Blog Archives

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

See more ›

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Fiction, Literature and Review

“Ikey” and I, Paul Morris

At the Edge of Memory: A Family Story Michael King Penguin, $34.95, ISBN 0143018159 In his new book, Michael King revisits his Kiwi Irish Catholic background, focusing on his experiences of anti-semitism. Nuns explained that God had withdrawn His blessing

See more ›

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Biography, Non-fiction and Review

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

See more ›

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Poem

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

See more ›

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Non-fiction, Politics & Law and Review

The trouble with Harry, Catherine Hill

Tomorrow Tastes Better Russell Haley HarperCollins, $19.95, ISBN 1869503910 The English Harem  Anthony McCarten Random House, $26.95, ISBN 1869414640 What exactly is a comic novel? The question arises because comedy is the common feature of Tomorrow Tastes Better and The

See more ›

Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Posted in Fiction, Literature and Review

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

See more ›

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Children, Literature, Poetry and Review

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

See more ›

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Comment

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

See more ›

Tagged with: , , , , ,
Posted in Biography, Music, Non-fiction and Review

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

See more ›

Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Biography, Essays, Literature, Non-fiction and Review

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

See more ›

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Essays, Non-fiction and Review
Search
Search by category