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Flying to Pauanui

I made a late entry in the comment thread of the year over at Dim Post, a challenge to “submit a paragraph in which Shelley writes a passage from a classic New Zealand…

Auckland, Aotearoa Gill

An evening with AA Gill, Auckland Readers & Writers Festival 13 May 2011 AA Gill, the man himself, dismantler of restaurants and sharpest dictaphone in the west strolled slowly on stage suited and…

Two things too small for posts of their own

One: I’ve signed up at goodreads.com. My first review is of Donald Sturrock’s Road Dahl bio Storyteller. I recommend it, and wrote a review over there. Most interesting to me was Dahl’s view…

Two short book reviews

Holly wood Animal: A memior by Joe Eszterhaus Basic Instinct writer Eszterhaus stars in his own life history, a life divided between his two children and wife he was steadily growing apart from,…

Came A Hot Friday – short book review

This book has everything – heavy drinking, sex, violence, crime and gambling, all packed into one weekend in a couple of small towns in Taranaki. The characters and writing are colorful, to say…

Two more very short book reviews

Chad Taylor – Heaven Again, Chad Taylor puts you right into a fictional Auckland that makes it seem much more dangerous and sexy than the one I live in. Apparently Taylor was doing…

To-read pile, back under control

Three very short book reviews

On Beauty – Zadie Smith Apparently a homage to Howards End, On Beauty is the story of a washed out English professor, his family, his deadly rival and how it all breaks down…

Book review – A Fraction Of The Whole – Steve Toltz

If this review was AFOTW, it would be 1500 words long and mention books I’d read as a lad, books my uncle read, and books I might read in the future. At 700…

Read: The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith

It may have been a mistake to read this right after White Teeth. The Autograph Man is on a completely different scale to itsĀ  predecessor, the narrative taking only a couple of weeks…

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