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Issue 53 | June 2002

  Volume 12 | Number 2 | Issue 53 | June 2002 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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Way down South, Peter Beck

A Wise Adventure: New Zealand and Antarctica 1920-1960  Malcolm Templeton Victoria University Press, with the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Wellington, $39.95, ISBN 0864734034 Antarctica is often presented as “a pole apart” because of its peripheral location, geographical isolation,…
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The federation game, Colin James

Waltzing with Matilda: Should New Zealand join Australia? Bob Catley Dark Horse Publishing, $29.95, ISBN 0958214611 A chilling graph presented to Auckland business leaders on 14 May undermines Bob Catley’s thesis. Auckland, the graph showed, lost 3.4% in GDP per…
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Poem — Peter Bland

A meeting in Barcelona For Louis Johnson (1924 – 1988)   I glimpsed your ghost today, disguised as a tourist, visiting Picasso’s favourite brothel. The one where he painted those cubist nudes with their stranglers’ hands and fetishist faces. Ugly…
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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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“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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Odds on, Joseph Romanos

Two Over Three on Goodtime Sugar: The New Zealand TAB turns 50 David Grant Victoria University Press, $49.95, ISBN 0864734018 David Grant’s history of the Totalisator Agency Board should come with a warning: it is not to be approached by…
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Antipodean apparatchik, Barry Gustafson

Tomorrow Comes the Song: A Life of Peter Fraser Michael Bassett and Michael King Penguin Books, $49.95, ISBN 0140297936 The late Professor John Roberts once told me a story about his father “Big Jim” Roberts, nicknamed “the uncrowned King of…
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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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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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