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Pack of Hounds

‘Fiction. It’s a pack of hounds in the forest, isn’t it? Chasing out the truth.’ ‘Fine. Give me a story then.’ I love this line in Toby Buck’s BNZ Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award winning story “Islands in the Stream” (and … Continue reading

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A Note to Bruce Willis

Bruce, please pick up the movie rights to Eoin Colfer’s Plugged because my friend Ceri and I think you’d do a good job.  We can see you tackling the bad guys …but how are you with an Oirish accent? This book is … Continue reading

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Another change

I biked to work this morning just after sunrise. The golden morning light, the sharp profiles of the hills and cliffs holding in the bay, the pure triangle of yacht sail out towards the horizon. A gorgeous morning. None of … Continue reading

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Change of season

There’s a change in our neighbourhood at this time of year. A shift to something quieter. Our gardens and the steep hillsides are thick and green and that may have a dampening effect on sound. And there are fewer girls … Continue reading

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Girls’ Guide to New Zealand

One day, when I was home in bed with a head cold (and before I gave into my usual ‘at home sick’ urge to vacuum the house!) I went through an atlas of New Zealand and listed the places with … Continue reading

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Anna Karenina

I resolved yesterday to start reading Anna Karenina again.  I know I read some of it a long time ago but its time to read, savour and finish it.  I suspect reading casually framed ‘crime’ novels does it – propels … Continue reading

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Nearly …

Today is one of those early autumn days when people think about going for a Sunday drive … or used to, when owning a car was something of a novelty, petrol was cheap, and families liked touring around suburbs and … Continue reading

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