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Satire and sympathy, Sally Sutton

The Shag Incident Stephanie Johnson Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 1869415019 When the playwright and academic Mervyn Thompson was abducted, branded a rapist, and tied to a tree by a group of feminists in 1984, I was eleven years old. I don’t

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Children’s book awards finalists

Winners of the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2003 will be announced on April 8. Finalists in the four categories are: Junior fiction: Buddy by V M Jones (HarperCollins); A Friend in Paradise by Des Hunt (HarperCollins); The Dragon’s

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One of Alf’s, Jack Lasenby

Somebodies and Nobodies Brian Turner Vintage, $34.95 ISBN 1869415078 Few autobiographies return us to scrutinising our own lives. I’ve just had – suffered – that experience reading Brian Turner’s Somebodies and Nobodies. It covers his first 25 years, from birth

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Back in the frame, Elizabeth Alley

An Inward Sun: The World of Janet Frame Michael King, contemporary photographs by Reg Graham Penguin Books, $39.95, ISBN 0143018388 So much has already been said. It is an irony that Janet Frame’s life, so often described as that of our

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Who’s been sleeping here? Bernard Carpinter

The Empty Bed Paul Thomas HarperCollins, $31.95, ISBN 0732271703 Killings and jokes are what readers expect from Paul Thomas, after his three wonderful thrillers Old School Tie (also known as Dirty Laundry), Inside Dope and Guerilla Season. There is a

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Myth-busting, Nicholas Reid

A Sort of Conscience – The Wakefields Philip Temple Auckland University Press, $69.95, ISBN 1869402766 Myth one about the Wakefields (enshrined in colonial textbooks of long ago). The Wakefields were a great founding family of New Zealand, and Edward Gibbon

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The poem as stretch limo, Ian Wedde

Fq Alan Brunton Bumper Books, $32.95, ISBN 0958222541 The idea of the long poem as a stretch limo glides towards me. The vehicle is at once ostentatious and stylish, excessive and sleek. Displaying privilege, it also accommodates a raucous wedding-party

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Issue 57 Autumn 2002

  Volume 12 | Number 1 | Issue 57 | Autumn 2002 Joan de Hamel: Sandy McKay, Recycled and My Dad the All Black; Vince Ford, The Dare Club; Jan Thorburn, Stranded; Jack Lasenby, Aunt Effie Editorial A farewell Letters Brian

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Reading history backwards, Edmund Bohan

The Blue Lion: An historical love story Graham Billing Cape Catley, $24.95, ISBN 090856192X The Blue Lion was Graham Billing’s last book, for the author of Forbush and the Penguins, The Slipway and The Chambered Nautilus died last December before

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Art as survival, David Eggleton

Pacific Art Niu Sila: the Pacific Dimension of Contemporary New Zealand Arts  ed Sean Mallon and Pandora Fulimalo Pereira Te Papa Press,$49.95, ISBN 0909010838 Robert Louis Stevenson, writing about Samoan culture over a century ago, expressed it thus: No occasion

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