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Essay – Iain Sharp

Iain Sharp: Letter from Auckland: Son of Landfall At the time of writing, it’s in the midst of a closing-down sale, like much of Auckland, but for the last couple of years there has been a music shop on the…
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A new frame of reference, Tony Simpson

Frontier New Zealand: The Search for Eldorado 1800-1920 Duncan Mackay, Harper Collins, $34.95   The besetting sin of historical writing is hindsightism.  That is to say, the creation of the illusion that because we have arrived at today’s destination then…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review

The sacred fish, Norman Bilbrough

Norman Bilbrough looks at some short fiction currently available – and sorts the big from the small. Motel View Forbes Williams, Victoria University Press, $19.95 Animal Passions Sheridan Keith, New Women’s Press, $24.95 Just Like You Said It Would Be…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review, Short stories

Near tears, Brian Easton

New Territory: the Transformation of New Zealand 1984-1992   Colin James, Bridget Williams Books, $29.95 The cognoscente will first turn to chapter 15’s footnote 25, one of the longest in the book, where the author claims that Bruce Jesson misrepresents his…
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The strengths and pleasures of local history, Russell Stone

A Pastoral Kingdom Divided: Cheviot 1889-94,  W J Gardner, Bridget Williams Books, $45 Without a doubt, the much-publicised success of the land policies of the great Liberal party of the 1890s, of which the very essence was the subdivision and…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review

Letters – Issue 8

Tribute to Muriel Bradshaw Some years ago while collecting material for what became the Oxford History of New Zealand Music I visited Muriel Bradshaw in Christchurch. She was the widow of the formidable Dr J C Bradshaw, first Professor of…
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One of our more adequate politicians? Jerry Mushin

Fighting for New Zealand: New Zealand in the 21st Century Mike Moore, MMSC Ltd, $19.95 Recent experience in New Zealand confirms that the first goal of all politicians in a democratic system is to win the next election, and here…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review

Firmly anchored in the past, Tony Simpson

The Oxford History of New Zealand  G W Rice (ed),  (2nd Edition), Oxford University Press, $59.95 When, in 1973, Professor J G A Pocock delivered his J C Beaglehole Memorial Lecture on British History to the New Zealand Historical Association…
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Issue 8 | March 1993

  Volume 2 | Number 4 | Issue 8 | March 1993 Editorial Letters Norman Bilbrough: Forbes Williams, Motel View; Sheridan Keith, Animal Passions; Bernard Gadd, Just Like You Said It Would Be; Peter Entwisle, Elaine and other stories; Vincent…
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Miscellany: Short reviews, Dale Williams

Godwits Return, Margaret Clark (ed), Bridget Williams Books, $29.95 New Zealanders are a restless lot – the more job training we get, the more likely we are to pack up and swim in bigger ponds overseas. Sometimes we come back.…
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Posted in Art, Natural History, Non-fiction, Pacific, Review, Sociology
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