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Imperial vision, Richard Hill

The Best Man Who Ever Served The Crown? A Life of Donald McLean Ray Fargher Victoria University Press, $50.00, ISBN 7980864735607 The name Donald McLean pervades the historiography of colonial New Zealand. But despite this ubiquity, until now no extensive

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Bury my heart in the Maniototo, Laura Kroetsch

Speaking for Themselves: Ex-pats Have Their Say Jan Morgan Cape Catley, $29.99, ISBN 9781877340123 Visitors to New Zealand are asked, not long after arrival, a little question that comes up again and again – “So, what do you think of

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Letters — Issue 83

Balance before vitriol I was sorry to read Graeme Hunt’s letter (NZB Winter 2008) in which he takes offence at Trevor Richards’ admirable review of Spies and Revolutionaries (NZB Autumn 2008). Hunt demands novel admissions from his reviewer – first,

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Containing multitudes, Hamish Clayton

The Plumb Trilogy Maurice Gee Penguin Books, $40.00, ISBN 9780143007562 Towards the end of Sole Survivor, the final instalment of Maurice Gee’s The Plumb Trilogy, journalist Ray Sole reflects on both the desire and difficulty of writing the story of

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Cock-a-doodle-do Jane Westaway

Roosters I Have Known Steve Braunias Awa Press, $30.00, ISBN 9780958275057 When my kids were small, we kept a bantam rooster called Mr Wingspan. The name was meant to be ironic, but what Mr Wingspan lacked in stature he more

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Murry’s Mansfield, Mark Williams

Katherine Mansfield’s Short Stories Vintage, $35.00, ISBN 9781869419837 The death of an author might seem to close the book, establishing a final and complete version of the work. In the case of Katherine Mansfield this has been spectacularly not the

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Editorial — Issue 83

Hares and tortoises Readers, reviewers and authors may have noticed (and perhaps even grumbled) that NZB reviews tend to run rather later in the life of a book than those broadcast, or appearing elsewhere. Newspapers, magazines and radio usually feature

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Counterpunching King, Stevan Eldred-Grigg

No Left Turn: The Distortion of New Zealand’s History by Greed, Bigotry and Right Wing Politics Chris Trotter Random House, $36.99, ISBN 9781869418090 This book is a riposte, a counterpunch in a sparring match between spokesmen for two ideologies. It’s

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Issue 83 Spring 2008

  Volume 18 | Number 3 | Issue 83 | Spring 2008 Editorial: “Hares and Tortoises” Jane Westaway: Steve Braunias, Roosters I Have Known Letters Tony Simpson: “Out of the Secret Annex” (Byline) Michael Nicolaidi: The Theatre Royal: An Illustrated

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