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Obituary — Dennis McEldowney

Dennis McEldowney (1926-2003)   In the 1991 edition of Who’s Who in New Zealand, Dennis listed two “recreations” – “gardening” and “looking about”. On Monday this week, a few hours before he died, Dennis was still “looking about”. Most of…
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Both sides now, Peter Wells

The World Regained Dennis McEldowney Auckland University Press, $34.95, ISBN 1869402537 From the Wisteria Bush Vanya Lowry Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1869402561 The nature of memoir is an act of resurrection, exploration, delineation. It is both a wreath placed…
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The thinking person’s romance, Dennis McEldowney

The Beetle in the Box: a love story Chris Else Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1869414527 Anyone who has sat on the selection panel for a writer’s fellowship knows that the worst thing applicants can do is include a bald précis of…
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The luck was all ours, Mac Jackson

An Absurd Ambition: Autobiographical Writings E H McCormick ed Dennis McEldowney Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1 86940 156 5 There were giants on the earth in those days” and we follow their footsteps with awe. When writing a chapter…
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Saying it like it is, Jane Stafford

Palm Prints Fiona Kidman Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1 86941 228 1 Then and There: a Seventies Diary Dennis McEldowney Auckland University Press, $34.95, ISBN 1 86950 116 6 Accidental Life Phoebe Meikle Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1 86940 108…
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Compulsive reading, Diane Hebley

Shaking the Bee Tree Dennis McEldowney, Auckland University Press, $29.95 Almost as much autobiography as biography, Dennis McEldowney’s Shaking the Bee Tree is essentially a fascinating love story made possible by modern surgery. Since both he and his subject, Zoë…
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