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The theatre of life, Susan Budd

Iridescence Peter Wells Random House, $34.95, ISBN 1869415833 With its gorgeously frilled and furbelowed Victorian crinolines, melodrama and high camp, Iridescence is strongly reminiscent of Peter Wells’s screenplay for Desperate Remedies, which blew the mandatory bucolic naturalism of New Zealand…
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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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Good (wo)men wanted Susan Budd

Floating Lines Denis Baker David Ling, $24.95, ISBN 0908990685 Four Ways to be a Woman Sue Reidy Black Swan, $24.95, ISBN 0552996971   Denis Baker’s first collection of short stories and Sue Reidy’s second novel both examine the roles into…
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Tongue-twister, Susan Budd

if the tongue fits Diane Brown Tandem Press, $24.95, ISBN 1 877178 47 0 A deliciously original, gloriously hectic first novel by accomplished poet Diane Brown, if the tongue fits takes the well-worn theme of 40-something women in search of…
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Silene, Silybum and Stinkwood, Susan Budd

Pick of the Bunch: New Zealand Wildflowers Peter Johnson Longacre Press, $49.95, ISBN 1 877135 06 2 As the title suggests, Peter Johnson’s is an idiosyncratic choice of New Zealand’s wildflowers, which include approximately 2100 native flowering plants and 1800…
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