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How not to, Jane Westaway

How to Read a Book Kelly Ana Morey Awa Press, $24.95, ISBN 0958253897 How to Look at a Picture Justin Paton Awa Press, $24.95, ISBN 0958253889 Second-rate fiction, someone said, is utterly useless. A poor novel or short story gets

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History’s ghosts, Hugh Roberts

The Dark Lord of Savaiki: Collected Poems Alistair Te Ariki Campbell Hazard Press, $40.00, ISBN 1877393002 Poems 1946-2005 W H Oliver Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864735189 There are few readers now, I imagine, who could guess at more than

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Call me “Sir”, Nicholas Reid

Henry Cooper of Auckland Grammar School  Andrew Mason David Ling Publishing (in association with Auckland Grammar School Old Boys’ Association), $49.95, ISBN 1877378038 Personal confession and declaration of interest. I began my 25 years as a secondary-school teacher with a

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Letters — Issue 73

Reviewer d’un certain age Dear John McCrystal, I don’t know you, and I have no idea of your age. Hence I have two questions. Just so I know in the event I get asked to review one of your books

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In and out of the mincer, Jan Jordan

Accusation: A Wife’s Story Mary Fielding (with Jane Westaway) Longacre Press, $29.95, ISBN 1877361151 ”J’accuse!” (I accuse!). Just over 100 years ago Emile Zola’s article in Le Figaro on the Dreyfus Affair appeared beneath this bold headline, and helped to

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Editorial — Issue 73

Guest editorial Against complacency When I arrived in New Zealand 28 years ago I confessed to an eminent seismologist that, although an avid reader, I knew little about New Zealand writing. Fortunately for me he was a Renaissance man with

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Current account, Robin Johnson

Healthy Money Healthy Planet: Developing Sustainability Through New Money Systems Deirdre Kent Craig Potton Publishing, $34.99, ISBN 1877333298 This book is a serious critique of orthodox economic writing and attempts to set out an alternative interpretation of the role of

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What the Inspector of Nuisances saw, Deborah Montgomerie

Dirt: Filth and Decay in a New World Arcadia  Pamela Wood Auckland University Press, $44.99, ISBN 1869403487 Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but dirt is so much more interesting. Pamela Wood’s smart and insightful history of the varieties of

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Invitation to a smorgasbord, Christine Johnston

The Cat’s Whiskers: New Zealand Writers on Cats ed Peter Wells Random House, $29.95, ISBN 1869417453 The Best New Zealand Fiction Volume 2 ed Fiona Kidman Random House, $29.95, ISBN 1869417402 Huia Short Stories 6: Contemporary Maori Fiction Huia, $29.95,

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Mahy wins “Little Nobel”

Margaret Mahy has won the world’s premier prize for children’s writing, the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Dubbed the “Little Nobel”, it has been given biennially since 1956 to an author who has made a lasting contribution to international children’s literature. She

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