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Great expectations, John McCrystal

The Dream of Nikau Jam  Peter Hawes Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1 86941 421 7 The Craymore Affair Kevin Ireland Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1 86941 426 8 One of the great fears among actors is being typecast, bound up in the…
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Patchwork, Deborah Montgomerie

Fragments: New Zealand Social and Cultural History  ed Bronwyn Dalley and Bronwyn Labrum Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1 86940 185 9 Fragments bills itself as a step towards a Brave New World of sophisticated histories of New Zealand life,…
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Sporting chances, Russell Marshall

Sport, Society and Culture ed Brad Patterson Stout Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington, $24.95, ISBN 0 473 06403 0   It is extraordinary, to say the least, that sport and academe in New Zealand have squared off against each…
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Editorial — Issue 45

Annus mirabilis for poetry This issue includes reviews of collections by five of our major poets – Lauris Edmond, Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, C K Stead, Jenny Bornholdt and Andrew Johnston. While this might seem an unusually generous allocation, in…
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Horse whispering, Joan de Hamel

Shadrach Girl Joy Cowley Puffin, $15.95, ISBN 0 14 130899 0 On my eighth birthday I was given a book from a French friend of my parents. It was beautifully bound in pink, with gold lettering, a French children’s classic…
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Myths and statistics, Bernard Robertson

Crime in New Zealand Greg Newbold Dunmore Press, $34.95, ISBN 1 86469 348 6 This is only the second proper survey and consideration of criminal statistics in New Zealand, the first being Crime and Deviance published in 1992 by the…
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More than kisses, Chris Hobley

Posted Love: New Zealand love letters Sophie Jerram Penguin, $24.95, ISBN 0 14 029010 9 In March 1888, James Crooks left Wanganui on the 300-mile walk back to his home in Petone, hoping to pick up odd jobs so as…
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Letters — Issue 45

Untwisting Lyotard Peter Munz’s letter and recent review of my jointly authored book with Peter Roberts, University Futures and the Politics of Reform in New Zealand, in the August issue, both suffer from the intemperate criticisms and personal obsessions that…
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Pome — Emma Neale

Owl-glass   The first time, the eye spies a spy-glass: owl-glass a till now unheard word: thick spectacles, monocle, binoculars to track nocturnal birds? Or a barometer that measures owl-weather? Dusky, silt-blue, cool, without night the feel of night, the…
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Issue 45 Autumn 1999

  Volume 9 | Number 1 | Issue 45 | Autumn 1999 Vincent O’Sullivan: Michael King, Wrestling with the Angel: a life of Janet Frame Christopher Harris: “Unflagging efforts” (poem) Editorial Correspondence John O’Connor: Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, Gallipoli &…
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