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Biennial banquet, Jane Stafford

Writers and Readers Week Common threads of history, memory, the intersection of personal experience with the historical past, suggest lively debate at this year’s Writers and Readers Week. The Observer critic said of John Banville’s latest novel, Eclipse: “With prose

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How far can you go? John Stenhouse

The Bishop’s Paper: A History of the Catholic Press of the Diocese of Auckland Nicholas Reid Catholic Publications Centre, $22.95, ISBN 0473072181 Nicholas Reid sheds valuable light on New Zealand’s religious and cultural history in The Bishop’s Paper, a history

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Winged words, Jane McRae

Nga Pepeha a nga Tipuna: The Sayings of the Ancestors ed Hirini Moko Mead and Neil Grove Victoria University Press, $59.95, ISBN 0864733992 Maori sayings are “ready bits of loftiness and sonority”, to use George Steiner’s apt characterisation of formulaic expression.

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Poem — Elizabeth Smither

The Oxford comma   A little knot of writers at a prize-giving ceremony, standing uncertainly, looking at the stage and the side table with scrolls and envelopes containing magical cheques, we discuss to show erudition and hide fear the Oxford

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Ghosts and disclosures, Charmaine Pountney

Lesbian Studies in Aotearoa/New Zealand ed Alison Laurie Harrington Park Press, $79.95, ISBN 1560232528 Academic publications are often daunting to lay readers obscure, dense, and obfuscatory. But Lesbian Studies in Aotearoa/New Zealand, a paperback for general readers (co-published simultaneously as

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Butting the trend, Marion McLeod

In the Lifetime of a Goat: Writings 1984 – 2000 Marilyn Waring Bridget Williams Books, $34.95, ISBN 1877242098 Journalism is an ephemeral business. “Today’s news, tomorrow’s fish and chips wrapping” – the saying may be out of date but the

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Redefining war art, Roger Blackley

I was no soldier: An artist’s war diary Ted Lewis Steele Roberts, $39.95, ISBN 1877228494 I  was no soldier tells the story of an art teacher’s experiences of World War 2. Ted Lewis volunteered in January 1941 for the medical

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The perils of proximity, Michael Laws

Helen: Portrait of a Prime Minister Brian Edwards Exisle Publishing, $44.95, ISBN 0908988206 Biography is a fraught art. If the subject is dead, then the Author is reliant upon a myriad of sources, often contradictory, to capture the essence of

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Bestriding two worlds, Alan Ward

He Tipua: The Life and Times  of Sir Apirana Ngata Ranginui Walker Viking, $69.95, ISBN 0670911887 In the Foreword, Sir Henare Ngata, son of Sir Apirana, on Behalf of the Ngata family and the Ngati Porou people, thanks Dr Ranginui

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Rearranging the found, Mark Amery

Shifting Nature: Photographs by Wayne Barrar Wayne Barrar, with an essay by Geoff Park Otago University Press, $49.95, ISBN 1877276057 Chris Booth: Sculpture in Europe, Australia and New Zealand Edward Lucie-Smith, Ken Scarlett and Gregory O’Brien Godwit, $49.95, ISBN 1869620739

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