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Blank spaces, Tim Grgec

The Farewell Tourist Alison Glenny Otago University Press, $27.50, ISBN 978198853129 All of Us Adrienne Jansen and Carina Gallegos Landing Press, $22.00, ISBN 9780473451684 Louder Kerrin P Sharpe Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781776561964 Alison Glenny’s Kathleen Grattan Poetry award-winning…
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Heroic lives, Bruce Babington

Whatever it Takes: Pacific Films and John O’Shea 1948-2000 John Reid Victoria University Press, $60.00, ISBN 9781776562114 Many years ago, I was invited by the New Zealand Film Archive to try to order the mass of material in its John…
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Human error, Stephanie Johnson

A Mistake Carl Shuker Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781776562145 Carl Shuker is a writer who is not afraid to take risks. His previous four novels were all hailed for their innovation in form and espousal of post-modernism. He is,…
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A complicated relationship, Thom Conroy

The Ice Shelf Anne Kennedy Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781776562015 What role does a book invite me to accept as its reader? I need not comply with a book’s request, of course, but I’m bound to recognise or, at…
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Words uncaged, Tim Upperton

How to Defeat the Philistines David Beach David Beach, $25.00, ISBN 9780473426163 Winter Eyes Harry Ricketts Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781776561872 A Fine Morning at Passchendaele Kevin Ireland Steele Roberts, $25.00, ISBN 9780947493677 Poetic forms are a bit like…
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Back in the day, Chris Else

Tane’s War Brendaniel Weir Cloud Ink Press, $30.00, ISBN 9780473415648 Gone to Pegasus Tess Redgrave Submarine, $35.00, ISBN 9780473419196 Rotoroa Amy Head Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781776561919 Over the last ten years or so, the number of established New…
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With thanks, Jane Westaway

Memory Pieces Maurice Gee Victoria University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9781776562077 Anyone who has taken even a passing interest in Maurice Gee’s long career must be aware that his childhood has been the ongoing imaginative source of his fiction, and that…
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Wrestling with the past, Gwynaeth McIntyre

Athens to Aotearoa: Greece and Rome in New Zealand Literature and Society Diana Burton, Simon Perris and Jeff Tatum (eds) Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781776561766 Athens to Aotearoa’s cover image, Herakles Wrestles the Taniwha, epitomises the very essence of…
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A study of politically enforced self-restraint, Janet McLean

In Search of Consensus: New Zealand’s Electoral Act 1956 and its Constitutional Legacy Elizabeth McLeay Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781776561841 As I write, the sitting president of the United States of America is reported to be seriously contemplating the…
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Yearning and erasure, John Horrocks

He’s so MASC Chris Tse Auckland University Press, $30.00, ISBN 1781869408879 The Facts Therese Lloyd Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781776561810 Dark Days at the Oxygen Café James Norcliffe Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781776560837 (more…)
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