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Superb reconstruction, Janet Wilson

Glamour and the Sea Elizabeth Knox Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0 86473 305 4  The cover is a racy, blown-up photograph of three youths with the unmistakeable look of an earlier generation; to the fore is the author’s father,…
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Contributing to the debate

New Zealand Books is highly valued by its readers for its serious approach to reviewing and its contribution to the debate in our society about the way our culture develops through its literature in the broadest sense. And those readers…
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The luck was all ours, Mac Jackson

An Absurd Ambition: Autobiographical Writings E H McCormick ed Dennis McEldowney Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1 86940 156 5 There were giants on the earth in those days” and we follow their footsteps with awe. When writing a chapter…
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Affirming lucidity — Edmond’s ‘wisdom poetry’, Ken Arvidson

A Matter of Timing  Lauris Edmond Auckland University Press, $19.95, ISBN 1 86940 140 9 In A Matter of Timing, Lauris Edmond’s first collection of new poems since the 1988 volume Summer Near the Arctic Circle, we find new depths…
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Letters — Issue 25

More formal genre Heather Murray is mistaken in thinking the journals (The Journal Box) are edited from entries resembling diary entries. They were deliberately conceived as journals, a somewhat more formal genre, and not edited at all, apart from the…
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Balm for TV’s dissolution, David Eggleton

Lands and Deeds Gregory O’Brien Godwit Press, $59.95, ISBN 0 908877 68 4 Timeless Land Graham Sydney, Brian Turner and Owen Marshall Longacre Press, $99.95, ISBN 0 9583405 5 2 100 New Zealand Paintings Warwick Brown Godwit Press, $75.00, ISBN…
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Issue 25, Autumn 1996

Volume 6 | Number 4 | Issue 25 | October 1996   David Caygill: Why do we leave so much to the centre? Ken Arvidson: Lauris Edmond’s positive declaration J G A Pocock: Te Kooti and the making of a…
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All the poorer for it, Colin James

Income Distribution in New Zealand George Barker Institute of Policy Studies, $24.00, ISBN 0 908935 09 9 Too Right Mate Bernard Gadd, John O’Connor, Anna Tarm Hallard Press, no price, ISBN 0 86477 041 3 Ministers and Members in the…
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How many cultures make a culture? Mark Williams

Australians have been encouraged over the last decade to identify their economic destiny with Asia. Their last Prime Minister even had a habit of pointing to maps and proclaiming that Australia was part of Asia. The cultural and economic redirections…
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Rich and troubling paradox, Vincent O’Sullivan

A Fighting Withdrawal: the life of Dan Davin Keith Ovenden Oxford University Press, $59.95, ISBN 0 19 212355 1 Even before this careful and stylish biography came out,to think of Dan Davin was to conjure a rich and in some…
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