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The thrills of genre-literacy, David Larsen

The New Animals Pip Adam Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781776561162 Pip Adam’s second novel is bewildering. I say this as praise, though also as fair warning. On page one we meet Carla, who has stopped on her way somewhere…
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The grimness of contemporary realism, John McCrystal

Five Strings Apirana Taylor Anahera Press, $35.00, ISBN 9780473389482 Iceland Dominic Hoey Steele Roberts, $35.00, ISBN 978094749343I It’s that time of the three-yearly cycle again. A billboard has gone up near my house promoting the political party that has, for…
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Issue 119 Spring 2017

Volume 27 | Number 3 | Issue 119 | Spring 2017 Editorial Letters David Larsen: Pip Adam, The New Animals Anne Kennedy: Damien Wilkins, Lifting John McCrystal: Apirana Taylor, Five Strings; Dominic Hoey, Iceland Louise O’Brien: Dulcie Castree, A Surfeit…
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The play’s the thing, Mark Houlahan

Best Playwriting Book Ever Roger Hall Playmarket, $22.00, ISBN 9780908607600 Shift Alison Quigan, Vivienne Plumb and Lynda Chanwai-Earle Playmarket, $35.00, ISBN 9780908607617 Bats Plays Ken Duncum and Rebecca Rodden Playmarket, $30.00, ISBN 9781776560899 To review Best Playwriting Book Ever, I…
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Courage, candour and bloody-mindedness, Frances Edmond

Playscripts Victor Rodger: Black Faggot and Other Plays Victoria University Press, $35.00 ISBN 9781776561032 “Life will always leave fiction for dead”: Victor Rodger, in the New Zealand Herald, summing up his life experience, thus far. Rodger’s upbringing is certainly uncommon…
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Young, gifted, female and brown, Elizabeth Crayford

Fale Aitu|Spirit House Tusiata Avia Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781776560646 Tail of the Taniwha Courtney Sina Meredith Beatnik Publishing, $30.00, ISBN 9780992264895 Lucky Punch Simone Kaho Anahera Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780473367510 Before Tusiata Avia’s Fale Aitu|Spirit House was published,…
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Local colour

As you can see, Issue 119 of New Zealand Books Pukapuka Aotearoa comes to you in an exciting, new version, slightly smaller in size, but with eight more pages, and in colour throughout. We hope you like the results as…
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Brave writing, Charlotte Simmonds

The Walking Stick Tree Trish Harris Escalator Press, $35.00, ISBN 9780994118646 A Small Blue Thing Julie Hanify Submarine, $35.00, ISBN 9780994123770 The Case of the Missing Body Jenny Powell Otago University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781877578311 What Does the Sea Sound…
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Obituary – Barbara Murison

Dancing between order and chaos Novelist and children’s writer Barbara Else remembers Barbara Murison (b Wellington Nov 26, 1931, d Waikanae, May 7, 2017) Barbara Murison, librarian and life-long advocate of children’s reading, exemplified Margaret Mahy’s definition of the librarian…
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Obituary – John McIntyre

Literacy and literature Julia Marshall, publisher at Gecko Press, raises a cheer for the cheerleader for children’s books, John McIntyre. John McIntyre of The Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie was a champion and friend of many. His wife and partner in…
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