literature in the seventies and eighties, and one sign…
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Balm for TV’s dissolution, David Eggleton

Lands and Deeds Gregory O’Brien Godwit Press, $59.95, ISBN 0 908877 68 4 Timeless Land Graham Sydney, Brian Turner and Owen Marshall Longacre Press, $99.95, ISBN 0 9583405 5 2 100 New Zealand Paintings Warwick Brown Godwit Press, $75.00, ISBN…
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In short, a master stylist, Bill Sewell

Coming Home in the Dark Owen Marshall Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 186941 266 4 A Many Coated Man Owen Marshall Longacre Press, $24.95, ISBN 0 9583405 2 8 Is it unfair to say that there’s such a thing as a typical…
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From trad old to power web, Lydia Wevers

mum Stevan Eldred‑Grigg Penguin Books, $24.95 ISBN 0 140 25244 4 A Many Coated Man Owen Marshall Longacre Press, $24.95 ISBN 0 9583405 2 8 Crossroads Janice Marriott Reed Children’s Books, $14.95 ISBN 1 86948 928 4 My mother didn’t…
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Chinese takeaways, Anne French

Maidenhome Ding Xiaoqi Otago University Press, $24.95 The Chinese Interpreter James Norcliffe Hazard Press, $24.95 Burning Boats: seventeen New Zealand short stories Owen Marshall (ed) Longman Paul, $19.95 We’ve all become experts on China in the past year or two,…
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Rich and disturbing detail, Lydia Wevers

The Sky People and Other Stories Patricia Grace, Penguin Books, $24.95 The Ace of Diamonds Gang and Other Stories Owen Marshall, John McIndoe, $19.95 The Foreign Woman Fiona Kidman, Vintage, $19.95 All the Tenderness Left in the World Stephanie Johnson,…
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