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Running away to sea, Redmer Yska

Swirly World: the solo voyages Andrew Fagan HarperCollins, $29.95, ISBN 186590402X Wet Behind the Ears: adventures of a runaway sailor Peter Taylor HarperCollins, $24.95, ISBN 1869504003 With the sea breathing down their necks, New Zealanders are drawn more than most

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The terror of the ordinary, Paul Millar

A Needle in the Heart Fiona Kidman Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 186941523X The six stories in A Needle in the Heart confirm Fiona Kidman’s place among the top tier of New Zealand short story writers. This is no small success as

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The French defection, Owen Marshall

Son of France  Geoff Cush Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 1869415027 An intellectual comic novel needs a good idea, and Geoff Cush had one for Son of France. What if the French, instead of being thwarted at Akaroa, had succeeded in making

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No easy answers, Kirstie Archer

A Passing Guest Elspeth Sandys Flamingo, $24.95, ISBN 1869504054 In A Passing Guest, Elspeth Sandys bravely tackles contemporary New Zealand issues which many Pakeha authors shy away from: Maori and Pakeha relationships, Maori poverty, gang culture, and family breakdown. The

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From the dark room, Michael Grimshaw

Snapshots on the Journey: through death & remembrance: an anthology of poems ed Rod MacLeod Steele Roberts, $29.95, ISBN 1877228672 Anthologies of poetry serve different purposes; the intent can be as important as the content. Michael Roberts’ Faber Book of

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Gloves off, Harry Ricketts

Adam Parore: The Wicked Keeper Angus Gillies Penguin, $34.95, ISBN 014301837X A friend and I used to have a favourite game. The game had several different permutations, but in its simplest form it involved imagining writers as cricketers and selecting

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The one that got away, Russell Haley

Royce, Royce, the People’s Choice Peter Hawes Random House, $26.95, ISBN 1869414985 Peter Hawes’s new novel is a big, jocular and elaborate fishing yarn. The tale-telling is strenuously masculine, prodding, very physical. As you read, you feel as though you’re

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Awestruck at Otira, Neville Bennett

At Home on the Road Jill Malcolm New Holland, $24.95, ISBN 1877246658 Southern Journeys: South Island People and Places Roy Sinclair Random House, $34.95, ISBN 186941439X There is a kea in my garden. When I hang out the washing, a

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Rhythm and voice, R Carl Shuker interviews Damien Wilkins

R Carl Shuker interviews Damien Wilkins   R Carl Shuker (RCS): Do you remember the initial spark of Chemistry? Damien Wilkins (DW): Yes, I do. I was down in Timaru, where the novel is set. I was hanging out at

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Love and other cheeses, Susan Budd

Blessed Are Sarah-Kate Lynch Black Swan, $26.95, ISBN 1869414977 Aromantic comedy with the WOW factor, Blessed Are makes you laugh, makes you cry and tells you everything you ever wanted to know, and more, about cheese-making. Coolarney House, where Joseph

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