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Shifting the ground rules, Aaron Lister

Leo Bensemann: Portraits, Masks and Fantasy Figures Caroline Otto Nikau Press, $44.95, ISBN 0958224242 Frances Hodgkins: A Private Viewing Joanne Drayton Random, $59.95, ISBN 1869621174 The Expatriates: Barrie Bates and Frances Hodgkins Christina Barton Adam Art Gallery, $25.00, ISBN 1877309044…
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Not to be sneezed at, Rae Varcoe

Black November: The 1918 Influenza Pandemic in New Zealand Geoffrey W Rice University of Canterbury Press, $39.95, ISBN 1877257354 Survive Bird Flu and Other Disasters Bronwen King Hazard Press, $14.99, ISBN 1877393185 This week’s papers contain news of progress in…
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Palate cleansers, Paola Bilbrough

The Violinist in Spring Anna Smaill Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 08647350222 Hourglass Sue Wootton Steele Roberts, $19.95, ISBN 187733877X The Devil in My Shoes Phil Kawana Auckland University Press, $21.99, ISBN 1869403525 Poetry is an elastic genre; there are…
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Bubble jets of yearning, Murray Bramwell

Dante’s Heaven Jan Kemp Puriri Press, $30.00, ISBN 090894330X Beauty Sleep Kate Camp Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864735111 The Gas Leak Anna Jackson Auckland University Press, $21.99, ISBN 1869403568 In the fragile world of poetry publishing it is always…
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A wicked look Gerry Evans

Between the Lines: A Cartoon Century of New Zealand Political History, 1906-2005 Ian F Grant New Zealand Cartoon Archive, $39.00, ISBN 0958232040 Jews, Maori, Chinese, unionists, socialists, Red-feds, imbibers, wowsers, women, wharfies and, most frequently of all, politicians, have all…
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Snowflake game, David Larsen

The Geometry of Desire Linda Niccol David Ling, $24.99, ISBN 1877378054 Fish’n’Chip Shop Song and Other Stories Carl Nixon Random, $27.99, ISBN 1869417615 I set out recently to teach my nine-year-old son about apostrophes. It was pleasingly straightforward. You learn…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review, Short stories

Sherry with Olive, Elspeth Sandys

Elspeth Sandys finds that a room of one’s own – no matter where or next to whom – is still something to write home about.    It is a truth universally acknowledged that a writer needs a room of her…
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Nigel Cox, Damien Wilkins

Nigel Cox (1951-2006) We pay tribute to the novelist’s life and work with this 2004 Tarzan Presley launch speech by his friend and fellow-novelist Damien Wilkins. Tarzan Presley, as the title tells us, is a topical story about an unusual…
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Poem — Gregory O’Brien

Ode to fashion (for Doris De Pont)   Of your over-reaching lines and the displaced hem enough said, fashion being a kind of biography in which the shape of a life is contained but not in words. Let us consider…
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Lost love, Catharina van Bohemen

Come Yesterday  Sue Emms Hazard Press, $29.99, ISBN 1877270768 The Lie of the Land  Rhonda Bartle Hazard Press, $29.99, ISBN 1877270814 K Road  Ted Dawe Longacre Press, $29.95, ISBN 1877361194 Three second novels by literary latecomers, or writers “d’un certain…
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