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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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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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Eczema and ampersands, Janet Hughes

Sing-song  Anne Kennedy Auckland University Press, $24.95, ISBN 1869402952 Electric Yachts Tony Beyer Puriri Press, $26, ISBN 0908943253 Nonsense Nick Ascroft Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864734514 Imagine a sequence of 80-odd poems centred on a case of eczema. That’s…
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Obituary — Dennis McEldowney

Dennis McEldowney (1926-2003)   In the 1991 edition of Who’s Who in New Zealand, Dennis listed two “recreations” – “gardening” and “looking about”. On Monday this week, a few hours before he died, Dennis was still “looking about”. Most of…
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A long look back, Patrick Evans

Seven New Zealand Novellas ed Peter Simpson Reed, $34.95, ISBN 0790008963 “New Zealand literature” as it is currently presented and studied at the University of Canterbury was established in the decade from 1977 by Peter Simpson, who doggedly developed the…
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Cooking, droning and drowning, Robin Corney

Delicious  Nicky Pellegrino Black Swan, $26.95, ISBN 1869415582 Death of a Conscience  Heather Marshall HarperCollins, $21.99, ISBN 869504569 Oyster Catcher  Greg Billington Reed, $29.95, ISBN 0790009013 Nicky Pellegrino’s Delicious is a debut novel that draws in her own background (Italian…
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Remind me where we are now, Nicholas Reid

Secret City Vivienne Plumb Cape Catley, $24.99, ISBN 090856189X Shot Sarah Quigley Virago, $34.95, ISBN 1860499635 What country am I in here? Characters get ideas from watching “5.30 With Jude”, there’s a reference to “old Maori guys”, and one of…
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This might sting a bit, Simon Upton

Continuity Amid Chaos: Health Care Management and Delivery in New Zealand  ed Robin Gauld University of Otago Press, $49.95, ISBN 1877276510 Snakes and Ladders: The Pursuit of a Safety Culture in New Zealand Public Hospitals Peter R Roberts Institute of…
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