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Poem — Emma Neale

Newborn   His mouth a small red hearth we crowd around drawn like man-moths to its light and warmth. When its suck and flicker at the breast stops we blow cool breath on the soft black coal of his head

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Riding the beast, Michael Laws

New Zealand Votes: The General Election of 2002 ed J Boston, S Church, S Levine, E McLeay & N Roberts Victoria University Press, $49.95, ISBN 0864734689 I was on the baños in Baños, Ecuador when the 2002 election results were

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New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2004

A Bird in the Hand: Keeping New Zealand Wildlife Safe by Janet Hunt of Waiheke won the New Zealand Post Book of the Year 2004 as well as the non-fiction prize. Other category winners were Cuthbert’s Babies, written and illustrated

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Another coffee-table paperweight, Mark Amery

New Zealand Painting: a concise history Michael Dunn Auckland University Press, $99.99, ISBN 1869402979 There’s a story that’s been hanging around a while now like a bad smell. Once upon a time, the story goes, painting died. Bloated and fat,

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Montana New Zealand Award 2004 winners

The Trial of the Cannibal Dog: Captain Cook in the South Seas by Anne Salmond has won this year’s Montana Medal for Non-fiction as well as the history category of the Montana New Zealand Book Awards. The Deutz Medal for

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The novelist as poet, Nick Ascroft

Lazy Wind Poems Graham Lindsay Auckland University Press, $21.99, ISBN 1869402855 Moody Bitch Stephanie Johnson Godwit, $22.95, ISBN 1869621050 Vanilla Wine Geoff Cochrane Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864734719 Summer on the Cote d’Azur Alistair Paterson HeadworX, $19.95, ISBN 04730980244

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Ploughing a lone furrow, Julia Millen

Writers In Residence: A Journey with Pioneer New Zealand Writers Jenny Robin Jones Auckland University Press, $44.99, ISBN 1869403029 As Edward Gibbon Wakefield wrote in 1829: Literary men, men of science, philosophers, do not emigrate to new colonies where their

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History to mystery, Barbara Murison

Juggling with Mandarins V M Jones HarperCollins, $16.99, ISBN 1869504623 The Serpents of Arakesh V M Jones HarperCollins, $14.99, ISBN 1869504771 My Story – Journey to Tangiwai David Hill Scholastic New Zealand, $15.95, ISBN 1869434994 Aunt Effie’s Ark Jack Lasenby Longacre Press, $16.95, ISBN 1877135844 Evil

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Keeping your hair on, Heather Murray

The Transformation Catherine Chidgey Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864734654 In Mutes and Earthquakes Bill Manhire gives his creative writing pupils a couple of pieces of advice: 1) write what you know, and 2) write what you don’t know. If,

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A truly adventurous coot, Brian Turner

John Pascoe  Chris Maclean Craig Potton Publishing in association with The Whitcombe Press, $59.95, ISBN 0473094436   When I was a runty little joker, I often heard my father’s mother, Liz, describe people as “silly buggers”. John Pascoe would have

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