The Return of the She Devil

It has been 34 years since readers last heard from Fay Weldon's infamous creation - Ruth Patchett, the ultimate she devil. Now in 2017, Ruth has returned. She is 84 years of age, now a dame, and a president for the institute for gender parity. Her children have (unsurprisingly) not spoken to her for many years…
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Mad about Mansfield

What is it about Katherine Mansfield that continues to capture the imagination? Is it her gamine figure and thoroughly modern bob? Is it the fact that she died so young, at only 34 with presumably many more stories in her left unwritten? Is it the idea of someone with such a proper upbringing would so fully embracing…
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Patricia Grace: On Belonging

Last Sunday I shrugged on a heavy coat and ventured out into a grey and dismal Christchurch morning to hear two New Zealand fiction writers - Paula Morris and Patricia Grace. The On Belonging session was advertised as exploring themes "themes of nostalgia, memory and belonging" however both women confessed very early in that neither…
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