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Issue 89 Autumn 2010

  Volume 20 | Number 1 | Issue 89 | Autumn 2010 Letters Andrew Wood: “Karl Wolfskehl (1869-1948)” (poem) Gregory O’Brien: “Low cloud, field of peonies, Martinborough” Ashleigh Young: Sam Hunt, Backroads: Charting a Poet’s Life Kathryn Walls: Tessa Duder…
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The good, the bad and the epic, Louise O’Brien

As the Earth Turns Silver Alison Wong Penguin Books, $37.00, ISBN 0143011677 Who Sings for Lu?  Alan Duff Vintage, $36.99, ISBN 9781869790585 The Adventures of Vela Albert Wendt Huia, $35.00, ISBN 9781869693633 Alison Wong’s As the Earth Turns Silver describes…
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The uncomfortable and the familiar, Hamish Clayton

The Penguin Book of Contemporary New Zealand Short Stories Paula Morris (ed) Penguin Books, $40.00, ISBN 9780143006817 A new collection of contemporary New Zealand short stories from Penguin, edited by one of our foremost authors, surely signifies an important publishing…
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Poem — Emma Neale

Satellite Our six-year-old watches me dress as we talk about the planets, where rockets have landed, where people can’t go, how the surface of some distant Earth is unknowable at the moment and he frowns and stares with a mathematician’s…
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Trials and lessons, Anne Else

A History of the “Unfortunate Experiment” at National Women’s Hospital Linda Bryder Auckland University Press, $45.00, ISBN 978186940435 The Cartwright Papers: Essays on the Cervical Cancer Inquiry, 1987-88 Joanna Manning (ed) Bridget Williams Books, $39.99, ISBN 9781877242458 July 2008 marked…
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Drawing-room stories, Stevan Eldred-Grigg

Old South: Life and Times in the Nineteenth-century Mainland Matthew Wright Penguin Books, $50.00, ISBN 9780143006510 Old South is a work that should be a welcome newcomer to the growing list of leading titles in New Zealand history. The book…
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The future world of 1881, John O’Leary

The Great Romance  The Inhabitant; Dominic Alessio (ed) University of Nebraska Press, US$17.95, ISBN 9780803259966 At a time when James Cameron’s film Avatar is breaking box-office records, thanks largely to the hyper-vivid, computer-generated images of the planet Pandora provided by…
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Otherwise fine, Simon Upton

Poles Apart: Beyond the Shouting, Who’s Right About Climate Change Gareth Morgan and John McCrystal Random House, $39.99, ISBN 9781869790455 When I learnt that Gareth Morgan was writing a book on climate change I groaned. Out of politeness, it was…
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Still sacred lives, Helen Watson White

Red Studio: Forty-five Prints John Z Robinson Longacre Press, $39.99, ISBN 9781877460388 John Z Robinson is an artist in many media, and in two major modes. One is the ebullient use of colour in free-style painting; the other the witty,…
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Might and rights, Elspeth Sandys

Field Punishment No 1: Archibald Baxter, Mark Briggs and New Zealand’s Anti-Militarist Tradition David Grant, paintings by Bob Kerr Steele Roberts, $34.99, ISBN 9781877448461 In his introduction to Field Punishment No 1, David Grant expresses his satisfaction that New Zealand…
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