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Lawrence Patchett Q&A

Tina Makereti: I’m going to start with the VUP blurb for the book, because it’s not an easy story to put into a few words: ‘In a radically changed Aotearoa New Zealand, Van’s life in the swamp is hazardous. Sheltered by Rau and Matewai, he mines plas
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Anna Smaill's launch speech for The Absolute Book

One of the enduring sources of delight in Elizabeth Knox’s work is a recurring trope. It’s a genre trope that has been stripped back to its bare walls and backfilled with nuance. It is this: an individual comes to an awareness of their rare gift.
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Launch speech for The Boyfriend

Tēnā koutou and welcome to this launch of Laura Southgate’s The Boyfriend. Be warned: that title is supremely ironic. Boys, some of whom are friends, are everywhere in this novel: there’s Dieter, Paul ‘so self contained he was practically shr
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Launch Speech for Ransack

Ransack by essa may ranapiri was launched on the 18th of July at Poppies Bookshop in Hamilton. The book was launched by Waikato University Senior Lecturer and writer, Tracey Slaughter. Pick up this book and you’re at the threshold of a tactile j
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