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Obituary — Andrew Mason

Andrew Mason 1950-2009 Writer, editor and literary figure Andrew Mason died in Wellington on 11 January 2009. He was probably best known as literary editor of the New Zealand Listener, a position he held from 1981-1991, during the magazine’s heyday.…
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Call me “Sir”, Nicholas Reid

Henry Cooper of Auckland Grammar School  Andrew Mason David Ling Publishing (in association with Auckland Grammar School Old Boys’ Association), $49.95, ISBN 1877378038 Personal confession and declaration of interest. I began my 25 years as a secondary-school teacher with a…
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Crazy richness shaped with formality, Peter Crisp

Vital Writing 3. New Zealand Stories and Poems, 1991‑92 Andrew Mason (ed), Godwit, $29.95 Anti-criticism, for a meta-critical occasion. It is 1993. The cards are nearly all on the table … A deep breath … Changing motifs in speech, changes…
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The Yanks in New Zealand, Andrew Mason

Brief Encounter Jock Phillips, Historical Branch, Department of Internal Affairs, $29.95 United States Forces in New Zealand 1942-45 Denys Bevan, self-published, Kakanui Post Shop, $39.95 The Yanks Are Coming Harry Bioletti, Century Hutchinson, 1989, out of print It is fifty…
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Two lively collections, Charles Croot

Soho Square IV Bill Manhire (ed), Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, 1991, $39.95 Vital Writing 2, New Zealand Stories and Poems 1990-1 Andrew Mason (ed), Godwit, Auckland, 1991, $29.95 Soho Square has developed a formula of lively writing from all over…
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Determined industry? Andrew Mason

Foreigners Mike Johnson, Penguin, Auckland, 1991, $19.95 Distortions John Connor, Reed Books, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 Man with Two Arms and other Stories Norman Bilbrough, Vintage, Auckland, 1991, $19.95 The Lie of the Land Michael Henderson, John McIndoe, Dunedin, 1991, $19.95…
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Autobiography of grace and clarity, Andrew Mason

Bonfires in the Rain Lauris Edmond Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, 1991, $27.95 In outline, the story Lauris Edmond has to tell in this, her second volume of autobiography, would be typical of many New Zealand women who married about the…
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Doors into recent fiction, Nelson Wattie

Vital Writing 1: New Zealand Stories & Poems, 1989-1990 Andrew Mason (ed), Godwit, Auckland, 1990, $29.95 Closing the File and Other Stories: American Express Short Story Award Winners, 1984-89, Godwit, Auckland, 1990, $24.95 New Zealand publishers love anthologies, presumably because…
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