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What’s a New Zealand novel? Sue Esterman

Enemy Camp  David Hill Puffin, $20.00, ISBN 9780143309123 Lullaby Bernard Beckett Text, $26.00, ISBN 9781922182753 Open Your Eyes, Jackson Ryder Rudy Castaneda Lopez Escalator Press, $30.00, ISBN 9780473295691 It has been interesting to read three such different but compelling books.…
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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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Literary dreams, Elspeth Sandys

In the Memorial Room Janet Frame Text, $35.00, ISBN 9781922147134 It will come as no surprise to readers of Janet Frame’s work that this hitherto unpublished novel is, before anything else, an examination of language, and the slippery, unreliable character…
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Eminent people and unmade beds, Ann Beaglehole

My Life in Two Halves: A Memoir  Betty Gilderdale David Bateman, $30.00, ISBN 978186953832  Before I Forget Jacqueline Fahey Auckland University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781869405816 The Lost Woman Sydney Smith Text, $40.00, ISBN 9781921922480 Freud, who supposedly said that he…
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Posted in Autobiography, Non-fiction, Review
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