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Small shoes; small reviews: media treatment of children’s literature, Barbara Mabbett

It is a truth universally acknowledged that value of labour is associated with size of client: children’s nurses and teachers, for instance, are almost always paid less that those who nurse or teach people whose shoes and wallets are somewhat

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On the Main Trunk Line, Charlotte Yates

An Ordinary Joker: the life and songs of Peter Cape ed Roger Steele Steele Roberts, $59.95, ISBN 1877228125 For a singer, Peter Cape has always struck me as an anomaly, with his thin nasal tenor, tentative tuning, and strongly defective

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Pamela to pomo, Sydney Shep

Samuel Richardson of London, Printer: A Study of his Printing Based on Ornament Use and Business Accounts  Keith Maslen University of Otago (Studies in English 7), $95.00, ISBN 0473077604 Reading/Saying/Making: Selected Essays Alan Loney The Writers Group, $39.95, ISBN 0473076284

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Lucky dip, Nelson Wattie

After Bathing at Baxter’s: Essays and Notebooks Gregory O’Brien Victoria University Press, $39.95, ISBN 0864734182 Structurally, as the subtitle suggests, this is a mixed bag, but on most pages most readers will find a sentence or two, a paragraph, an

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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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Chord and discord Laurence Jenkins

A Life Set to Music, the Autobiography of Edwin Carr, New Zealand Composer Edwin Carr Blanchard Press, $42.95, ISBN 0473078511 With the recent death of Douglas Lilburn, this country was reminded that the vanguard of creative artists, those who first

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Less than kind, Elizabeth Webby

Kin of Place: Essays on 20 New Zealand Writers C K Stead Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1869402723 When invited to review this new collection of critical essays by C K Stead, I initially demurred on the grounds of my

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A fierce inwardness, Peter Wells

I got on the bus the other day, and there was only one seat left. I sat down beside a young woman. She had a book open on her lap, and she was leaning her head against a rain-teared window.

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Poem — Leonard Lambert

In the Garden Place, amoroso   Coming in from every boxed and metal thing I stumbled on this courtly crowd – I was on my best behaviour, hope it showed. Down every aisle I nodded, noted every winning smile –

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Issue 55 Spring 2001

  Volume 11 | Number 3 | Issue 55 | Spring 2001 Tim Hazledine: Jane Kelsey, At the Crossroads. Three Essays Editorial Letters “Imprints”: Peter Wells Jane Stafford: Derek Challis and Gloria Rawlinson, The Book of Iris: A Life of Robin Hyde

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