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Sweet and upbeat, Paula Morris

The 10pm Question Kate De Goldi Longacre Press, $29.99, ISBN 978977460203 “Every family has a secret,” says Alan Bennett, “and the secret is that it’s not like other families.” For Frankie Parsons, the clever, neurotic hero of Kate De Goldi’s…
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Friends and other strangers, Murray Bramwell

Playing Friends Marilyn Duckworth Vintage, $27.99, ISBN 9781869418694 Trendy But Casual Paula Morris Penguin Books, $28.00, ISBN 9780143006398 It’s that time in later middle age when school reunions have become like a dawn (or twilight) parade of veterans and survivors.…
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Getting a handle on it, Paula Morris

Crown Lynn: A New Zealand Icon Valerie Ringer Monk Penguin, $45.00, ISBN 0143020633  Crown Lynn, Valerie Ringer Monk’s articulate account of New Zealand’s favourite pottery, serves many functions, from appealing coffee-table book to collectors’ guide to a 50-year local history…
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Casual labour, Paula Morris

Paula Morris spurns “fulltime-writer” status Next time you wander into a bookshop and start rowsing, turn directly to the author’s brief biography – possibly on the back cover, or a few pages into the book. If the novel in question…
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Home and away. Paula Morris

I Am Always With You Philip Temple Random, $34.99, ISBN 1869417739 The Viewing Platform Ian Wedde Penguin, $29.95, ISBN 9780143020929 Local writers Stevan Eldred-Grigg (Kaput!) and Tina Shaw (The Black Madonna) have found imaginative inspiration in wartime Berlin, and now…
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Forging the real, Louise O’Brien

Hibiscus Coast Paula Morris Penguin, $28.00, ISBN 0143019767 The Fossil Pits Tim Corballis Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864735081 With her debut novel, Queen of Beauty, Paula Morris won both the 2001 Adam Foundation Prize for Creative Writing and the…
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Ambivalence and comedy, Paola Bilbrough

Queen of Beauty  Paula Morris Penguin $27.95, ISBN 0864734425 The book of the film of the story of my life William Brandt Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0143018418 Queen of Beauty and The book of the film of the story…
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