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“An area of increasing need”, Sylvan Thomson

Representing Trans: Linguistic, Legal and Everyday Perspectives  Evan Hazenberg and Miriam Meyerhoff (eds) Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781776561759   The day before this review was due, my mother messaged me to say that she had heard an interview on…
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Knowing one another, Maggie Trapp

The Beat of the Pendulum: A Found Novel Catherine Chidgey Victoria University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9781776561704 Tess Kirsten McDougall Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781776561001 Gabriel’s Bay Catherine Robertson Black Swan, $38.00, ISBN 9780143771456 Imaginative writing takes the hurly-burly of…
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Imagined pasts, alternative futures, Craig Cliff

The Necessary Angel C K Stead Allen and Unwin, $37.00, ISBN 9781760631529 Salt Picnic Patrick Evans Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781776561698 Our Future is in the Air Tim Corballis Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781776561179 When a white male…
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The wisdom of things, Anna Smaill

The Yield Sue Wootton Otago University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780947522483 The Internet of Things Kate Camp Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781776561063 There is beauty to be had in yielding, Sue Wootton’s collection suggests, both to the natural world and…
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Sustained fullness of feeling, Damian Love

Tell Me My Name Bill Manhire Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781776561070   Some Things to Place in a Coffin Bill Manhire Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781776561056 It is often a revealing act. To translate, to imitate, to inhabit…
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The thrills of genre-literacy, David Larsen

The New Animals Pip Adam Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781776561162 Pip Adam’s second novel is bewildering. I say this as praise, though also as fair warning. On page one we meet Carla, who has stopped on her way somewhere…
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Courage, candour and bloody-mindedness, Frances Edmond

Playscripts Victor Rodger: Black Faggot and Other Plays Victoria University Press, $35.00 ISBN 9781776561032 “Life will always leave fiction for dead”: Victor Rodger, in the New Zealand Herald, summing up his life experience, thus far. Rodger’s upbringing is certainly uncommon…
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Young, gifted, female and brown, Elizabeth Crayford

Fale Aitu|Spirit House Tusiata Avia Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781776560646 Tail of the Taniwha Courtney Sina Meredith Beatnik Publishing, $30.00, ISBN 9780992264895 Lucky Punch Simone Kaho Anahera Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780473367510 Before Tusiata Avia’s Fale Aitu|Spirit House was published,…
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Who is Sam? Phillip Mann

Star Sailors James McNaughton Victoria University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9781776561018 This book is not science fiction; it is science fact. Global warming, unless controlled, will create an uninhabitable world. The threat is real: it is here, it is now and…
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The mess we’re in, Anne Kennedy

Lifting Damien Wilkins Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781776561025 In the opening scene of Lifting, Amy, a department store detective, is pursuing a “Person of Interest” (POI) – a ubi-quitous, parka-wearing woman who is probably about to nick the wallets…
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