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The haunt of guilty memory, Kim Worthington 

In Touch Janette Sinclair Secker and Warburg, $24.95, ISBN 790004011 Does This Make Sense to You? Renée Penguin, $24.95, ISBN 0 14024946X Rain  Kirsty Gunn Faber and Faber, $22.95, ISBN 0 571173004 The Strange Letter Z Debra Daley Penguin, $24.95,…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review

Revelling in the actuality of the past, Ralph Johnson

The House of Strife Maurice Shadbolt, Hodder and Stoughton, $39.95   Life is no uniform uninterrupted march or flow. It is a thing of histories, each with its own plot, its inception and movement towards its close. – John Dewey,…
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Autobiography through journalism, Rachel Lawson

Hidden Places: a memoir in journalism Michael King, Hodder and Stoughton, 1992, $27.95   Rachel Lawson reviews Michael King’s new book and discusses his work with him. Michael King has established his reputation through exploring what it means to be…
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Posted in Memoir, Non-fiction, Review

Parrots and paintings, Tom Fitzgibbon

The Story of the Kakapo: Parrot of the night Philip Temple and Chris Gaskin, Hodder and Stoughton, Auckland, $9.95 Matarawa House Rhondda Greig, Hazard Press, Christchurch, 1991, $21.50 For the many summertime trampers such as myself, the name of Philip…
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Posted in Art, History, Non-fiction, Review

What to do with stranded whales, Stephanie Edmond

The Wildtrack Book Donna Bryant, Hodder and Stoughton, Auckland, 1990, $12.95 Did you know that people eat more sharks than sharks eat people? Or that the killer whale is neither a killer nor a whale, but a dolphin? Or that…
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Posted in Natural History, Non-fiction, Review

Two outstanding plant books, Kerry Carman

Flowering Plants of New Zealand Colin Webb, Peter Johnson and Bill Sykes DSIR Botany, Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1990, $39.95 Wildflowers of New Zealand Owen Bishop Hodder and Stoughton, Auckland, 1990, $39.95 ‘Wildflower air is the sweetest air’, wrote Richard Jeffries…
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Posted in Natural History, Non-fiction, Review

Strong on descriptive narrative, K R Howe

Years of the Pooh Bah: A Cook Islands History Dick Scott, Cook Islands Trading Company/ Hodder and Stoughton, Auckland, 1991, $49.95 This beautifully produced and heavily illustrated book is an account of the ‘ignorance’, ‘neglect and … vague benevolence’ that…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Pacific, Review

Freyberg as epic hero, Les Cleveland

Bernard Freyberg VC, Soldier of Two Nations Paul Freyberg, Hodder and Stoughton, London/ Auckland, 1991, $69.95 Greatness in a political leader or a soldier can be seen as the ability to direct momentous events to inspire a large number of…
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Posted in Biography, Non-fiction, Review, War

New lyricism and an old favourite, Stephanie Edmond

Chen Li and the River Spirit Anthony Holcroft Hodder and Stoughton, Auckland, 1990, $19.95 Slinky Malinki Lynley Dodd Mallinson Rendel, Wellington, 1990, $17.95 Caterwaul Caper Lynley Dodd Mallinson Rendel, Wellington, 1990, $8.75 Chen Li and the River Spirit is a…
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Posted in Children, Literature, Review
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