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Steady as she goes, Colin James

Holyoake’s Lieutenants ed Margaret Clark Dunmore Press, $29.95, ISBN 8864694369 I came across Norm Shelton a day or two after Jack Marshall sacked him in February 1972 at the end of the Holyoake era. He had a pile of complimentary

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Issue 61 Autumn 2003

  Volume 13 | Number 1 | Issue 61 | Autumn 2003 Geoff Chapple: Stephen Venables, Everest – Summit of Achievement; George Band, Everest – 50 years on Top of the World; Sir Edmund Hillary, High Adventure: Our Ascent of Everest;

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Writers and Readers Week line-up

Richard Ford, Jenny Diski, Alistair MacLeod and Clive James are among overseas writers expected to appear during next year’s New Zealand Post Writers and Readers Week. With them will be poets Mark Doty and Sharon Thesen, fiction writers Etgar Keret,

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Editorial — Issue 61

Copycat crime A few decades ago a newspaper ran in full without permission a crucial chapter of an enthusiastically awaited political book on the eve of its publication. I remember this for the copyright dispute it provoked more than for

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Rediscovering the great white discoverer, Jock Phillips

The Trial of the Cannibal Dog: Captain Cook in the South Seas Anne Salmond Allen Lane, $59.95, ISBN 0713996617 I will not forget reading Anne Salmond’s Two Worlds. I was on holiday at Tolaga Bay. Between walks to Cook’s Cove

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Forging on, Roger Blackley

Good as Goldie: the amazing story of New Zealand’s most famous art forger Karl F Sim (C F Goldie) and Tim Wilson Hodder Moa Beckett, $35, ISBN 1869589076   You know me as a forger, but I’ve had more lives

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Domestic pastoral, Harry Ricketts

Summer Jenny Bornholdt Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864734522 Jenny Bornholdt’s poems could be called “domestic pastoral”. This is one of the strongest – though often undervalued – lines in New Zealand poetry. You can trace it from Ursula Bethell’s

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Because it’s still there, Geoff Chapple

Everest – Summit of Achievement Stephen Venables Allen & Unwin, $79.95, ISBN 1741140668 Everest – 50 Years on Top of the World George Band Collins, $49.95, ISBN 0007147481 High Adventure: Our Ascent of Everest Sir Edmund Hillary Allen & Unwin,

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Posted in Autobiography, Biography, Children, History, Memoir, Non-fiction and Review

The missionary position, Laurence Jenkins

Slow Water Annamarie Jagose Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864734506 In 1836, William Yate, clergyman and missionary, aged 3, set sail from London for his beloved Waimate North, the New Zealand mission which had been founded in 1823 by the

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Biting irreverence, David Eggleton

Dog: Poems C K Stead Auckland University Press, $21.95, ISBN 1869402863 Amongst our intelligentsia the bald dome of C K Stead looms large. In the identity parade of contemporary New Zealand culture, he is one of those controversialists, one of

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