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Rough around the edges, Phil Kawana

Camilla Vanilla  Nick Hyde Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1869414519 The Gospel @ccording to Cole  Rhonda Bartle Cape Catley, $24.95, ISBN 0908561830 A good cover should draw you towards a book, and the covers of both these novels do just that. The

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Werewolf beneath the tweed, Barbara Else

Time for a Killing  Shonagh Koea Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1869414659 Over the last few years, I’ve declined invitations to review New Zealand books for two reasons. First, the local world of writing and publishing is very small. If you don’t

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Robber barons, worker rebels, Gavin McLean

British Capital, Antipodean Labour: Working the New Zealand Waterfront 1915-1951 Anna Green Otago University Press, $39.95, ISBN 187713399X A few weeks ago, a retired port agency manager asked  me who was “this Anna Green lady” and did I know anything

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Poem — Jo Thorpe

The Tate Modern (found in Time magazine) As power stations go, Bankside was a looker a hulking lunker with tapering chimney and squat symmetry enhanced by groups of windows striping its entire height. Also, it has size – which modern

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Keyboard practice, C K Stead

C K Stead takes a new look at Janet Frame’s The Pocket Mirror. Janet Frame’s The Pocket Mirror (published by Braziller in New York in 1967 and here by Pegasus in 1968) has the appearance, not of a nervous first

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Bugger the box-office, Laurie Atkinson

The Little Theatre: golden years of the New Zealand stage Glyn Strange Clerestory Press, $45.00, ISBN 0958370699 A Theatre in the House: The Careys’ Globe Rosalie Carey Otago University Press, $34.95, ISBN 1877133663 If British theatre, as Richard Eyre and Nicholas

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“Life in one’s mouth”, Peter Bland

Louis Johnson: Selected Poems ed Terry Sturm Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 086473350X There’s a short poem by Louis Johnson which I’ve always admired. It’s called “Intemperance” and it tells us a lot in a very short space, both about

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Elsie Locke, Hugh Laracy

Elsie Locke (1912-2001) History-writing properly done is a complicated business, calling in varying measures and forms for effort, skill and artistry. It requires diligent research to gather the factual raw material. It requires subtlety to assemble the shards of information

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Variations on the familiar, Lawrence Jones

Ellie and the Shadow Man  Maurice Gee Penguin Books, $34.95, ISBN 0141004177 Responses to Maurice Gee’s Ellie and the Shadow Man, his fourteenth adult novel and his twenty-sixth book, will probably vary between the extremes marked by two of my

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Editorial – Issue 49

Two cheers for biography Biography doesn’t always get a good press. It has been Said to have “added a new terror to death”, while Oscar Wilde remarked that “[e]very great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is always Judas

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