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Moments of invention, Bill Sewell

The Stepmother Tree James McNaughton Darius Press, $14.95, ISBN 0473078244 I don’t think there is such a thing as a “stepmother tree”.  My Shorter Oxford hasn’t heard of it anyway. But if a stepmother tree has never existed, then perhaps…
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Cultivating their own garden, Harvey McQueen

Dialectic of Mud  Richard Reeve Auckland University Press, $19.95, ISBN 869402529 The Whole Forest  Nick Williamson Sudden Valley Press, $16.95, ISBN 095820912X Abstract Internal Furniture Helen Rickerby HeadworX, $19.95, ISBN 0473078570 Most New Zealand poetry is a private garden. The…
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Argument without end, Michael King

The Shaping of History: Essays from The New Zealand Journal of History ed Judith Binney Bridget Williams Books, $49.95, ISBN 1877242179 Histories, Power and Loss: Uses of the Past – a New Zealand Commentary ed Andrew Sharp and Paul McHugh…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

The grit and the grog, Gerry Evans

Crew Culture: New Zealand Seafarers under Sail and Steam Neil Atkinson Te Papa Press, $39.95, ISBN 0909010818 An Errand of Mercy: Captain Jacob Eckhoff and the loss of the Kakanui Redmer Yska Banshee Books, $29.95, ISBN 0473076993 “For more than…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review

Stirring lilacs, Norman Bilbrough

The Secret History of Modernism C K Stead Harvill Press, $29.95, ISBN 1864069418 Usually I find it a pleasure to read my way into  C K Stead’s particular world; to encounter the consciousness beneath – and attached to – the…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review

Issue 53 Autumn 2001

  Volume 11 | Number 1 | Issue 53 | Autumn 2001 Anne French: Lauris Edmond, An Autobiography; Selected Poems 1975-2000 Editorial Peter Wells: Dennis McEldowney, The World Regained; Vanya Lowry, From the Wisteria Bush Louise White: “Rituals” (poem) Nicholas…
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The hollow society and its fillers, Ruth Butterworth

The Nationbuilders Brian Easton Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 186940260X Economic history is not much taught, written or researched in New Zealand. It seems to be the poor relation in university economics departments, losing out to the pedlars of doctrine…
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High-flying hubris, Terry Hall

Battle of the Titans: Sir Ronald Trotter, Hugh Fletcher and the Rise and Fall of Fletcher Challenge Bruce Wallace Penguin, $34.95, ISBN 014100472X Bruce Wallace was in an excellent position to write a book that exhaustively chronicles the history of…
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Talking Toss Woollaston, Gregory O’Brien

Toss Woollaston in conversation with Gregory O’Brien I visited Toss Woollaston at Upper Moutere in September 1994 and over two days recorded two-and-a-half hours of conversation with him. During my stay, the talk ranged widely, with Toss speaking at some…
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The Truth Problem, Anne French

An Autobiography Lauris Edmond Bridget Williams Books, $49.95, ISBN 18772421225 Lauris Edmond: Selected Poems 1975-2000 ed K O Arvidson Bridget Williams Books, $39.95, ISBN 1877242152 There’s only one issue to be resolved with autobiography, and that is the Truth Problem.…
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