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Enter a messenger, David Hill

Our English teacher in form five was a nice, ineffectual guy. He stuttered, so in typically compassionate boys’ school style, we called him “Static”. His discipline was pretty tenuous; some of the second-year fifth formers (this was the 1950s: score

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Poem — C K Stead

The rower   Did grandfather Stead (she wants to know) row for Oxford or Cambridge – or (as sometimes asserted) for one then the other? These claims for him I long ago dismissed but she’s heard there’s a pewter mug

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Gold dust in the goose bath, Harry Ricketts

The Goose Bath: Poems Janet Frame (ed Pamela Gordon, Denis Harold and Bill Manhire) Vintage, $39.99, ISBN 1869417658 How The Goose Bath acquired its title is a good story and a characteristic one. The bath itself, as Frame’s niece Pamela

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It was hell, Gavin McLean

Diary of a Kiwi Soldier in World War II Cecil Coughlan (ed Garrie Coughlan) Reed, $19.99, ISBN 1007900104X No Better Death: The Great War Diaries and Letters of William G Malone ed John Crawford (with Peter Cooke) Reed, $49.99, ISBN

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Not quite Camelot, Simon Upton

For the Record: Lange and the Fourth Labour Government ed Margaret Clark Dunmore Publishing, $34.95, ISBN 1877399108 The hold-a-conference, publish-a-book industry continues in full swing with the appearance of For the Record: Lange and the Fourth Labour Government. This volume,

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Poem — Elizabeth Smither

Carol’s eggs   Each girl child contains her eggs. Carol keeps under her bed one dozen in a carton, safe from plundering friends and flatmates. Eggs make a meal, a girl is eggs. Poached or scrambled, eggs are quick. In

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Earshot rules, Nelson Wattie

Languages of New Zealand ed Allan Bell, Ray Harlow and Donna Starks Victoria University Press, $49.95, ISBN 0864734905 When I returned to New Zealand in 1989 after a quarter-century in Europe, I was naturally curious about how European languages fared

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Tousled and tart, Emma Neale

London Notebook  Mark Pirie Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, $24.95, ISBN 1869420586 Wild Daisies: The Best of Bub Bridger  Bub Bridger Mallinson Rendel, $34.95, ISBN 0908783973 Your Secret Life  Harry Ricketts HeadworX, $24.99, ISBN 0476101300 Presenting Pirie’s new collection as

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Picture books, the cunning genre, Norman Bilbrough

Papa’s Island Melanie Drewery, illustrations Fifi Colston Reed, $16.99, ISBN 1869485947 Nobody’s Dog Jennifer Beck, illustrations Lindy Fisher Scholastic, $16.99, ISBN 1869437284 Haere – Farewell, Jack, Farewell Tim Tipene, illustrations Huhana Smith Huia, $16.99, ISBN 1869691040 Uncle Jack Kate De

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