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Rules of the game, Chris Else

Great Sporting Moments  ed Damien Wilkins Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864735154 Great Sporting Moments tempted me to do the unthinkable – review a book without actually reading it. This was not because I thought the contents would be bad…
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Issue 73 Autumn 2006

  Volume 16 | Number 1 | Issue 73 | Autumn 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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Taut and twanging, Barbara Else

Running Hot  David Hill Mallinson Rendel, $16.95, ISBN 0908783949 With Lots of Love from Georgia  Brigid Lowry Allen and Unwin, $19.00, ISBN 1741143101 Kaitangata Twitch Margaret Mahy Allen and Unwin, $19.00, ISBN 174114485X The Unknown Zone Phil Smith Random House,…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review, Young adults

Just the facts, ma’am, John Bonallack

Peter Blake Sailor, Adventurer: The Story of a New Zealand Hero Alan Sefton Puffin, $16.95, ISBN 0143318306 Scarecrow Army: The Anzacs at Gallipoli Leon Davidson Black Dog Books, $19.95, ISBN 1876372605 Blue New Zealand: Plants, Animals, Environments: A Visual Guide…
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Off the page, Barbara Murison

Hunter Joy Cowley Puffin, $16.95, ISBN 0143318292 Super Freak Brian Falkner Mallinson Rendel, $16.95, ISBN 0908783981 Chinatown Girl: The Diary of Silvey Chan, Auckland, 1942 Eva Wong Ng Scholastic New Zealand, $16.99, ISBN 1869436598 Ask any publisher of New Zealand…
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Posted in Children, Fiction, Literature, Review

No longer young, male or Christian, Margaret McClure

Body, Mind and Spirit: YMCA Auckland Celebrating 150 Years 1855-2005  Colin Taylor Reed Publishing, $69.99, ISBN 0790009862 Auckland’s reputation has been assessed too long in terms of its founding father’s claim that “the whole and entire object of every one…
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Puppy-dogs’ tails, Anne Else

He’ll Be OK: Growing Gorgeous Boys into Good Men Celia Lashlie HarperCollins, $35.00, ISBN 156950528X Like cooped-up teenage boys, three stories jostle and elbow each other inside this book. Though the biggest wins, it gets badly knocked about in the…
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Poem — Teresia Teaiwa

Streets   Call into question/the status of English/noisy silence/ is there something in the collection/ of our faces/clothes/feet/ that would tell the deaf/or blind/ where we are?/ the language of the pavement/is avoidance/ the careful balance of physical proximity/with emotional…
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Guarding the treasure, Paul Diamond

Mana Tuturu: Maori Treasures and Intellectual Property Rights Barry Barclay Auckland University Press, $44.99, ISBN 1869403509 Barry Barclay (Ngati Apa, Pakeha) has been making films for more than 40 years, and is arguably this country’s leading documentary maker. In Mana…
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High noon, Barbara Larson

In our ongoing debate on literary funding, Barbara Larson of Longacre Press looks at the issue from a publisher’s point of view.   Reading Tim Hazledine’s “Slow Readers” (NZB, Dec 2005) made me think of a time in another life, when…
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