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In New Zealand's idyllic Golden Bay, artist Ivan is plagued by a low frequency humming noise: is it whale song, tinnitus, a CIA weapon, or the voice of God speaking very, very slowly? Worse, Ivan is bored with his sensible lover, Jane, who believes her life is perfect. Xania the warrior woman arrives from Argentina, determined to make the world a better place, starting wit ...more
Kindle Edition, 239 pages
Published April 9th 2014 by Rachel McAlpine Trust (first published January 1st 2005)
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Rosie Amber
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Humming is a contemporary tale set in Golden Bay New Zealand. Golden Bay is found on the northeast coastline of the South Island. The story is set in the small community of Petitport and the story begins in 2001. Ivan is an artist, Jane runs a café, they have a relaxed open relationship. Ivan can constantly hear a humming noise and the search for it's cause drives him to distraction.

Much of the community is brought together by a Tai Chi class that meets regularly. Xania has just returned from a
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May 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
NOTE: I WROTE THIS REVIEW FOR MY UNIVERSITY NEWSPAPER WAY BACK IN 2005, I WAS ALSO FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO INTERVIEW THE AUTHOR. SO THIS IS PART REVIEW/PART INTERVIEW.

Rachel McAlpine is a remarkable New Zealand author; although she is not a household name, her work is well known and liked in New Zealand. I caught up with her about her new novel Humming and her writing in general.

Humming is an outstanding book, set in Golden Bay, New Zealand. The novel is centred on the lives
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Anne Herbison
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I enjoyed this book, particularly its characterisations.
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McAlpine and her five sisters grew up in small-town vicarages in Canterbury, New Zealand. When she was 10 the family moved to Christchurch, where she attended Christchurch Girls High School and Canterbury University, graduating BA and Senior Scholar. She was married twice: to civil engineer Grant McAlpine (1969-1981) and to artist Michael Smither (1988-1992).

After four years in Geneva she moved to
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