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Salt and vinegar, Penelope Todd

Humming  Rachel McAlpine Hazard Press, $29.99, ISBN 1877270970   The Black Madonna  Tina Shaw Penguin, $28.00, ISBN 0143019880 Two books by New Zealand women: one is a full-immersion Kiwi experience, the other set in Germany and America, and bears no

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Charms and riddles, Kathryn Walls

Another 100 New Zealand Poems for Children ed Rachel McAlpine (illustrated David Elliot) Random House, $24.95, ISBN 1869414853 Like its evidently popular predecessor, this anthology is invitingly presented. Hard covers announce that it is meant to be kept for long-term

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No need to practise the steamy bits, Anne French

The Passionate Pen: New Zealand’s romance writers talk to Rachel McAlpine Hazard Press $19.95 ISBN 1 87716136 5 Almost everyone thinks they can be a Mills and Boon author. The formula novel is short (55,000 words these days), the plots

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Poem – Rachel McAlpine

From ‘Doshisha Diary’ May 12 In the night a baby summer rolls on to my bare back like a sumo tiger … all warm fur, and feel the weight of it. May 27 Hot rain. Everybody fears it except the

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Approaches to Writing, Ian Gordon

Committed to Print J E Traue, Victoria University Press, Wellington, $24.95 The Common Writer Robert Neale, Oxford University Press, Auckland, $29.95 Real Writing Rachel McAlpine, GP Publications, Petone, $24.95 These three books approach the craft of writing from three very different

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From melodrama to professionalism, Sunny Amey

The Land of the Moa George Leitch, edited by Adrian Kiernander, Victoria University Press, Wellington, 1990, $19.95 Tomasi: For Islands Far Away Harrison Bray Playmarket, Wellington, 1990, $16.95 Power Play Rachel McAlpine, Playmarket, Wellington, 1990, $12.95 Billy Vincent O’Sullivan, Victoria University

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