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The place where stories begin, Paula Morris

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Patricia Grace
Penguin, $38.00,
ISBN 9780143572398

It’s over a decade since Patricia Grace’s last novel, the moving, cinematic Tu – an ambitious book about war and its temptations, adventures and devastations for the men who went and the families left behind. Sparked by the wartime diary of Grace’s father, a member of the Māori Battalion, Tu should be a major nation-defining motion picture by now (Grace has already adapted it for the theatre).

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Love and war, Christine Johnston

Ned and Katina: A True Love Story Patricia Grace Penguin Books, $40.00, ISBN 9780143007401 Who could resist a love story set on Crete in 1945? Obviously Patricia Grace couldn’t. The celebrated author was approached by Ned’s and Katina’s family with

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Ironic projections, Lawrence Jones

Small Holes in the Silence: Short Stories Patricia Grace Penguin, $34.99, ISBN 0143020994 Patricia Grace’s new collection, Small Holes in the Silence: Short Stories (her fifth), appeared last year. This was 31 years after Waiariki burst on the scene to

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For God, King and country, Chris Else

Tu  Patricia Grace Penguin, $35, ISBN 0143019201 Certain battles mark themselves on the popular imagination. The most evocative are often not great victories but failed assaults, especially those with a touch of futility about them: the Charge of the Light

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Nose in a book, Patricia Grace

Recently, when I called in to see my brother, we looked through a box of books and other items that were all in some way associated with our father. My father grew up in a small community where I often

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Tough grace, Simone Drichel

Dogside Story Patricia Grace Penguin, $34.95, ISBN 0141004193 In her long career as a writer of both novels and short fiction, Patricia Grace has shown remarkable consistency in her publishing pattern: invariably, the publication of a collection of short stories

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Standing alone? Reina Whaitiri

Alan Duff’s Maori Heroes Random House, $39.95, ISBN 186941425X Wahine Toa: Women of Maori Myth Robyn Kahukiwa & Patricia Grace Penguin, $31.00, ISBN 0670839418   Alan Duff’s Maori Heroes features 58 men and women from a range of professions and

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Subtle use of myth, Nelson Wattie

Baby No-Eyes Patricia Grace Penguin, $29.95, ISBN 0 14 027993 8 In Writing Along Broken Lines: Violence and Ethnicity in Contemporary Maori Fiction {reviewed on p22], Otto Heim expresses surprise that writers like Patricia Grace and Witi Ihimaera have shocked so

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Liz DeLoughrey and Susan Hall interview Patricia Grace

Liz DeLoughrey (LD):  Could you speak about your new novel [Baby No-Eyes]? Patricia Grace (PG):  Oh, yes, if you want to ask some questions and we’ll see if I can remember it well enough to answer! (laughter) LD:  I was thinking about

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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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