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Standing alone? Reina Whaitiri

Alan Duff’s Maori Heroes Random House, $39.95, ISBN 186941425X Wahine Toa: Women of Maori Myth Robyn Kahukiwa & Patricia Grace Penguin, $31.00, ISBN 0670839418   Alan Duff’s Maori Heroes features 58 men and women from a range of professions and

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Rough justice, Malcolm MacLean

Mene Confessions: Tall Tales from Netball’s Inner Circle Bernice Mene (and Geoff Young) Hodder Moa Beckett, $24.95, ISBN 1869588282   Picture the scene: an exceptionally glum group of public servants in Wellington one Monday morning in October 1999. The reason

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On the beat, Neil Cameron

A Policeman’s Paradise? Policing a Stable Society, 1918-1945 Graeme Dunstall Dunmore Press in association with the Historical Branch, Department of Internal Affairs, $49.95, ISBN 0864693567   This (large) volume is the fourth in the “official” history of the New Zealand

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Experts in avoidance, Emma Neale

Nineteen Widows Under Ash Damien Wilkins Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 086473395X   Wilkins’ new novel, set in the United States, begins as Evelyn Herbert undertakes a road journey to her Pacific Northwest hometown. She has left her husband, and

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Letters — Issue 46

Reviewing the reviewer I am writing in response to the review of my book The Ambush, which appeared in the August issue of your magazine. Laurence Jenkins accuses me of “the clumsy telling of a not-very-interesting story”. Let’s take a

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Poem — Elizabeth Smither

A dentist’s view of heaven   No drill, no syringes, no mouth washes no cotton padding like tiny bolsters no excavating a tooth like a collapsed house in which at the bottom remains like a family safe in a doodlebug

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“They all knew”, Peter Russell

Strawberries with the Führer Helga Tiscenko Shoal Bay Press, $29.95, ISBN 1877251038   The first chapters of Helga Tiscenko’s memoir of her life are in large part a tale of the ordinary. Her childhood with her younger sister Sigrid in

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Issue 46 Winter 1999

  Volume 9 | Number 2 | Issue 46 | Winter 1999 Marion McLeod: Charlotte Randall, The Curative Editorial Correspondence Rosemary McLeod: Helen Smyth, Rocking the Cradle: Contraception, Sex and Politics in New Zealand Joan Rosier-Jones: Barbara Else (ed), Grand

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Editorial — Issue 46

Publishers behaving badly Writers can be an ungracious lot. They take offence easily; they rarely apologise or express thanks; even more rarely do they return favours. They are also known to derive as much pleasure from a friend’s literary failure

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When Porsche comes to shove, Jane Clifton

The Anti-Economist Papers Paul Bieleski Tandem, $24.95, ISBN 187717856X Here’s a nice rural scene: a passing motorist bets a mustering farmer one sheep that he can guess the exact number of sheep in his flock. When the motorist gets the

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