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Absolutely fabulous, Thom Conroy

The Absolute Book Elizabeth Knox Victoria University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9781776562305 The Absolute Book by Elizabeth Knox is a Ronsardian ode to worldbuilding. Who creates worlds? What connects them? Who controls them? These questions shape the novel’s plot, subject and…
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The life and the work, Martin Edmond

In Fifteen Minutes You Can Say A Lot: Selected Fiction Greville Texidor, (Kendrick Smithyman ed) Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781776562268 All The Juicy Pastures: Greville Texidor And New Zealand Margot Schwass Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781776562251 In April…
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In the hybrid zones, Airini Beautrais

How To Live Helen Rickerby Auckland University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781869409050 Ransack essa may ranapiri Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781776562374 Conventional Weapons Tracey Slaughter Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781776562206 In a literary sense, genre is problematic. While it’s…
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“Unlicked selves”, Hugh Roberts

Collected Poems Fleur Adcock Victoria University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9781776562091 “Fleur Adcock is a New Zealand poet, editor and translator who resides in Britain” – so says, blandly, the inside back flap of the dust-jacket of Victoria University Press’s imposing…
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Challenging, touching, persuading, Janet Hughes

How I Get Ready Ashleigh Young Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 978176562367 The Dangerous Country Of Love And Marriage Amy Leigh Wicks Auckland University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781869408978 To The Occupant Emma Neale Otago University Press, $28.00, ISBN 9781988531687 Judging…
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Searching for the whole truth, Bill Hastings 

Shirley Smith: An Examined Life Sarah Gaitanos Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781776562176 In Wellington, it is difficult to find a lawyer, judge, or even a member of the Mongrel Mob of a certain age, who does not have a…
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Believing you are a star, Nick Bollinger

Dead People I Have Known Shayne Carter Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781776562213 Rock odysseys can start in obscure places. Shayne Carter’s began in Brockville, a state-housing suburb of Dunedin, a city at the southern end of a country that…
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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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