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Shorter reviews, Gavin McLean

Worlds of Katherine Mansfield Harry Ricketts (ed), Nagare Press, Palmerston North, 1991 The last decade’s avalanche of books on Katherine Mansfield and her work makes this slim collection of essays timely, even necessary. Acknowledging that Mansfield has ‘become an industry’,…
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Issue 04 Autumn 1992

  Volume 1 | Number 4 | Issue 4 | March 1992 Editorial, March 1992 Letters, March 1992 Shelagh Duckham Cox: Charlotte Macdonald, Merimeri Penfold, Bridget Williams (eds), The Book of New Zealand Women: Ko Kui Ma Te Kaupapa A…
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A 12 year old’s viewpoint, Nicola Chilton

Fabulous and Familiar: Children’s reading in New Zealand past and present Mary Atwool and others, Exhibition and Catalogue, National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, 1991, $24.75 Books for Life Susan Price, The Gondwanaland Press, Wellington, 1991, $12 My Mum took…
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Rare and valuable flowers, Adrian Kiernander

He Reo Hou: 5 Plays by Maori Playwrights Playmarket, Wellington, 1991, $25.30 E nga rangatira, teena koutou, teena koutou, teena koutou, e nga mate, haere, haere, haere, e nga iwi katoa, teena koutou, teena koutou, teena koutou. What are my…
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An admirable thematic approach, Mark Stocker

A Concise History of New Zealand Painting  Michael Dunn, David Bateman, Auckland, 1991, $89.95 A history of New Zealand painting written by a scholar is well overdue. Michael Dunn, longtime Senior Lecturer in Art History at the University of Auckland,…
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The true sexual and racial violence of (post-)colonial history, Judith Dale

Jeannie Once  Renée, Victoria University Press, Wellington, 1991, $12.95 Broken Arse Bruce Stewart, Victoria University Press, 1991, $12.95 With these, the latest in the 31-title series, New Zealand Play-scripts, is indicated the extending range of published drama. The comedic and…
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The legacies of history, B J Poff

Te Waimana, The Spring of Mana: Tuhoe History and the Colonial Encounter Jeffrey Sissons, Otago University Press, Dunedin, 1991, $39.95 Kinds of Peace: Maori People After the Wars, 1870-85 Sir Keith Sinclair, Auckland University Press, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 Unsung Hero:…
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Posted in Biography, History, Māori, Non-fiction, Review

Brass plaque smashing? Barbara Duke

Subversive Acts: New Writing by New Zealand Women Cathie Dunsford (ed), Penguin Books, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 To call an anthology of short stories Subversive Acts and to begin the introduction with the assertion ‘Writing is a subversive act. It is…
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A new young voice, Kirsty Cochrane

The Kite Ron Bacon and Kelvin Hawley, Hodder & Stoughton, Auckland, 1991, $10.95 Out Walked Mel Paula Boock, John McIndoe, Dunedin, 1991, $16.95 A picture-book format, and a story that doesn’t quite match: which could be a short-story for slightly…
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The intensity of departures from home, Emma Neale

The City Far from Home Margaret Sutherland, Hodder & Stoughton (Sceptre), Auckland, 1991, $19.95 The ‘City’ in the title of Sutherland’s collection of short stories takes on various forms: an island village in Fiji, or mentions of travel to locations…
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