Yearly Archives: 1999

The traffic in perceptions, Janet Hughes

Talking Pictures: Selected Poems Riemke Ensing HeadworX, $26.95, ISBN 0473068044 The cover of Riemke Ensing’s latest collection sends mixed typographic signals. You read Selected Poems first, at the top; but it’s in italic, and grey, so it defers to the

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The thinking person’s romance, Dennis McEldowney

The Beetle in the Box: a love story Chris Else Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1869414527 Anyone who has sat on the selection panel for a writer’s fellowship knows that the worst thing applicants can do is include a bald précis of

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Shadow lines, Lewis Scott

The Better Part Meg Campbell Hazard Press, $21.95, ISBN 1877161276 Postscripts J C Sturm Steele Roberts, $19.95, ISBN 1877228354 It would be remiss of this reviewer not to note that these two women poets, who have their own growing reputations,

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The inside story, Stuart Murray

Where’s Waari? A History of the Maori through the Short Story ed Witi Ihimaera Reed Publishing, $29.95, ISBN 0790007355 “Here then are 28 stories,” writes Witi Ihimaera in his introduction to this anthology, “– 28 scenes if you like – covering

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Extraordinary eyes, Vivienne Jepsen

Love in the Land of Midas Kapka Kassabova Penguin, $29.95, ISBN 0140298797 I have to say, at the outset, that I enjoyed reading Kapka Kassabova’s second novel. It’s a good story, told in such a way as to keep the

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Not a hot Friday, Denis Welch

Morrieson’s Motel ed Gordon McLauchlan Tandem Press, $24.95, ISBN 1877178721 Well, it probably seemed like a good idea at the time. In fact, we know that it did, because Gordon McLauchlan tells us so. In the introduction to Morrieson’s Motel

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Story time, Ian Richards

City of Reeds  Tina Shaw Penguin Books, $24.95, ISBN 014029791X City of Reeds, Tina Shaw’s third novel, is a large and accomplished work. It’s an example of a relatively new departure in New Zealand fiction: the story-telling novel. This sort

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Laying ghost, Laura Kroetsch

Haunt Bronwyn Bannister Otago University Press, $24.95, ISBN 1877133841 Between Black and White Eirlys Hunter Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1869414284 I find that when reading a first novel I often flick to the little publisher logo on the spine. I acknowledge

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Turning the pages, Keith Maslen

A Book in the Hand: Essays on the History of the Book in New Zealand ed Penny Griffith, Peter Hughes and Alan Loney Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1869402316 These fifteen essays, based on papers given at the first New

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Generous to a fault, Jane Stafford

New Zealand Love Poems ed Lauris Edmond Oxford University Press, $45.00, ISBN 0195583981 Posthumous volumes invite a certain kind of reading, a feeling that, as this is the last time we will speak to the author, they are addressing us

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