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Missing Iris, Jane Stafford

The Book of Iris: A Life of Robin Hyde Derek Challis and Gloria Rawlinson Auckland University Press, $69.95, ISBN 1869402677 Often the genesis of a biography is as interesting as the work itself. Robin Hyde died in 1939 in London

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Editorial — Issue 55

Enemies of promise   “Whom the gods wish to destroy they first call promising.” That was Cyril Connolly in 1938, warning of the dangers threatening writers of the time. More specifically, in his ground-breaking part-memoir, part-critical volume Enemies of Promise,

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Super-seded? Susan St John

Rewarding Service: A history of the Government Superannuation Fund Neil Atkinson University of Otago Press, $39.95, ISBN 1877276227 It is hard to disagree with the opening lines of this book: “In The past three decades superannuation has become one of

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Letters — Issue 55

Removing distinctions of race Richard Hill’s review “Beyond Treaty illiteracy” (August 2002 issue) purports to emphasise the crucial importance of language as a means of communication. Who disagrees? Unfortunately, his review is bizarrely unreadable. He opens with a few general

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Revelling in idiosyncrasy, Diane Brown

The Bag Lady’s Picnic Frankie McMillan Shoal Bay Press, $24.95, ISBN 1877251097 Creative Juices. New Writing  ed Emma Neale Flamingo, $29.95, ISBN 1869504100 “We want more Kiwi dialogues,” my advanced ESOL class told me. I toyed with the idea of

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World-class in Timaru, Mark Williams

Chemistry Damien Wilkins Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864734271 In a 1913 guide book, Forest and Ice, Blanche Baughan describes the Franz Josef glacier: “the grandeur of great, ordained descent, embodied here in a white stairway of the gods, magnificently

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A better class of hoon, Mark Broatch

Stonedogs Craig Marriner Random House, $26.95, ISBN 1869414764 I donned my beanie before writing this review. It seemed only fitting. Part of the challenge of this book is its subject matter: drunken, stoned hoons, racing around the country in an

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The missing alternative, Tim Hazledine

At The Crossroads: Three Essays Jane Kelsey Bridget Williams Books, $34.95, ISBN 1877242918 Re-launching his New Left Review for the new millennium, the veteran British socialist Perry Anderson conceded with apparent equanimity that “the only starting point for a realistic

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Poem — Cilla McQueen

Warp   I couldn’t hear myself think when the storm came over and the roof became a giant drum. Thunder rocked the house. Capricious lightning reached a finger into my computer, knocked out the modem and set the date back

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Charms and riddles, Kathryn Walls

Another 100 New Zealand Poems for Children ed Rachel McAlpine (illustrated David Elliot) Random House, $24.95, ISBN 1869414853 Like its evidently popular predecessor, this anthology is invitingly presented. Hard covers announce that it is meant to be kept for long-term

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