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A frightening, different creativity, Anne French

The Inward Sun: Celebrating the Life and Work of Janet Frame Elizabeth Alley (ed), Daphne Brasell Associates Press, $34.95 Perhaps the worst fate a writer can suffer is to have their life talked about while their work is ignored. If…
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Posted in Biography, Literature, Non-fiction, Review

Remarkable riders, Anna Rogers

Roger Robinson and Anna Rogers review books that document ‘a little-discussed area of women’s endeavour’. Racing Women of New Zealand Mary Mountier, Daphne Brasell Associates Press, $34.95 As a reviewer for this book, I am what could be described as…
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Posted in Gender, Non-fiction, Review, Sport

Modern Helen of Troy disappoints, Stephanie Edmond

The Iron Mouth Beryl Fletcher, Daphne Brasell Associates Press, $32.95 The Iron Mouth, Beryl Fletcher’s second story in a trilogy of feminist novels, is written on two levels. On one level, it is a simple novel about a crowd of…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review

Feminist tissue, Kathryn Walls

Me and Marilyn Monroe Cathie Dunsford (ed), Daphne Brasell Associates Press, $32.95 Dr Cathie Dunsford, inspired by the female forms created by female sculptors, and convinced that women should be speaking out against the maltreatment of their bodies by the…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review

‘Womanly skills and small-scale economies’ – old assumptions and fresh perspectives, Margot Roth

Margot Roth reviews a major suffrage year publication, and briefly comments on the difficulties of book reviewing in New Zealand.   Women Together: A History of Women’s Organisations in New Zealand ‑ Nga Ropu Wahine o te Motu Anne Else…
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Publisher’s Profiles 7, Daphne Brasell Associates, Helen Forlong

The quiet atmosphere in the light-filled, softly carpeted offices of Daphne Brasell Associates in the romantic Wellington suburb of Thorndon belies the frantic pace of a business which has produced at least 40 books from its press, hundreds of government…
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Posted in Imprints

The loneliness of the short distance columnist, A K Grant

5 Days in Las Vegas Raybon Kan, Daphne Brasell Associates Press, $29.95   I must confess to a personal grievance in relation to this book, a collection of pieces, mostly from the Dominion or the Listener, by the gifted young…
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Posted in Essays, Non-fiction, Review

Raising Questions, Paul Millar

Witi Ihimaera: A Changing Vision Umelo Ojinmah, University of Otago Press, $24.95 I Have What I Gave: The Fiction of Janet Frame Judith Dell Panny, Daphne Brasell Associates Press, $34.95   Signs are that New Zealand literature is in good…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review

Silver threads, Verna Schofield

New Zealand’s Ageing Society: The Implications Peggy G Koopman-Boyden (ed), Daphne Brasell Associates Press, $34.95   The debate on the role of the State in caring for our ageing population is intensifying. Already in the past year, the Government has…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Miscellany: Short reviews, Dale Williams

Godwits Return, Margaret Clark (ed), Bridget Williams Books, $29.95 New Zealanders are a restless lot – the more job training we get, the more likely we are to pack up and swim in bigger ponds overseas. Sometimes we come back.…
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Posted in Art, Natural History, Non-fiction, Pacific, Review, Sociology
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