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Revenge, arguments and silliness, Bernard Carpinter

Marlborough Man Alan Carter Fremantle Press, $38.00, ISBN 978125164534 Presumed Guilty Mark McGinn Merlot Publishing, $33.00, ISBN 9781513618609 The Empty Coffin Gary Moore Mary Egan Publishing, $30.00, ISBN 9780473388959 Fans of New Zealand crime fiction can add one more name…
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Issue 120  Summer 2017

Volume 27 | Number 4 | Issue 120 |  Summer 2017   Flora Fan: Eileen Merriman, Pieces of You David Eggleton: Witi Ihimaera and Tina Makereti (eds), Black Marks on the White Page Hugh Roberts: Noel Shepherd, Mulgan Lawrence Patchett:…
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A swarm of poets, Airini Beautrais 

Manifesto Aotearoa: 101 Political Poems Philip Temple and Emma Neale (eds) Otago University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9780947522469   New Zealand poetry in English has a long and complex tradition of politically-charged work: from colonial balladeers, through 20th-century heavyweights like Allen…
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Beyond the pale, Kathryn Walls

Heloise Mandy Hager Penguin Random House, $38.00, ISBN 9780143770992 Heloise is Mandy Hager’s reconstruction in novelistic terms of the lives of the 12th-century lovers Heloise and Abelard, told from Heloise’s point of view. While both Abelard and Heloise read a…
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Poem – Harold Jones

In Autumn or in Spring Nothing remains, and yet everything Does – and this is the truth Of all the constant vanishing And continuance. Both are And are not. The finished leaves That moulder under the rain Are fresh on…
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The wisdom of things, Anna Smaill

The Yield Sue Wootton Otago University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780947522483 The Internet of Things Kate Camp Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781776561063 There is beauty to be had in yielding, Sue Wootton’s collection suggests, both to the natural world and…
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Jewels and binoculars, Murray Bramwell

Blood Ties: New and Selected Poems 1963–2016 Jeffrey Paparoa Holman Canterbury University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781927145883 Dylan Junkie Jeffrey Paparoa Holman Mākaro Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780994137807 It is a harsh fact that we live in a world where there is…
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Getting the news out, James Norcliffe

Surviving 7.8: New Zealanders Respond to the Earthquakes of November 2016 Phil Pennington and Radio New Zealand HarperCollins, $35.00, ISBN 9781775541103   New Zealanders, Cantabrians in particular, have, over the last half-dozen years, become reluctant experts in earthquakes. We have…
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Loosening stiff upper lips, Charlotte Graham

Leap of Faith  Jenny Pattrick Black Swan, $38.00, ISBN 9780143770916 Good Sons Greg Hall Mary Egan Publishing, $32.00, ISBN 9780473383787 It seems there are two major challenges for any author wanting to write about New Zealand in some of its…
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Streets, waters, winds, Kirsty Gunn

A Strange Beautiful Excitement: Katherine Mansfield’s Wellington 1888 – 1903 Redmer Yska Otago University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9780947522544 “There is a handful of writers” begins Vincent O’Sullivan’s introduction to a rare and illuminating account of the city in which Katherine…
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