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Paranoia, violence and moral reckoning, Hamish Clayton

The Quiet Earth Craig Harrison Text, $16.00, ISBN 9781922147059 Over the last few years Melbourne-based Text Publishing has done a good job of bringing back to mainstream attention some of the “lost marvels of our literature”, republishing books that count…
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Behind the passionate eye, Peter Calder

Self-portrait Marti Friedlander with Hugo Manson Auckland University Press, $60.00, ISBN 9781869407841 One day we will all be just a photograph, Marti Friedlander tells us in the closing pages of this entertaining and readable memoir. Coming as it does from…
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The ties that bind, Jane Westaway

The Lie That Settles Peter Farrell Ocean Books, $35.00, ISBN 978192721708 The Lost Pilot Jeffrey Paparoa Holman Penguin, $40.00, ISBN 9781742539201 A History of Silence Lloyd Jones Penguin, $38.00, ISBN 9780143569473 “The cradle rocks above an abyss,” writes Nabokov in…
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Opening the ears, Ross Somerville

How to Hear Classical Music  Davinia Caddy Awa Press, $26.00, ISBN 9781877551000 At the end of June this year in Wellington, Michael Houstoun presented the centrepiece of his Beethoven Recycled series of piano recitals, in which he was playing the…
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The limits of light, Richard Millington

Celanie: Poems and Drawings after Paul Celan  Jack Ross (poems), Emma Smith (drawings) Pania Press, $30.00, ISBN 9780473224844 Among the measures of esteem for the poetry of Paul Celan (1920-1970), the number, calibre and dedication of his translators are probably…
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Mending and pairing, Heather Roberts

The Writing Class Stephanie Johnson Random House, $38.00, ISBN 9781775532590 The Last Days of the National Costume Anne Kennedy Allen and Unwin, $37.00, ISBN 9781743313862 Two writers of a similar age and stage in the development of their writing careers,…
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Changes of heart and mind, John McCrystal

Pentimento Rosemary Wildblood Wily Publications, $30.00, ISBN 9781927167090 The Fall of Light Sarah Laing Vintage, $38.00, ISBN 9781775533030 Settling into a novel can be a lot like going away on holiday with people you don’t know, or settling into a…
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Room at the top, David Grant

White-collar Radical: Dan Long and the Rise of White-collar Unions        Mark Derby Craig Potton, $40.00, ISBN 9781877517174 Dan Long was an esteemed public servant and political and union activist from the late 1950s until his premature death in 1976, aged…
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