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Women on top, Linda Burgess

Linda Burgess responds to The Women’s Bookshop’s invitation to vote for the top 10 women writers of the last 50 years … and assesses the results.  Speaking in that slightly miffed voice that people can use when they get a

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You had to be there, Simon Upton

Creating a National Spirit – Celebrating New Zealand’s Centennial ed William Renwick Victoria University Press, $39.95, ISBN 0864734751 How many people can recall New Zealand’s 150th birthday? And of those who can, what is it that is most vividly remembered?

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Yes, Minister, Bob Gregory

The Tie That Binds: The Relationship Between Ministers and Chief Executives Colin James Institute of Policy Studies and the New Zealand Centre for Public Law, Victoria University of Wellington, $25.00, ISBN 0908935676 Public service reform was not a major election

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Dealing with the fallout, Nick Matwiyoff

Nuclear New Zealand: Sorting Fact from Fiction Andrew McEwan Hazard, $39.99, ISBN 187727058X In July 2002, on the 36th anniversary of the first French nuclear tests on the Mururoa Atoll, John Doom of Papeete’s Association Mururoa e Tatou announced that an

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In their natural habitat, Barry Gustafson

Political Animals: Confessions of a Parliamentary Zoologist Jane Clifton Penguin, $29.95, ISBN 0143019643 Two Titans: Muldoon, Lange and Leadership Jon Johansson Dunmore Press, $34.95, ISBN 1877399019 I have always loved Jane Clifton. I mean her well-informed, insightful and quirky newspaper

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Take me there now, Garth Baker

A Tramper’s Journey Mark Pickering Craig Potton Publishing, $29.99, ISBN 1877333174 Ride: The Story of Cycling in New Zealand The Kennett Brothers The Kennett Brothers, $39.95, ISBN 095834907X Just this week, someone I know who cannot bear to be more

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One-night stands, Christine Johnston

Next to Gods: A Cleaner’s Story  Don Franks Four Winds Press, $14.95, ISBN 0958251487 On Getting Old  Kevin Ireland Four Winds Press, $14.95, ISBN 0958251479 On Going to the Movies Peter Wells Four Winds Press, $14.95, ISBN 0958251460 I have

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Cracks in the world, Kathryn Walls

Margaret Mahy: A Writer’s Life Tessa Duder HarperCollins, $39.95, ISBN 1869504852 Margaret Mahy’s 1995 novel The Other Side of Silence presents itself as the autobiography of its female hero (whose name, too, is “Hero”). At the end, however, the first

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One of the survivors, Tony Simpson

A Radical Writer’s Life  Dick Scott Reed, $39.99, ISBN 0790009765 The society in which I grew up largely no longer exists, immolated in the “reforms” of the 80s and 90s. It would be wrong to consider that an entirely bad

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Editorial — Issue 70

Review and be damned There is in Britain a financial journalist called Peter Jay, who, when he was economics editor of The Times, famously dismissed a sub-editor’s querying of his incomprehensible copy by informing him haughtily that the article was

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