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An eye on Cambodia, Margot Schwass

A Certain Grace Anthony Maturin Anthony Maturin, $70.00, ISBN 109995082705, Instead of teaching in a dirt-floored classroom or hacking through the jungle, today’s VSA volunteer is just as likely to be an office-bound small-business advisor or a human resources trainer…
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The Jones effect, Patrick Evans

Mister Pip Lloyd Jones Penguin, $35.00, ISBN 9780143020899 Lloyd Jones is the man who wrote a book about a child molester, and no one noticed – what better proof do we need that journalists don’t really read fiction? And yet…
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Wild threads of imagination, Joan de Hamel

The Unquiet Carolyn McCurdie Longacre, $16.95, ISBN 1877361402 Aim High  David Hill Mallinson Rendel, $17.00, ISBN 0958262624 Frog Whistle Mine  Des Hunt HarperCollins, $16.99, ISBN 1869505956 Lizzie, Love  Brenda Delamain Longacre, $16.99, ISBN 1877361399 Shooting the Moon  V M Jones…
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Posted in Children, Fiction, Literature, Review, Young adults

Letters — Issue 77

Striking back Your reviewer of Revolution: The 1913 Great Strike in New Zealand, edited by Melanie Nolan (NZB, December 2006), rightly stresses agency among workers, as I have frequently done. But this does not alter the fact that the state…
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Alice-in-Wonderland worlds, David Clark

The Elegant Universe of Albert Einstein: The Collected Lectures of the Royal Society of New Zealand E=mc2 Series Broadcast on National Radio Awa Press, $24.99, ISBN 0958262926 Are Angels OK? The Parallel Universes of New Zealand Writers and Scientists Paul…
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Editorial — Issue 77

A modest makeover With this, its 77th issue, New Zealand Books reverts to a quarterly, and one with a new look: notably, a striking front cover, a fresh typeface and an elegant new page design. It is, of course, common…
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Poem — Tim Jones

The Wrong Horse   The pleasures of the text are the pleasures of spring. Halter tops, tanned skin, buttocks sashaying past an open office door. You pack your books away. The self is conceived as a structure of signifiers. Thirty…
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Issue 77 Autumn 2007

  Volume 17 | Number 1 | Issue 77 | Autumn 2007 Editorial: A modest makeover Letters Patrick Evans: Lloyd Jones, Mister Pip Linda Clark and Raymond Miller: Nicky Hager, The Hollow Men: A Study in the Politics of Deception…
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Carry on conspiring, Redmer Yska

The Plot to Subvert Wartime New Zealand Hugh Price Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864735383 One Sunday morning at the end of March 1942, a safe-breaker fresh out of Waikeria Prison rang Cabinet Minister Bob Semple at home from a…
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Thud and blunder, Tony Simpson

Spy  C H Kit Bennetts Random House, $37.00, ISBN 186941831X Spy is about the claim that Bill Sutch spied for the KGB. I was well-acquainted with Sutch, and we met from time to time in the 70s to talk about…
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