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The game’s up, Amy, Paula Boock

Mad or Bad? The Life and Exploits of Amy Bock 1859-1943 Jenny Coleman Otago University Press, $49.95, ISBN 9781877372711 Amy Bock is best-known as the cross-dressing confidence trickster who scandalised the nation by marrying a woman in an extravagant wedding…
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Courier to Times New Roman — Paula Boock

Paula Boock surveys the pros and cons of moving from the dark side of TV script writing back to the novel. Damien Wilkins accuses me of being a scriptwriter at heart. Despite my protestations that this year I am writing…
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So far, so George, Paula Boock

When She Became He: A Change for Good John Thorp Cape Catley, $27.99, ISBN 1877340073 When I worked as a publisher a well-worn line about New Zealand autobiographies was that only All Blacks and politicians could sell enough to make…
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Taking ideas for a walk, Anne French

Tracing the Arc John Saker Four Winds Press, $14.95, ISBN 0958237557 On Make-up and Makeover  Paula Boock Four Winds Press, $14.95, ISBN 0958237549 Notes of a Bag Lady Margaret Mahy Four Winds Press, $14.95, ISBN 0958237522 Until recently, the essay…
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Holding the baby, Paula Boock

The Skeleton Woman: A Romance Renée Huia Publishers, $29.95, ISBN 1877283169 In a review of this, Renée’s fifth novel, the New Zealand Listener used the gratuitous headline “The one about the lesbian and the baby”. Shame on them. What it…
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Apocalypse Soon, David Hill

Power and Chaos Paula Boock Random House, $14.95, ISBN 1869414357 The Wave Rider Graeme Lay Penguin, $15.95, ISBN 014139028X Red Cliff Bernard Beckett Longacre, $14.95, ISBN 1877135429 A Whistle from the Blunder Diana Noonan Longacre, $14.95, ISBN 1877135402   About…
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“A definitive affirmative”, Paula Boock

Just Looking, Thanks David Hill Penguin, $14.95, ISBN 0 14 130681 5 Time Out David Hill Mallinson Rendell, $14.95, ISBN 0 908783 43 4 Boots ‘n’ All David Hill Scholastic, $11.95, ISBN 1 86943 395 5 Impact David Hill Penguin,…
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Reinterpreting the old tales, Anne Else

Sasscat to Win Paula Boock, McIndoe Publishers, $16.95 Adoption in some form has long been a staple of story-telling for the young – especially where it concerns a goosegirl or a ploughboy who are brought up by peasants, but turn…
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A new young voice, Kirsty Cochrane

The Kite Ron Bacon and Kelvin Hawley, Hodder & Stoughton, Auckland, 1991, $10.95 Out Walked Mel Paula Boock, John McIndoe, Dunedin, 1991, $16.95 A picture-book format, and a story that doesn’t quite match: which could be a short-story for slightly…
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