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Darkening and deepening, Catherine Robertson

Through the Lonesome Dark Paddy Richardson Upstart Press, $35.00, ISBN 9781927262986 Paddy Richardson takes a risk with her latest novel. By setting it in Blackball, a mining town on the West Coast in the early 1900s, she raises expectations of…
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Ongoing investigations, Bernard Carpinter

Death on Demand Paul Thomas Hodder Moa, $36.99, ISBN 9781869712334   Traces of Red Paddy Richardson Penguin, $30.00, ISBN 9780143565765   Bound Vanda Symon Penguin, $30.00, ISBN 9780143565277   Ihaka is back – and about time, too. It’s around 15…
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Under certain conditions, David Hill

Hunting Blind Paddy Richardson Penguin Books, $28.00, ISBN 9780143203643 The First Touch of Light Ruth Pettis Penguin Books, $28.00, ISBN 9780143011200 Terry Sturm’s magisterial section on the novel in The Oxford History of New Zealand Literature in English is much…
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Age-old contracts, Elizabeth Caffin

A Year to Learn a Woman Paddy Richardson Penguin Books, $28.00, ISBN 9780143010029 Misconduct Bridget van der Zijpp Victoria University Press, $30.00,  ISBN 9780864735751 The Rehearsal Eleanor Catton  Victoria University Press, $30.00,  ISBN 9780864735812 A woman around 40, now on…
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Quiet successes, Elizabeth Caffin

Good at Geography Jane Westaway Penguin, $24.95, ISBN 0 14 029142 3 The Company of a Daughter Paddy Richardson Steele Roberts, $24.95, ISBN 0 95 837128 8 Across the Dreaming Night Judith White Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1 86941 412 8…
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