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Issue 73 | June 2006

  Volume 16 | Number 2 | Issue 73 | June 2006  Deborah Montgomerie: Pamela Wood, Dirt: Filth and Decay in a New World Arcadia Guest editorial: Rosemary Wildblood, “Against complacency” Letters Hugh Roberts: Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, The Dark…
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How not to, Jane Westaway

How to Read a Book Kelly Ana Morey Awa Press, $24.95, ISBN 0958253897 How to Look at a Picture Justin Paton Awa Press, $24.95, ISBN 0958253889 Second-rate fiction, someone said, is utterly useless. A poor novel or short story gets…
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History’s ghosts, Hugh Roberts

The Dark Lord of Savaiki: Collected Poems Alistair Te Ariki Campbell Hazard Press, $40.00, ISBN 1877393002 Poems 1946-2005 W H Oliver Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864735189 There are few readers now, I imagine, who could guess at more than…
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Call me “Sir”, Nicholas Reid

Henry Cooper of Auckland Grammar School  Andrew Mason David Ling Publishing (in association with Auckland Grammar School Old Boys’ Association), $49.95, ISBN 1877378038 Personal confession and declaration of interest. I began my 25 years as a secondary-school teacher with a…
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Letters – Issue 73

Reviewer d’un certain age Dear John McCrystal, I don’t know you, and I have no idea of your age. Hence I have two questions. Just so I know in the event I get asked to review one of your books…
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In and out of the mincer, Jan Jordan

Accusation: A Wife’s Story Mary Fielding (with Jane Westaway) Longacre Press, $29.95, ISBN 1877361151 ”J’accuse!” (I accuse!). Just over 100 years ago Emile Zola’s article in Le Figaro on the Dreyfus Affair appeared beneath this bold headline, and helped to…
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Editorial – Issue 73

Guest editorial Against complacency When I arrived in New Zealand 28 years ago I confessed to an eminent seismologist that, although an avid reader, I knew little about New Zealand writing. Fortunately for me he was a Renaissance man with…
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Current account, Robin Johnson

Healthy Money Healthy Planet: Developing Sustainability Through New Money Systems Deirdre Kent Craig Potton Publishing, $34.99, ISBN 1877333298 This book is a serious critique of orthodox economic writing and attempts to set out an alternative interpretation of the role of…
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What the Inspector of Nuisances saw, Deborah Montgomerie

Dirt: Filth and Decay in a New World Arcadia  Pamela Wood Auckland University Press, $44.99, ISBN 1869403487 Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but dirt is so much more interesting. Pamela Wood’s smart and insightful history of the varieties of…
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Invitation to a smorgasbord, Christine Johnston

The Cat’s Whiskers: New Zealand Writers on Cats ed Peter Wells Random House, $29.95, ISBN 1869417453 The Best New Zealand Fiction Volume 2 ed Fiona Kidman Random House, $29.95, ISBN 1869417402 Huia Short Stories 6: Contemporary Maori Fiction Huia, $29.95,…
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