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The legacies of history, B J Poff

Te Waimana, The Spring of Mana: Tuhoe History and the Colonial Encounter Jeffrey Sissons, Otago University Press, Dunedin, 1991, $39.95 Kinds of Peace: Maori People After the Wars, 1870-85 Sir Keith Sinclair, Auckland University Press, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 Unsung Hero:

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Posted in Biography, History, Maori, Non-fiction and Review

Brass plaque smashing? Barbara Duke

Subversive Acts: New Writing by New Zealand Women Cathie Dunsford (ed), Penguin Books, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 To call an anthology of short stories Subversive Acts and to begin the introduction with the assertion ‘Writing is a subversive act. It is an act

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A new young voice, Kirsty Cochrane

The Kite Ron Bacon and Kelvin Hawley, Hodder & Stoughton, Auckland, 1991, $10.95 Out Walked Mel Paula Boock, John McIndoe, Dunedin, 1991, $16.95 A picture-book format, and a story that doesn’t quite match: which could be a short-story for slightly older

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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review and Young adults

The intensity of departures from home, Emma Neale

The City Far from Home Margaret Sutherland, Hodder & Stoughton (Sceptre), Auckland, 1991, $19.95 The ‘City’ in the title of Sutherland’s collection of short stories takes on various forms: an island village in Fiji, or mentions of travel to locations

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Story-telling for all, Bruce Morris

Uncle Trev Jack Lasenby, Cape Catley, Whatamongo Bay, 1991, $14.95 Jack Lasenby has for some time now been delighting young New Zealanders (and those adults fortunate to have come across them) with his stories about Uncle Trev. Based firmly in

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Posted in Children, Fiction, Literature and Review

Honest and substantial, W S Broughton

Barbed Wire and Mirrors: Essays on New Zealand prose Lawrence Jones, Second edition, University of Otago Press (distrib John McIndoe Ltd, Dunedin), 1991, $39.95 Lawrence Jones has been writing about New Zealand fiction for at least twenty-five years now, and

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Gavin McLean: Diverse and shorter reviews

The Great New Zealand Fossil Book: Pictures of Ancient Life in an Evolving Land Ron Brazier, Ian Keyes and Graeme Stevens, DSIR Geology and Geophysics, Wellington, 1990, $49.95 On Shaky Ground: a Geological Guide to the Wellington Metropolitan Region Graeme

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Posted in History, Natural History, Non-fiction, Review and Sociology

Sidewinder as demon, Bernie Steeds

Sidewinder Alistair Campbell, Reed Books, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 Readers first meet Sidewinder about half way through Alistair Campbell’s 1989 novel The Frigate Bird. The novel’s narrator — a Cook Islands-born writer prone to rather extreme flights of fancy — is living in

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Changing women’s lives, Rosemary du Plessis

Springs in My Heels: Stories About Women and Change Alison Gray, Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, 1991, $27.95 Ladies a Plate: Change and Continuity in the Lives of New Zealand Women Julie Park (ed), Auckland University Press, Auckland, 1991, $29.95 Both

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Two sisters and a witch, Rebekah Palmer

The Word Burners Beryl Fletcher, Daphne Brasell Associates, Wellington, 1991, $19.95 Finding Out Elspeth Sandys, Vintage New Zealand, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 The night-witch is invoked early in The Word Burners. The main character, Julia, tells her children of a lonely witch who lived

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