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Tales from a teenage colony, Harvey McQueen

The Duel on the Creek… and other tales of Victorian New Zealand Ray Hargreaves and Peter Holland (eds) University of Otago Press, $24.95 ISBN 0908569912 In the hastily constructed miners huts, over the elegant drawing room tea‑cups, around the boiling…
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Breaking the silence, Katherine Findlay

The Middle Bridge: A New Zealand childhood Sheryl Jennings Tandem Press, $19.95, ISBN 0 908884508 Warriors of Truth: Adult Survivors Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse Kim McGregor University of Otago Press, $29.95, ISBN 0 90856984X Invisible Wounds: A Self‑help Guide…
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Varying power and art, Kim Worthington

Between Friends Linda Burgess University of Otago Press, $24.95 Cowrie Cathie Dunsford Tandem Press, $19.95 In Translation Annamarie Jagose Victoria University Press $24.95 Sing to Me, Dreamer Shonagh Koea Random House, $24.95 Having recently returned to New Zealand after several…
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Trapped in the looking‑glass, Tessa Barringer

Janet Frame: Subversive Fictions Gina Mercer University of Otago Press, $29.95 In her discussion of Janet Frame’s tenth novel, Living in the Maniototo, Australian critic Gina Mercer suggests that “Frame sets up a fun parlour in which mirrors distort the…
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The thrill of discovery, Christine Tremewan

Traditional Lifeways of the Southern Maori, by James Herries Beattie Atholl Anderson (ed) University of Otago Press in association with Otago Museum, $59.95   The South Island has not been as fortunate as the North with tribal histories. The slim…
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Nicholas Reid: Overturning arcadianism

Breath Becomes the Wind Simon Rae University of Otago Press, $39.95 Islands of the Dawn Robert S Ellwood University of Hawaii Press, $32.00 Permit me to remind you of two inane stereotypes, which lurk in the minds of secular liberals…
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