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The two cultures, Ray Henwood

As a science undergraduate in the mid-1950s I was aware of C P Snow’s attempts to awaken people to the problem of the two cultures. Perhaps my growing interest and work in theatre had given me an edge over my

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Purposeful nonsense? John O’Connor

Comment  Lenin once said, “When I see a dung heap, I do not rummage in it to see if it is a dung heap.” Polemics, of course – entertaining, but not enlightening. Freed, Morepork, Parallax, And, Splash (all discontinued) –

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Happy days, Redmer Yska

I Live Here Now: Sarah Campion in 1950s New Zealand ed Rachel Scott Shoal Bay Press, $29.95, ISBN 1877251054 Over the summer of 2000, National Radio was the unlikely backdrop for a rumble over New Zealand in the 1950s. The

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Posted in Essays, History, Media, Non-fiction, Review and Sociology

Flying with the godwit, Rupert Glover

Wings of the Nation: A History of the New Zealand National Airways Corporation, 1947-78 Peter Aimer The Bush Press, $49.95, ISBN 0908608861 Wings of the Nation is subtitled A History of the New Zealand National Airways Corporation, 1947-78, but it

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Laying ghost, Laura Kroetsch

Haunt Bronwyn Bannister Otago University Press, $24.95, ISBN 1877133841 Between Black and White Eirlys Hunter Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1869414284 I find that when reading a first novel I often flick to the little publisher logo on the spine. I acknowledge

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The inside story, Stuart Murray

Where’s Waari? A History of the Maori through the Short Story ed Witi Ihimaera Reed Publishing, $29.95, ISBN 0790007355 “Here then are 28 stories,” writes Witi Ihimaera in his introduction to this anthology, “– 28 scenes if you like – covering

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Surf’s up … and down, Glenn Wood

Gone Surfing: The Golden Years of Surfing in New Zealand, 1950-1970 Luke Williamson Penguin, $34.95, ISBN 0140298908 Over the past few years I’ve spent a considerable amount of surfing time sitting on various beaches, board beside me, wondering why I’d

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Posted in History, Non-fiction and Sport

The triumph of reinvention, Mary Varnham

Wellington – The First Years of European Settlement 1840-1850 Gavin McLean Penguin Books, $29.95, ISBN 0140288635 Wellington’s Heritage – plants, gardens, and landscape Winsome Shepherd Te Papa Press, $49.95, ISBN 0909010730 Kirkcaldie & Stains – A Wellington Story Julia Millen

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

Story time, Ian Richards

City of Reeds  Tina Shaw Penguin Books, $24.95, ISBN 014029791X City of Reeds, Tina Shaw’s third novel, is a large and accomplished work. It’s an example of a relatively new departure in New Zealand fiction: the story-telling novel. This sort

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Shadow lines, Lewis Scott

The Better Part Meg Campbell Hazard Press, $21.95, ISBN 1877161276 Postscripts J C Sturm Steele Roberts, $19.95, ISBN 1877228354 It would be remiss of this reviewer not to note that these two women poets, who have their own growing reputations,

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