In a bit of a jam

I always read the list of Fiction new titles that comes out each month. The librarian who creates this list puts enough information to whet the appetite and nicely indicates books that might appeal to all tastes. Jam by Jake Simons was a good example of this and made me curious: A state of the…
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Happy birthday Caxton Press

The Caxton Press was launched on 10 June 1935 by John Drew and poet/typographer Denis Glover to publish New Zealand literature. Leo Bensemann had a long and fruitful association as a designer and illustrator with Caxton. Most of the decade’s best writers were first published by the company. Caxton Press tells the story on its…
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Great galloping grannies

The writing is on the wall for restful retirements and going gently into that good night. It’s just not enough now to hand out sweeties to the grandkiddies and have a monthly perm. And no one is expecting any words of wisdom from you either. Instead pensioners are required to recreate themselves. Nowadays, you must become more interesting, eccentric even. And don’t…
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Recent necrology, May 2014

Some well-known people who have died recently Maya Angelou, 1928-2014 American poet, novelist and civil rights activist Jack Brabham, 1926-2014 Driver with an engineering flair who was the first man to win the Formula 1 title in a car of his own making Lorraine Cohen, 1943-2014 Woman at the centre of an infamous international drug…
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