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Sleeping with a panda, Mary Roberts

New Zealand’s China Experience: Its Genesis, Triumphs, and Occasional Moments of Less than Complete Success Chris Elder (ed) Victoria University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9780864738470 In 1972 New Zealand recognised China: how quaint this now sounds. The echoes of those far-off

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Hooves of unicorns clattering, Eleanor Toland

The Disestablishment of Paradise Phillip Mann Victor Gollancz, $37.00, ISBN 9780575132627 The Last Sanctuary P S Mokha Tangerine Publications, $30.00, ISBN 9780987664655 Tropic of Skorpeo Michael Morrissey Steam Press, $30.00, ISBN 9780987663535 Fantasy and science fiction are genres often underrepresented

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Remembering, John Horrocks

Under the Dundas Street Bridge Peter Olds Steele Roberts, $20.00, ISBN 9781877577833 Chords and Other Poems Sam Hunt Craig Potton Publishing, $30.00, ISBN 9781877338181 Voicetracks: Poems 2002-2012 Jan Kemp Puriri Press/Tranzlit, $32.50, ISBN 9780908943388 Like Paul McCartney singing “Remember” at

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Pressing on, David Eggleton

On Song: Stories behind New Zealand’s Pop Classics Simon Sweetman Penguin Books, $65.00, ISBN 9780143568162 Any anthology is a work of exclusion, constructed to emphasise or establish a particular narrative. In the case of anthologist Simon Sweetman’s On Song: Stories

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Issue 102 Winter 2013

Volume 23 | Number 2 |  Issue 102 | Winter 2013 Letters David Hill: R L Stedman, A Necklace of Souls; David Hair, Ghosts of Parihaka; Anna MacKenzie, Cattra’s Legacy; Des Hunt, Phantom of Terawhiti Damien Wilkins: “Always something to

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Vanished world, Dale Williams

Buller’s Birds of New Zealand: The Complete Work of J G Keulemans Geoff Norman Te Papa Press, $150.00, ISBN 9781877385889 Kids in a sweet shop. Nineteenth-century naturalists given a brand new country to play in gobbled up the apparent endless

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Not just a matter of mutton, Vincent O’Malley

New Zealand’s London: A Colony and its Metropolis Felicity Barnes Auckland University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9781869405854 Far From “Home”: The English in New Zealand  Lyndon Fraser and Angela McCarthy (eds) Otago University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781877578328 On the day that

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Unicorn in the cabbage patch, Desmond Bovey

Aesop’s Kiwi Fables: Paintings  Ray Ching David Bateman, $50.00, ISBN 9781869538453 I spotted Ray Ching’s new book, Aesop’s Kiwi Fables, in our local post office-cum-bookstore. I stopped buying picture books some time ago; they have become so glossily tempting that

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No eureka moment, Mark Derby

The Making of New Zealanders Ron Palenski Auckland University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781869407261 In these febrile times a passing mention of New Zealand in US media can provoke a front-page response from our own. So it’s instructive to discover that

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The Veblen effect, Roger Blackley

Behind the Canvas: An Insider’s Guide to the New Zealand Art Market Warwick Henderson New Holland, $45.00, ISBN 9781869663674 In a recent New Zealand Listener, cultural curmudgeon Hamish Keith commented on the dangers of the art market: “Buying and selling

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