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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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Issue 52 Summer 2000

  Volume 10 | Number 4 | Issue 52 | Summer 2000 Michael Laws: Brian Edwards, Helen: Portrait of a Prime Minister Editorial Shelagh Duckham Cox: Kirsty Gunn, Featherstone Simone Drichel: Alan Duff, Szabad Diana Bridge: “The route” (poem) Kim Worthington:

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Quo vadis, Alan? Simone Drichel

Szabad Alan Duff Vintage, $29.95, ISBN 1869414721 Reviewing a new novel by – notoriously controversial –  Alan Duff is not only a daunting, but also a somewhat futile exercise. Judgements regarding Duff’s work tend to be firmly in place: there

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Down memory lane, Bernadette Hall

Axis: Poems & Drawings Cilla McQueen Otago University Press, $34.95, ISBN 1877276065 The Sky’s Enormous Jug Jan Kemp Puriri Press, $24.00, ISBN 0908943199 Stairdancing Janet Hughes Wai-te-ata Press, $24.95, ISBN 1877159077 It was a rather odd experience writing this particular

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Challenged and challenging, Margaret Tennant

Politics in the Playground Helen May Bridget Williams Books with the New Zealand Council for Educational Research, $39.95, ISBN 1877242187 “Unfortunate Folk”: Essays on Mental Health Treatment 1863-1992 ed Barbara Brookes and Jane Thomson Otago University Press, $39.95, ISBN 187727609X New

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The family way, Margot Schwass

Authors’ Choice: Leading New Zealand writers choose their favourite stories – and explain why ed Owen Marshall Penguin, $29.95, ISBN 0141005297 Short short stories, postmodern short stories, short stories by young writers, women writers, gay writers … In recent years,

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Botrytised emotion, John Huria

Piggy-back Moon Hone Tuwhare Godwit, $29.95, ISBN 1869620771 Hone Tuwhare’s thirteenth collection is the result of his time as Te Mata Estate poet laureate. It isn’t his most consistent vintage, and I have some reservations about a corked poem or

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The Christchurch Crucible, Greg Newbold

A City Possessed: The Christchurch Civic Creche Case Lynley Hood Longacre Press, $59.95, ISBN 1877135623 At the end of March 1992, when I heard about the arrest of Peter Ellis on a number of charges relating to the sexual abuse

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