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Revision and revisionism, Philip Temple

Mr Explorer Douglas John Pascoe’s New Zealand classic revised by Graham Langton Canterbury University Press, $39.95, ISBN 0 908812 95 7 For bushmen, trampers and mountaineers, the exploits and writings of 19th century explorer Charlie Douglas have become folkloric. Enduring…
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A breath of fresh sound, Harvey McQueen

Birds of Europe Andrew Johnston Victoria University Press, $19.95, ISBN 0 86473 386 0 These Days Jenny Bornholdt Victoria University Press, $19.95, ISBN 0 86473 385 2   Delacroix remarked that to be a poet when one is twenty is…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

The (naive) Kiwi abroad, Tina Shaw

Allons Enfants Linda Burgess Longacre Press, $24.95, ISBN 1 877135 43 7 Seasons in Tuscany Allan Parker Penguin, $24.95, ISBN 0 14 029441 4 Travel writing’s a fairly new genre for New Zealanders. James MeNeish did well with Sicily; Jean…
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Posted in Memoir, Non-fiction, Review

Likely stories, Norman Bilbrough

Being a writer requires three essentials. In rough proportion they are 90% determination (in other words, hard work), 8% talent (which includes imagination), and 2% luck. I suspect that those who think that creative writing classes are pointless would see…
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She made a good end, Roger Robinson

Late Song Lauris Edmond Auckland University Press, $19.95, ISBN 1 86940 235 9 The obsequies are over, the elegies written, and we reluctantly begin to think of Wellington without her. Seven months after a death that caused more public grief…
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“A definitive affirmative”, Paula Boock

Just Looking, Thanks David Hill Penguin, $14.95, ISBN 0 14 130681 5 Time Out David Hill Mallinson Rendell, $14.95, ISBN 0 908783 43 4 Boots ‘n’ All David Hill Scholastic, $11.95, ISBN 1 86943 395 5 Impact David Hill Penguin,…
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Posted in Children, Fiction, Literature, Review, Young adults

“Better to tell it all”, Vincent O’Sullivan

Wrestling with the Angel: a life of Janet Frame  Michael King Viking, $49.95, ISBN 0 670 89371 4   Penguin Books knew they were onto what commerce knows as “a good thing” when they took on the publication they now…
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Climbing Mount Curnow, Hugh Roberts

Journal of New Zealand Literature 15 Department of English, University of Otago, $20.00, ISSN 0112 1227 In 1996, the Association of New Zealand Literature held a conference with the announced theme of “Curnow, Caxton, and the Canon”. The Journal of…
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Thank God for Harvey, Helen Beaglehole

Window Licking in the City of Love  Jennifer Maxwell Flamingo, $24.95, ISBN 4 86950 348 X Table at Sunset Lodge Vonnie Alexander Quoin Press, $24.95, ISBN 1 877163 25 2 Butterfly Mind Gwyneth Perry Bookcaster Press, $20.00, ISBN 0 473…
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“The book? This is people.” Jane Stafford

Jean Devanny: Romantic Revolutionary  Carole Ferrier Melbourne University Press, $71.95, ISBN 0 522 84847 8   Faced with the duty of celebrating the new millennium adequately, most New Zealanders saw the challenge in terms of geographical location. Where to be…
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