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Never too late: Rose Carlyle

A few years ago I met Chris Cleave at a writers’ forum in Auckland. He had just published Everyone Brave is Forgiven and had opened the forum with a beautiful speech about the power of fiction in the age of hate. Sitting in the auditorium beside novelists Catherine Robertson and Vanda Symon, I felt like …

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Twisted Sisters

Three new novels – Rose Carlyle’s  The Girl in the Mirror (Allen & Unwin), Sally Hepworth’s  The Good Sister (Pan Macmillan) and Sonya Bates’  Inheritance of Secrets (HarperCollins) – all explore sisters; sisters who are variously sinister, secretive or strange, especially when they happen to be twins, as is the case with both Rose’s and …

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