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Trail-blazing, Harvey McQueen

Helen Clark: A Political Life Denis Welch Penguin Books, $40.00, ISBN 9780143202417 I admire Helen Clark, and I was pleased to be asked to review this book. Unlike David Lange, who flashed meteor-like across the parliamentary firmament, Clark became a…
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Standing to reason, Denis Welch

To Build a Nation: Collected Writings 1975-1999 Bruce Jesson (ed Andrew Sharp) Penguin, $35.00, ISBN 0143020528 New Rights New Zealand: Myths, Moralities and Markets  Dolores Janiewski and Paul Morris Auckland University Press, $34.99, ISBN 1869403452 I first saw Bruce Jesson…
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Once upon a time in West Auckland, Denis Welch

Black and White John Tamihere (with Helen Bain) Reed, $29.95, ISBN 0790009641 Few politicians these days have lives interesting enough to write about, let alone turn into saleable books. No one is going to queue up at Whitcoulls for Steve…
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Not a hot Friday, Denis Welch

Morrieson’s Motel ed Gordon McLauchlan Tandem Press, $24.95, ISBN 1877178721 Well, it probably seemed like a good idea at the time. In fact, we know that it did, because Gordon McLauchlan tells us so. In the introduction to Morrieson’s Motel…
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Clayton’s books? Denis Welch

America on Five Bullets a Day Raybon Kan Hodder Moa Beckett, $29.95, ISBN 1 86958 656 5 Just Walking the Dogs Joe Bennett Hazard Press, $16.95, ISBN 1 877161 49 7 Yin and Tonic Renée Random House, $29.95, ISBN 1…
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Poem — Denis Welch

The Life Before the famous efflorescence,  Much of note occurred.  Here are the fumblings of adolescence,  Word for groping word,  And the English teacher ‑ that excrescence ‑ The one who wounded the bird,  The shifting addresses, the Christmas presents, …
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Denis Welch: Dreary duty and repulsive habit

Tart and Juicy: Food Stories from Australian and New Zealand Writers Michael Gifkins (ed) Vintage, $24.95 When some people write about food, they do it so mouth‑wateringly that you have to raid the pantry immediately. With one or two exceptions,…
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An aberrant strain, Denis Welch

Top of the Greasy Pole Neale McMillan, McIndoe, $29.95 The record of political leadership in New Zealand is not inspiring. Out of 37 Premiers and Prime Ministers since 1854 only two could be called outstanding, rather than merely memorable. There…
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