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Friends and other strangers, Murray Bramwell

Playing Friends Marilyn Duckworth Vintage, $27.99, ISBN 9781869418694 Trendy But Casual Paula Morris Penguin Books, $28.00, ISBN 9780143006398 It’s that time in later middle age when school reunions have become like a dawn (or twilight) parade of veterans and survivors.…
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Porridge stirring, John Horrocks

The Problem of Prisons: Correction Reform in New Zealand since 1840 Greg Newbold Dunmore Press, $49.95, ISBN 9790187399213 Mt Eden Prison in Auckland speaks of an era when punishment and incarceration were very visible. Its turreted buildings of black volcanic…
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Breaking free, Jill Holt

The Dumpster Saga Craig Harrison Scholastic New Zealand, $16.99,  ISBN 9781869438166 Salt Maurice Gee  Puffin, $17.95, ISBN 9780143303350 The Sea-wreck Stranger Anna Mackenzie  Longacre Press, $18.99, ISBN 9781877361883 It’s hard to imagine and salutary to recall that many teenagers do…
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Obituary — Bernard Gadd

Bernard Gadd (1935-2007) Writer Bernard Gadd, who died in December last year, was an Auckland teacher, anthologist and poet, whose work was widely published in literary journals. He also founded his own imprint, Hallard Press. Bernard was a tireless contributor…
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Strangers and journeys, Norman Bilbrough

Hideout Lorraine Orman Longacre Press, $18.99, ISBN 9781877361814 Teresa Moran Soldier Ken Catran Lothian Books, $19.99, ISBN  9780734409638 Zillah Penelope Todd Longacre Press, $18.99, ISBN 9781877361739 Losing it Sandy McKay Longacre Press, $18.99, ISBN 9781877361746 These four young adult novels…
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Letters – Issue 81

Frame stories wanted I am compiling a collection of anecdotes and urban legends about the late Janet Frame and her family members, and would be grateful to receive any contributions to this genre at: patrick.evans@canterbury.ac.nz or c/- English Programme, University…
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The essence of patriotism, Trevor Richards

Spies and Revolutionaries: A History of New Zealand Subversion  Graeme Hunt Reed Publishing in association with Waddington Press, $29.99,  ISBN 9780790011400  Rutherford split the atom, Hillary climbed Everest and Kate Sheppard and the Women’s Christian Temperance Union ensured New Zealand…
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Issue 81 | Autumn 2008

  Volume 18 | Number 1 | Issue 81 | Autumn 2008 Letters Brent Southgate: Gregory O’Brien, A Nest of Singing Birds: 100 Years of the New Zealand School Journal Lois Daish: Shonagh Koea, The Kindness of Strangers: Kitchen Memoirs…
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Reds under the bed, Redmer Yska

The Sixth Man: The Extraordinary Life of Paddy Costello James McNeish  Vintage, $34.99, ISBN  9781869418915 James McNeish’s masterly life of Paddy Costello tells how, in the summer of 1953, this Paris-based New Zealand diplomat escorted National PM Sid Holland around…
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Cubist McCahon, Roger Blackley

Colin McCahon: The Titirangi Years, 1953-1959 Peter Simpson Auckland University Press, $49.95,  ISBN 9781869403898 A half-century ago, the literature of New Zealand art fitted on a single shelf, or – with a full collection of the periodical Art in New…
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