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Life in the bush, by the bay, Dougal McNeill

Speaking Frankly: The Frank Sargeson Memorial Lectures 2003-2010 Sarah Shieff (ed) Cape Catley, $31.99, ISBN 9781877340277   Celebrating Katherine Mansfield: A Centenary Volume of Essays Gerri Kimber and Janet Wilson (eds) Palgrave Macmillan, $162.00, ISBN 9780230277731   It was a…
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Obituary — Christine Cole Catley

Christine Cole Catley 1922-2011 Dame Christine Cole Catley, who died in August aged 88, was indisputably one of New Zealand publishing’s most widely admired and loved personalities. She came to publishing via editing work with AH & AW Reed, setting…
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“Girl interested in wave technology”, David Hill

Bright Star: Beatrice Hill Tinsley Astronomer Christine Cole Catley Cape Catley, $49.99, ISBN 1877340014 I can offer the usual apologia for astronomy. There’s its significance as a global employer (NASA alone pays 20,000 salaries). Its contributions to other sciences, such…
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For a laugh, try satire, Neville Bennett

Kiwi Jokers: The Rise and Rise of New Zealand Comedy Matt Elliott HarperCollins, $29.95, ISBN 1 86950 248 5 The Penguin Book of New Zealand Jokes John Barnett & Lesley Kaiser in assn with Brian Schaab Penguin, $19.95, ISBN 0…
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