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Waving or drowning, Brian Opie

Catching the Knowledge Wave? The Knowledge Society and the Future of Education  Jane Gilbert NZCER Press, $36.00, ISBN 1877398047 A deep anxiety lies at the centre of policy and planning in New Zealand which the title of Jane Gilbert’s important

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Radiant living, Philip Temple

Sir Edmund Hillary, An Extraordinary Life Alexa Johnston Penguin Viking, $59.95, ISBN 0670045543 Just when you thought there was nothing else to be recorded or said about Sir Edmund Hillary, this lavish compendium of a life appears, arising from the

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Once upon a time in Caversham, Greg Newbold

Class and Occupation: The New Zealand Reality Erik Olssen and Maureen Hickey Otago University Press, $45.00, ISBN 187737203X Class and Occupation is based on almost three decades of intermittent but intensive research, begun in the 1970s, on the Dunedin suburb

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Hard man, Geoff Chapple

Harold Wellman: A Man Who Moved New Zealand  Simon Nathan Victoria University Press, $49.95, ISBN 0864735065 He carried gelignite in the back of his V8. He could roll cigarettes with one hand, make his own beer, and when confined to

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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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