Renée

Renée is an Ōtaki author who has written numerous plays and novels. Her memoir These Two Hands was published by Makaro Press in October 2017. Renée was born in 1929 in Napier.

Books
Apr 23, 2020

Lockdown letters #28, Renée: A crime novel

Writing a crime novel’s easy, right?

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Books
Apr 18, 2020

Lockdown letter #23, Renée: A wild patience

'My patience, never a very strong part of my character, is being stretched a bit so thinking of something else is preferable to throwing all the cups on the floor.'

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Books
Apr 13, 2020

Lockdown letters #18, Renée: 1951 and the dictator's to-do list

'Illegal bulletins by Rona and Chips Bailey and cartoons by Max Bollinger continued in spite of police raids'

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Books
Apr 8, 2020

Lockdown letters #13, Renée: Suffer little children

'Yes, it's endearing that the PM said that the Easter Bunny is an essential service but I wondered how many kids had a hope in hell of seeing three good meals a day let alone a chocolate egg.'

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Books
Apr 3, 2020

Lockdown letters #8, Renée: Cleaning out the store cupboard

In which another lockdown milestone is reached – tackling the kitchen cupboards.

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Society
Mar 29, 2020

Lockdown letters #3, Renée: Help yourself to my rhubarb

In our new series some of NZ's best writers tell us what they’ve been up to in the days of alert level four. Today, Ōtaki author Renée.

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Society
Jan 12, 2020

Renée: Te Tairāwhiti blue

In the final of a special travel writing series, playwright and novelist Renée reflects on the past and ponders the future on a road trip up the East Coast.

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Books
Oct 24, 2017

Memoir: The night she left her husband for another woman

A memoir of the end of a marriage by playwright Renée.

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Books
Sep 14, 2016

The Mervyn Thompson Affair: ‘I was both angry and hurt at the way I’d been dumped in it by the women who were responsible for the attack’

All week we revisit the Mervyn Thompson Affair - the strange, powerful 1984 incident when six women abducted an Auckland university lecturer, chained him to a tree in Western Springs, and labelled him a rapist. Today: a memoir by playwright Renee, who became victimised after the attack.

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