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Reading history backwards, Edmund Bohan

The Blue Lion: An historical love story Graham Billing Cape Catley, $24.95, ISBN 090856192X The Blue Lion was Graham Billing’s last book, for the author of Forbush and the Penguins, The Slipway and The Chambered Nautilus died last December before…
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Issue 57 Autumn 2002

  Volume 12 | Number 1 | Issue 57 | Autumn 2002 Joan de Hamel: Sandy McKay, Recycled and My Dad the All Black; Vince Ford, The Dare Club; Jan Thorburn, Stranded; Jack Lasenby, Aunt Effie Editorial A farewell Letters…
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One of Alf’s, Jack Lasenby

Somebodies and Nobodies Brian Turner Vintage, $34.95 ISBN 1869415078 Few autobiographies return us to scrutinising our own lives. I’ve just had – suffered – that experience reading Brian Turner’s Somebodies and Nobodies. It covers his first 25 years, from birth…
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The parent problem, Joan de Hamel

Recycled Sandy McKay Longacre Press, $14.95, ISBN 1887135496 My Dad the All Black Sandy McKay Longacre Press, $14.95, ISBN 1887135690 The Dare Club Vince Ford Longacre Press, $14.95, ISBN 1877135682 Stranded Jan Thorburn Mallinson Rendel, $17.95, ISBN 0908783671 Aunt Effie…
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Art as survival, David Eggleton

Pacific Art Niu Sila: the Pacific Dimension of Contemporary New Zealand Arts  ed Sean Mallon and Pandora Fulimalo Pereira Te Papa Press,$49.95, ISBN 0909010838 Robert Louis Stevenson, writing about Samoan culture over a century ago, expressed it thus: No occasion…
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Capitalists or cavaliers, Stevan Eldred-Grigg

No Idle Rich; The Wealthy in Canterbury & Otago 1840-1918 Jim McAloon University of Otago Press, $39.95, ISBN 1877276235 Rich and poor have always fought a war of words – turning at times to fists, batons and cavalry charges –…
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Bad girls and bright boys, Raymond Huber

No Alarms Bernard Beckett Longacre, $16.95, ISBN 1877135755 Spider William Taylor Longacre, $16.95, ISBN 1877135607 These two young adult novels are character studies that reveal both the desperation and the potential of the teenage years. No Alarms is a fast-paced,…
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Nudging the unsuitable, Cilla McQueen

How To Make A Million Emma Neale Godwit, $22.95, ISBN 18692100X The Unfortunate Singer Rachel Bush Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864734360 My reading’s re-creation, via language, of another poet’s perceptions, thoughts, aural sensibility and verbal skill, allows me a…
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Against cupidity, Ian Johnstone

Five Holocausts Derek J Wilson Steele Roberts, $59.95, ISBN 1877228419 It’s been a drawn-out business preparing this review. For the first week after the great volume (472 pages long) bumped through the letterbox, it sat on the window sill, glowering…
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Wicketkeeping religion, Neville Emslie

Spirit in a Strange Land (2002), edited by Paul Morris, Harry Ricketts, and Mike Grimshaw, is, apparently, the first anthology of New Zealand poetry to focus on “our spiritual experience”. The collection is a delight and a surprise. The appearance…
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