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Poem – David Beach

Laboratory Hill 1 The three young women, two young men – the  loveliest the island of Greece could provide –  were briefly joined by a sixth, a young woman who managed to burst through the cordon of priests. Then a…
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Hurting in different ways, Veronica Maughan

Life On Volcanoes: Contemporary Essays Janet McAllister (ed) Beatnik Publishing, $25.00, ISBN 9780994138392 Life On Volcanoes: Contemporary Essays first and foremost intimidated me. I am 19, a second-year university student. I work part-time in a café, as a waitress. I…
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The Hutt Valley takes Manhattan … Murray Bramwell

Book Of Cohen  David Cohen Steele Roberts, $30.00, ISBN 9780947493882 Book Of Cohen is a singular volume with multiple objectives: “This was always going to be a work by one Cohen (that would be me) on another Cohen (that would…
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Warning and consolation, Mark Houlahan

Selected Poems Ian Wedde Auckland University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781869408596 If you dine at Ian Wedde’s, the poetic indications are you’ll eat well. Among the many charms of this seductive, fatly packed Selected Poems are the number of food groups…
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Keeping it in the family, Tina Shaw

Necessary Secrets Greg McGee Upstart Press, $38.00, ISBN 9781988516639 Loving Sylvie Elizabeth Smither Allen and Unwin, $37.00, ISBN 9781988547114 Two recently-published novels explore inter-generational stories, yet there couldn’t be two more different treatments. (more…)
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Making conversation, Michele A’Court

Past Caring? Women, Work And Emotion Barbara Brookes, Jane McCabe and Angela Wanhalla Otago University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781988531342 Still Counting: Wellbeing, Women’s Work And Policy-making Marilyn Waring BWB Texts, $15.00, ISBN 9781988545530 A few days ago at a book…
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On not relying on truthiness, Brian Easton 

A Conversation With My Country Alan Duff Penguin Random House, $39.00, ISBN 9780143773269 In 1990, a comet brightened the New Zealand literary scene and society with the publication of Alan Duff’s Once Were Warriors, for it involved both an extraordinary…
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Posted in Māori, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Speaking frankly, Margaret Sparrow

My Body, My Business: New Zealand Sex Workers In An Era Of Change Caren Wilton (Madeleine Slavick photographer) Otago University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781988531328 As I write this review, I hear a news item that Dame Catherine Healy DNZM and…
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Seeing how they run, Geoff Watson

When Running Made History Roger Robinson Canterbury University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780815611004 New Zealanders have a longstanding connection with running. Long-distance running was one of the early activities of Māori and, from at least as early as the 1880s, New…
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Doors and mirrors, Alex Mitcalfe Wilson 

The Chosen One Joy H Davidson DHD Publishing, $27.00, ISBN 9780473448301 Harsu and the Werestoat Barbara Else Gecko Press, $35.00, ISBN 9781776572199 The World of Greek Mythology Ben Spies Spies Publishing, $20.00, ISBN 9780473455866 Fantasy has always mattered to me.…
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