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A gentle caress and a slap in the face, Veronica Maughan

Sodden Downstream Brannavan Gnanalingam Lawrence and Gibson, $29.00, ISBN 9780473410292 She walked in the hope that the tracks would lift her up, like the travelator that she marvelled at the airport, and carry her to Wellington. But there was no…
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Writing the self, again, John McCrystal

Mazarine Charlotte Grimshaw Penguin Random House, $38.00, ISBN 9780143771821 “Long ago”, the central character of Mazarine, Charlotte Grimshaw’s latest novel, writes, “I’d had an idea for a series of books in which the narratives were linked in the shape of…
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Breath-taking, Feya Durkin

Oxygen William Trubridge HarperCollins, $40.00, ISBN 9781775541134 Oxygen, by William Trubridge, is a breath-taking story about one man’s quest to push his body and mind to the absolute limits. Trubridge is a professional New Zealand freediver, and Oxygen tells the…
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The chase of the thrill, David Hill

Baby Annaleese Jochems  Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781776561667 The Man Who Would Not See Rajorshi Chakraborti Penguin Random House, $38.00, ISBN 9780143771784 Money in the Morgue Ngaio Marsh and Stella Duffy HarperCollins, $30.00, ISBN 9780008207113 “I hear you like…
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In memoriam, Jeremy Elwood 

A Pleasure to Be Here: The Best of Clarke and Dawe 1989-2017 John Clarke and Bryan Dawe Text, $37.00, ISBN 9781925603200 Tinkering: The Complete Book of John Clarke John Clarke Text, $42.00, ISBN 9781925603194 When John Clarke passed away last…
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On a global stage

Peter Dowling, president of the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ), reports back from the recent Bologna Children’s Book Fair. (more…)
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The Alexander Turnbull Library turns 100

Sarah Knox (Assistant Chief Librarian) and Fiona Oliver (Curator New Zealand and Pacific Publications) of the Alexander Turnbull Library | National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa commemorate a most generous gift. The library came into being…
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The deep discomfort of remembering, Ann Beaglehole

All This by Chance Vincent O’Sullivan Victoria University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9781776561797 All This by Chance is not a Holocaust novel nor a Jewish one, according to author Vincent O’Sullivan. It is a Kiwi story. But the book is most…
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Entangled histories, Megan Dunn

Strangers Arrive: Emigrés and the Arts in New Zealand 1930-1980 Leonard Bell Auckland University Press, $75.00, ISBN 9781869408732 Did you realise that artist Theo Schoon, best known for his modernist photographs of rippling mud pools, also performed Balinese dance? Have…
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Tracing trauma, Jane Westaway

Driving to Treblinka: A Long Search for a Lost Father Diana Wichtel Awa Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781927249406 How do human beings survive horror? The answer seems to be that they do and they don’t. Some part of them is crushed…
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