Yearly Archives: 2001

Screw on the loose, Greg Newbold

The Journey to Prison: Who Goes and Why Celia Lashlie HarperCollins, $34.95, ISBN 186950433X Over the last few years, Celia (“Ces”) Lashlie, through her outspoken and sometimes controversial rhetoric, has become a well-known and popular speaker on criminal justice issues…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review, Sociology

Pulling no punches, Sue Court

Music in New Zealand: A Reader from the 1940s ed Allan Thomas University of Canterbury School of Music, $25, ISBN 090871808X What does an anthology of source readings, soberly titled Music in New Zealand: A Reader from the 1940s have…
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Posted in History, Music, Non-fiction, Review

Running away to sea, Redmer Yska

Swirly World: the solo voyages Andrew Fagan HarperCollins, $29.95, ISBN 186590402X Wet Behind the Ears: adventures of a runaway sailor Peter Taylor HarperCollins, $24.95, ISBN 1869504003 With the sea breathing down their necks, New Zealanders are drawn more than most…
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Posted in Memoir, Non-fiction, Review

Mating rituals, Jock Phillips

Mates  text by Jim Hopkins, photos by Julie Riley HarperCollins, $29.95, ISBN 1869503678   Telephone rings. S.Nag:  Hullo. Sam here. B.Loke:  Gidday, mate. Brucey here. How about coming down to the pub to watch the footie on the big screen?…
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Paradise preserved? Simon Upton

Pavlova Paradise Revisited Austin Mitchell Penguin, $27.95, ISBN 0143018264 For those old enough to remember it, The Half-Gallon Quarter-Acre Pavlova Paradise was a funny, disrespectful but good-natured account of what it felt like to be a clever, progressive Left Brit…
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Words for music perhaps, Nick Bollinger

Love This Life: Lyrics 1978-2001 Neil Finn Allen & Unwin, $35.00, ISBN 1865085081 Lyrics without melody Mahinarangi Tocker Street Women Press, $19.95, ISBN 0473074427 I have always been a passionate pop fan, but never a great lover of the printed…
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Posted in Literature, Music, Non-fiction, Poetry, Review

Memory and practice, James Ritchie

Ko Tahu, Ko Au: Kai Tahu Tribal Identity Hana O’Regan Horomaka Publishing, $29.95, ISBN 0473079518 In their long journeys into time, the cultures of Polynesia were refined, renewed and developed in their contents and characters not by conscious effort but…
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Posted in Māori, Non-fiction, Review

The courtyard jungle, Kerry Carman

Life (and death) in a Small City Garden Philippa Swan Godwit, $24.95, ISBN 1869620798 In the vast and varied field of literature, gardens and writing are a classic pairing. Well-told stories of personal experience are few and far between, grist…
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Posted in Autobiography, Non-fiction, Review

Empty vessel, Gavin McLean

Joyita: Solving the Mystery David G Wright Auckland University Press, $29.95, ISBN 1869402707 It was a recurring image in New Zealand and Pacific newspapers and magazines 40 to 50 years ago: the waterlogged hull of the old Islands trader Joyita,…
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Posted in Memoir, Non-fiction, Review

Out of the picture, Lydia Wevers

Lady Travellers: The Tourists of Early New Zealand  Bee Dawson Penguin Books, $39.95, ISBN 0141004150 Lady Travellers is a successor to Bee Dawson’s Lady Painters, which appeared in 1999, and makes me wonder if there’s a series planned – Lady…
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Posted in Gender, History, Non-fiction, Review
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