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Riddles and charms, Kathryn Walls

The Magical Verse of Margaret Mahy: The Word Witch Tessa Duder (ed), David Elliot (illustrations) HarperCollins, $44.99, ISBN 9781869507077 The Dark Blue Hundred-ride Bus Ticket Margaret Mahy HarperCollins, $19.99, ISBN 9781869508166 Awesome Aotearoa: Margaret Mahy’s History of New Zealand Margaret…
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On message, Isa Moynihan

Is She Still Alive?  Tessa Duder HarperCollins, $34.99, ISBN 9781869507107 Alternative Medicine Laura Solomon Flame Books, $30.00 (approx),  ISBN 978095562514 Transported  Tim Jones Vintage, $27.99, ISBN 9781864919844 In her introduction to Is She Still Alive? Tessa Duder says the stories…
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Posted in Literature, Review, Short stories

Cracks in the world, Kathryn Walls

Margaret Mahy: A Writer’s Life Tessa Duder HarperCollins, $39.95, ISBN 1869504852 Margaret Mahy’s 1995 novel The Other Side of Silence presents itself as the autobiography of its female hero (whose name, too, is “Hero”). At the end, however, the first…
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Journeys and sympathies, Anna Jackson

Home Boys Bernard Beckett Longacre Press, $18.95, ISBN 1877135887 Lin and the Red Stranger Ken Catran Random House, $16.95, ISBN 1869415779 Tiggie Tompson’s Longest Journey Tessa Duder Penguin, $16.95, ISBN 0143318128   Finding myself questioning the whole genre of young…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review, Young adults

Adventures in the waiting room, Garth Baker

Going the Distance – Women Outdoors in New Zealand Tess Redgrave Tandem Press, $34.95, ISBN 1877298018 Seduced by the Sea  ed Tessa Duder HarperCollins, $29.95, ISBN 1869504461 Te Araroa: The New Zealand Trail Geoff Chapple Random House, $34.95, ISBN 186941537X…
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Posted in Awards, Gender, Health, Non-fiction, Review

Truth vs the good story, Laura Kroetsch

Barbed Wire Between Us: A story of love and war Derek Round Random House, $29.95, ISBN 1869415248 Last of the Whalers: Charlie Heberley’s Story Heather Heberley Cape Catley, $29.95, ISBN 0908561903 In Search of Elisa Marchetti: A Writer’s Search for…
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Posted in Autobiography, Biography, History, Non-fiction, Review

On the open shelves, Barbara Murison

Jolt   Bernard Beckett Longacre Press, $16.95, ISBN 187713550X Tiggie Tompson All at Sea   Tessa Duder Penguin, $15.95, ISBN 0141313234 The Name of the Game David Hill Mallinson Rendel, $15.95, ISBN 0908783639 I opened my parcel of titles for review with…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review, Young adults

Finale in the Alex quartet, Tim Mapplebeck

Songs for Alex Tessa Duder, Penguin, $9.95 The Rome Olympics are a perplexing memory for Alex, now returned to Auckland, to the routines and strictures of training for uncertain goals, and returned, too, to the confinement of life in the…
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Challenges, Marny Bradley

Nearly Seventeen: New Zealand Stories Tessa Duder (ed), Penguin, $19.95 These seventeen stories by New Zealand writers and one short play by Tessa Duder clearly focus on teenage girls. Each of the stories has girls as central to the story…
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15 writers: ‘You must read this’

Tell us about the book you want to give everyone for Christmas and/or the book you hope no one gives you for Christmas, we asked twenty-four of our top writers and critics. Fifteen of them dared to respond.   Jenny…
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