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Satire and sympathy, Sally Sutton

The Shag Incident Stephanie Johnson Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 1869415019 When the playwright and academic Mervyn Thompson was abducted, branded a rapist, and tied to a tree by a group of feminists in 1984, I was eleven years old. I don’t…
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Our very own (belated) brat-pack, Stephanie Johnson

The Picnic Virgin New Writers Chosen by Emily Perkins Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0 86473 368 2 Without exception, the stories in this slim volume are lively, energetic narratives peopled with sharply drawn, vivid characters. This is the strength…
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The right, the bright and the light, Margo White

Belief Stephanie Johnson Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1869414365 Three Pretty Widows Barbara Else Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1869414403 Finding Tom Connor Sarah-Kate Lynch Black Swan, $24.95, ISBN 1869414314   It was a pleasure to find that the author of The Heart’s Wild…
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Never trust the narrator, Nicholas Reid

Playing Waterloo Peter Hawes Vintage New Zealand $24.95 ISBN 1 86941 323 7 The Whistler Stephanie Johnson Vintage New Zealand $29.95 ISBN 1 86941 346 6 What a beguiling thing alternative history is. In my teenage and post-teenage years, I…
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Myths of reason and culture, Heather Murray

The Heart’s Wild Surf Stephanie Johnson Vintage/Random House, $24.95, ISBN 1 86941 278 8 A Fancy Man  Sue McCauley Vintage/Random House, $24.95, ISBN 1 86941 283 4 The Wedding at Bueno-Vista  Shonagh Koea Vintage/Random House, $24.95, ISBN 1 86941 282…
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The same old plot, Colleen Reilly

Like You, Really Kate Flannery, Penguin Books, $24.95 The Wife Who Spoke Japanese in Her Sleep Vivienne Plumb, Otago University Press, $24.95 Best Friends Elspeth Sandys, David Ling, $19.95 All the Tenderness Left in the World Stephanie Johnson, Otago University…
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Rich and disturbing detail, Lydia Wevers

The Sky People and Other Stories Patricia Grace, Penguin Books, $24.95 The Ace of Diamonds Gang and Other Stories Owen Marshall, John McIndoe, $19.95 The Foreign Woman Fiona Kidman, Vintage, $19.95 All the Tenderness Left in the World Stephanie Johnson,…
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A moving figure on a static canvas, Jackie Owens

Crimes of Neglect Stephanie Johnson, New Women’s Press, $21.95 Stephanie Johnson’s first novel charts the emotional wasteland of Beatrice: cellist, mother, veteran of relationships, and, in the eyes of her sisters and ex-husbands, disaster. Drifting from Teasedale to Christchurch to…
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15 writers: ‘You must read this’

Tell us about the book you want to give everyone for Christmas and/or the book you hope no one gives you for Christmas, we asked twenty-four of our top writers and critics. Fifteen of them dared to respond.   Jenny…
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