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Watching a craftsman, Briar Lawry

Strait Men and Other Tales Murray Edmond Steele Roberts, $30.00, ISBN 9781927242988 Strait Men and Other Tales by Murray Edmond is a tricky beast. Its slim spine belies the size and style of the stories within – there’s nothing that…
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The headlock of myth, Mark Reason

Seelenbinder: The Olympian Who Defied Hitler James McNeish Steele Roberts, $35.00, ISBN 9780947493011 “After a certain time a life exists not for what it is in reality, but for its mythological qualities”: in that one sentence, James McNeish defines his…
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Prodding the boundaries, Janet Hughes

Work  Sarah Jane Barnett, Hue & Cry Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780473333331 Tender Machines  Emma Neale Otago University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781927322345 Soundings of Hellas  John Davidson Steele Roberts, $20.00, ISBN 9781927242957 Looking out to Sea Kevin Ireland Steele Roberts, $20.00,…
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Obituary — Jack Body

Harmonious sensuality Ross Harris recalls the life and work of fellow-composer Jack Body (1944-2015) Jack Body was born in the small North Island farming town of Te Aroha to parents with little interest in music. Even so, he was playing…
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Tireless affectionate scrutiny, Michael Hulse

Being Here: Selected Poems  Vincent O’Sullivan Victoria University Press, $40.00 ISBN 9780864739315 Let the Writer Stand  Judith Dell Panny Steele Roberts, $30.00 ISBN 9781927242803 Vincent O’Sullivan is a writer of such prodigious gifts that the Collected Poems I can’t be…
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On men of a certain age, John Horrocks

The Conch Trumpet David Eggleton Otago University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781877578939 Wonky Optics Geoff Cochrane Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780864739810 Half Dark Harry Ricketts Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780864739841 Feeding the Birds Kevin Ireland Steele Roberts, $20.00, ISBN…
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A music of our own, Peter Walls

Douglas Lilburn, Memories of Early Years and Other Writings  Robert Hoskins (ed) Steele Roberts, $40.00, ISBN 9781927242476 This is the Lilburn centenary year. Concerts are being branded with a special logo – a way of marking the pivotal contribution that…
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Necromancy and piety, John O’Leary

A Blighted Fame: George S Evans 1802-1868, A Life Helen Riddiford Victoria University Press, $60.00, ISBN 9780864738967 For Gallant Service Rendered: The Life & Times of Samuel Austin Barbara Mabbett Steele Roberts, $35.00, ISBN 9781877577710   Biography is a strange…
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What if? Susan Pearce

The Shingle Bar Sea Monster and Other Stories  Laura Solomon Proverse Hong Kong ISBN 9789888167357 Rising to the Surface Latika Vasil Steele Roberts ISBN 9781927242124 Blood and Koka Kola Christodoulos E G Moisa One Eyed Press ISBN 9781483911298 Each short…
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Touch of darkness, Sarah Jane Barnett

Shadow Play James Norcliffe Proverse Hong Kong ISBN 9789881993588 Great South Road and South Side Tony Beyer Puriri Press ISBN 9780908943395 Remnants Leonard Lambert Steele Roberts ISBN 9781927242285 Curriculum Vitae Harold Jones Xlibris ISBN 9781493137527 (e-book also available) James Norcliffe…
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