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Comprehensive, practical and well‑informed, Barbara Mabbett

School Textbooks published in New Zealand to 1960 Hugh Price, Dunmore Press with Gondwanaland Press, $33 In introducing this bibliography, Hugh Price modestly invites us to recognise the ‘good case’ for adding educational book publishers, to the teacher-student, relationship that…
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Posted in Education, Non-fiction, Review

Undoubted achievements, Ivan Snook

The Biography of an Idea: Beeby on Education, C E Beeby, NZCER, $39.00 Pbk, $49.00 Hbk The Beeby Fascicles, G McDonald and R Benton (eds), Te Aro Press, $45.00 For over twenty years, from 1939 to 1960, C E Beeby…
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Posted in Autobiography, Biography, Non-fiction, Review

Conversations on sexuality, Elisabeth McDonald

The Women’s Studies Journal, Vol 8, No 2, 1992, The Women’s Studies Association of New Zealand, $9.95 Ten years ago Catherine MacKinnon announced in Signs that sexuality is the linchpin of gender inequality. This issue of the Women’s Studies Journal …
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Posted in Gender, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

A wealth of incident and language, Harry Orsman

A Fence around the Cuckoo  Ruth Park, Viking, $49.95 Ruth Park’s success has come as a surprise to many New Zealanders, and raises questions about how we regard our expatriate writers, or rather how we define them. She counts as…
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A wide-ranging collection, Ivanica Vodanovich

The Gender Factor: Women in NZ Organisations Suzann Olsson (ed), Dunmore Press, $39.95 A focus on gender, one of the major contributions of feminist research, shifts the emphasis from biology to culture, from a perspective that sees the organisation of…
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Posted in Gender, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Books against totalitarianism, Diane Hebley

The Conjuror Jack Lasenby, Oxford University Press, $24.95 Winter of Fire Sherryl Jordan, Ashton Scholastic, $17.95 The abuse of power in society – how it is maintained by violence, superstition, and lies – is a major indictment of these two…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review, Young adults

Publisher Profiles 6, Rawhiti Press, Rachel Lawson

‘Out where I live, the hills rise steep and harsh from the sea, but on some evenings they seem to light up from within, and the gullies soften and overflow with shadows, blue against the yellow’ – from The Australian…
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Posted in Imprints

Women detecting, Margaret Scott

Murder at the Brian Boru Joan Druett, Harper Collins, $19.95 Backtrack Carol Dawber, River Press, $16.95 These two books have some similarities but more, and greater, differences. Both are murder mysteries set in New Zealand with a woman observer/ solver.…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review

Kei Te Mātāwai Te Tikanga, Charles Royal

Te Mātāwai, Nā Hepora Young o Te Arawā ēnei pukapuka i whakahaere Hepora Young Tuatahi: Te Tira Ahu Iwi/ Daphne Brasell Associates, $12.95, Tuarua: Te Tira Ahu Iwi/ Huia, $14.95, Tuatoru: Te Puni Kōkiri/ Huia, $14.95, Tuawhā: Te Puni Kōkiri/…
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Posted in Language, Māori, Non-fiction, Review

Modernist genius or drunken lecher? Michael Morrissey

Lethal Dose Mike Johnson, Hard Echo Press, $27.95 While official feminism may be liberating and strengthening women, it is having an unfortunate effect on male writers, artists and intellectuals. Many males now cravenly play to the feminist ears and eyes…
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