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Patchwork, Lisa Warrington

These Two Hands: A Memoir Renée Mākaro Press, $38.00, ISBN 9780994137845 These Two Hands is the memoir of a woman’s life which is simultaneously ordinary and extraordinary. Born in Napier in 1929, Renée has lived through tumultuous times, both in…
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Pity about the people

An excerpt from Too Many Cooks, a novel by Renée.  Belle Vista was beautifully located on top of a hill looking out over Wellington Harbour. There were three pine trees artfully placed around the hill so the view wasn”t too…
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Seamless, Renée

Stitch: Contemporary New Zealand Textile Artists Ann Packer Random House, $59.99, ISBN 1869417887 I know Ann Packer’s work from her articles in newspapers and magazines, and never go anywhere without her little gem, Crafty Girls’ Road Trip.  So it was…
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Love and damage, Margie Thomson

A Short History of Paradise  Norman Bilbrough Penguin, $28.00, ISBN 0143020358 Kissing Shadows  Renée Huia, $34.99, ISBN 1869692039 How often can one say of local fiction, and mean it, that it’s an absolute delight to read? Known as a writer…
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Unpick this, Renée

Thrift to Fantasy: Home Textile Crafts of the 1930s-1950s Rosemary McLeod HarperCollins, $59.95, ISBN 1869505093 Rosemary McLeod is an intelligent, witty and acerbic columnist who does us the favour of saying the things we’d like to say out loud, if…
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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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Clayton’s books? Denis Welch

America on Five Bullets a Day Raybon Kan Hodder Moa Beckett, $29.95, ISBN 1 86958 656 5 Just Walking the Dogs Joe Bennett Hazard Press, $16.95, ISBN 1 877161 49 7 Yin and Tonic Renée Random House, $29.95, ISBN 1…
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Familiar contours, Kim Worthington

The Snowball Waltz Renée Penguin, $24.95, ISBN 0 140 26885 5 A Tale of Spite and Rancour Josie Mune Penguin, $24.95, ISBN 0 140 26714 X Gingerbread Husbands Barbara Else Godwit, $24.95, ISBN 1 86962 016 X Dreams of America…
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The haunt of guilty memory, Kim Worthington 

In Touch Janette Sinclair Secker and Warburg, $24.95, ISBN 790004011 Does This Make Sense to You? Renée Penguin, $24.95, ISBN 0 14024946X Rain  Kirsty Gunn Faber and Faber, $22.95, ISBN 0 571173004 The Strange Letter Z Debra Daley Penguin, $24.95,…
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Charting life and death, Rebecca Simpson

Daisy and Lily Renée, Penguin, $24.95 The blurb on the back of Renée’s new novel, Daisy and Lily, announces that ‘Renée has created a world which is part biography, part elegy, part robust stand-up comedy, all leavened with lively good…
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