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Difficult presents, Chris Else

The Spaces Between  Russell Haley Adastra Productions, $25.00, ISBN 9780473203856   Little Sister  Julian Novitz Vintage, $29.00, ISBN 9781869798246   The Intentions Book  Gigi Fenster Victoria University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9780864738233   The Spaces Between is Russell Haley’s eighth book…
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The one that got away, Russell Haley

Royce, Royce, the People’s Choice Peter Hawes Random House, $26.95, ISBN 1869414985 Peter Hawes’s new novel is a big, jocular and elaborate fishing yarn. The tale-telling is strenuously masculine, prodding, very physical. As you read, you feel as though you’re…
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The trouble with Harry, Catherine Hill

Tomorrow Tastes Better Russell Haley HarperCollins, $19.95, ISBN 1869503910 The English Harem  Anthony McCarten Random House, $26.95, ISBN 1869414640 What exactly is a comic novel? The question arises because comedy is the common feature of Tomorrow Tastes Better and The…
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Strangers in a strange land, Chris Else

A Spider-Web Season and The Transfer Station  Russell Haley Hazard Press, $24.95, ISBN 1877161799   Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold …” This line from Yeats is the epigraph to Russell Haley’s first book, The Walled Garden (1972). It…
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Can you believe what they say? New novels and recent history, John Needham:

Besides Myself Russell Haley Penguin, Auckland, 1990, $19.95 Night at the Embassy Elizabeth Smither Auckland University Press, 1990, $24.95 Newlands Gary Langford Penguin, Auckland, 1990, $19.95 Like a lot of middle-aged men, Midge, the out-of-work hero-narrator of Russell Haley’s latest…
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