Yearly Archives: 1993

Who buys? Nigel Cox

Mountains of the South John Gordon and John Rundle, Random Century, $49.95 There was a time when big “glossies” were of real significance to the book trade. Large-format pictorials with high production values which showed beautiful New Zealand at its…
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A major Australasian critic, Charles Ferrall

Patrick White Mark Williams, Macmillan, 1993, $45.95 During the early 1960s Patrick White wrote an admiring letter to Janet Frame; she replied 22 years later. The Tasman is often wider than it looks, but this belies some more direct correspondences…
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Posted in Biography, Non-fiction, Review

Collecting and classifying, Charlotte Macdonald

The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography Volume Two 1870‑1900, Bridget Williams Books/ Department of Internal Affairs, $130.00 Te Timatanga ‑ Tatau Tatau: Early Stories from Founding Members of the Maori Women’s Welfare League, Maori Women’s Welfare League/ Bridget Williams Books,…
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Posted in Biography, History, Māori, Non-fiction, Review

Arnoldian seriousness, too, William Renwick

Gadfly: The Life and Times of James Shelley Ian Carter, Auckland University Press, $39.95 Many who know him thought that Professor James Shelley was the most unforgettable man they had ever known. Gwen Somerset recalled him as a comet lighting…
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Tom Larkin: A special time and special people

Undiplomatic Dialogue: Letters between Carl Berendsen and Alister McIntosh, 1943-52 Ian McGibbon (ed), Auckland University Press in Association with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Historical Branch of the Department of Internal Affairs, $29.95 When Sir Carl…
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Posted in Lecture, Non-fiction, Review

Prescription or poison, Brian Easton

New Zealand Can be Different and Better Wolfgang Rosenberg, New Zealand Monthly Review Society Those who wish to challenge Wolfgang Rosenberg’s policy prescriptions must confront the outstanding performance of the New Zealand economy in the first part of the postwar…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review

Finishing us off, Margaret Clark

Unfinished Business Roger Douglas, Random House, $29.95 The Tragedy of the Market Mike O’Brien and Chris Wilkes, Dunmore Publishing, $27.95 I remember the first time I set eyes on David Lange. The then recently elected member for Mangere had long,…
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An aberrant strain, Denis Welch

Top of the Greasy Pole Neale McMillan, McIndoe, $29.95 The record of political leadership in New Zealand is not inspiring. Out of 37 Premiers and Prime Ministers since 1854 only two could be called outstanding, rather than merely memorable. There…
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Embers of hope, W H Oliver

Sir Joseph Ward: A Political Biography Michael Bassett, Auckland University Press, 1993, $39.95 There is a paradox in the 6 November election. Voters objecting to the trend of the past 10 years toward less and weaker government have, in their…
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Amidst the bric-à-brac, Harvey McQueen

Writing a New Country:  A collection of essays presented to E H McCormick in his 88th year James Ross, Linda Gill and Stuart McRae (eds), privately published, James Ross, 495 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland Of Pavlova, Poetry and Paradigms:…
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Posted in Essays, Literature, Review
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