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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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Fertile ground, Alison Gray

The New Zealand Family From 1840: A Demographic History Ian Pool, Arunachalam Dharmalingam and Janet Sceats (eds) Auckland University Press, $50.00,  ISBN 9781869403577 A demographic history of the New Zealand family? Well, that’ll be a short, sad story. Everyone knows…
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Renavigating the past, Bernie Kernot

Maori Peoples of New Zealand: Nga Iwi O Aotearoa Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand David Bateman, $49.99, ISBN 9781869536220 National encyclopedias bear some resemblance to national exhibitions in the way they sum up and present knowledge relevant to…
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Obituary — Meg Campbell

Meg (Aline Margaret) Campbell (1937-2007) Meg Campbell died at home in Pukerua Bay on November 17 2007, 24 hours before the launch of her sixth collection, Poems Adrift (Te Kotare Press). Meg Campbell’s poems have typically reflected on her often…
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Faith and works, Linda Burgess

Women with a Mission: Rediscovering Missionary Wives in Early New Zealand Cathy Ross Penguin Books, $39.95, ISBN 0143020501 Be careful what you leave behind you. That unflattering photo could well be the one chosen for your obituary (should you be…
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