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Issue 03 Spring 1991

  Volume 1 | Number 3 | Issue 3 | Autumn 1991 J M Thomson: “Looking forward” Les Cleveland: Paul Freyberg, Bernard Freyberg VC, Soldier of Two Nations Juliet Rowe: Pauline O’Regan, Aunts and Windmills; May Davis, May Elric Hooper: …
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Scorching scrutiny, Roger Robinson

The Burning Boy Maurice Gee Viking, Auckland, 1990, $39.95 The Burning Boy does for Nelson what Bonfire of the Vanities did for New York. It submits, that is, a community to scorching scrutiny. It constructs a narrative form exactly appropriate…
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Double lives, Sarah Sandley

Double Lives Heather Murray University of Otago Press, Dunedin, 1990, $29.95 Heather Murray wonders why Katherine Mansfield does not allow her fictional characters to lead the kind of ‘modern’, independent and rebellious life that Mansfield herself is supposed to have…
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Myth-busting, Harry Ricketts

The Penguin History of New Zealand Literature Penguin Books Auckland, 1990, $24.95 ‘The story of New Zealand literature is a chapter of accidents,’ declares Patrick Evans in the introduction to his History of New Zealand Literature. ‘It is the provisional…
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On the road, Kevin Ireland

The Car in New Zealand Graham Hawkes G P Books, Wellington, 1990, $49.95 Cars in particular, and machinery in general, have not featured in New Zealand novels in the way that they have so importantly served American, Australian and English…
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Waves and ripples, Melanie Nolan

The Oxford Illustrated History of New Zealand Keith Sinclair (ed), Oxford University Press, 1990, $59.95 The People and The Land. Te Tangata Me Te Whenua Judith Bassett, Judith Binney, Erik Olssen Allen and Unwin/ Port Nicholson Press, Wellington, 1990, $59.95…
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What about the workers? A historical view, John Roberts

The Forgotten Worker: The Rural Wage Worker in Nineteenth Century New Zealand  John E Martin, Allen and Unwin/Trade Union History Project, Wellington, 1990, $35.95 New Zealand Working People 1890-1990 Stevan Eldred-Grigg Dunmore Press, Palmerston North, 1990, $34.95   Nuclear Free:…
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Editorial — Issue 1

J M Thomson: Books in society   Over the past decade New Zealand books have increasingly won international renown. Books are one of our chief cultural assets however undervalued they may be by economic policy makers. This publication appears at…
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Issue 01 Autumn 1991

  Volume 1 | Number 1 | Issue 1 | Autumn 1991  Editorial, J M Thomson: “Books in society” John Roberts: John E Martin, The Forgotten Worker – The Rural Wage Worker in Nineteenth Century New Zealand; Stevan Eldred-Grigg, New…
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Disillusionment and disapprobation, Rod Alley

Changes? The 1990 Election Colin James and Alan McRobie Allen and Unwin, Wellington, 1990, $24.95 Publication of one of the first books on the 1990 election gives Rod Alley an opportunity to question what he calls our ‘system of electoral…
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