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Poem — Leonard Lambert

The Enamelled Box   When they unearth the mass graves and discover the rivers of blood, or even stop to puzzle over a million lost golf-balls, may they also find medical instruments of ingenious design and exquisite precision; Let them…
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Mingling the sacred and the profane, Martin Edmond

The Penguin Book of New Zealand War Writing Harry Ricketts and Gavin McLean (eds) Penguin Books, $65.00, ISBN 9780143573098 Oddly enough – or perhaps not – when this book arrived at my door I remembered one of the more arcane…
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Voices from the past, Jock Phillips

Remembering Gallipoli: Interviews with New Zealand Gallipoli Veterans  Christopher Pugsley and Charles Ferrall (eds) Victoria University Press, $40.00 ISBN 9780864739919 Amid the flood of printed words that have marked the centenary of New Zealand’s Gallipoli experience, Remembering Gallipoli comes with,…
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Obituary — Jack Body

Harmonious sensuality Ross Harris recalls the life and work of fellow-composer Jack Body (1944-2015) Jack Body was born in the small North Island farming town of Te Aroha to parents with little interest in music. Even so, he was playing…
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Poem — Leonard Lambert

Hinterland   What lands lie east of here? North and south are known, and west, but to the east, to my left, the country folds in upon itself and falls away, rising in the near distance to a long tableland.…
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Reviewing the reviewers

Matthew Wright reflects on the ethics of book reviewing. It’s some years since New Zealand Books published a wonderfully nasty litany of my supposed failures in a book I’d written on South Island settler society where, the reviewer insisted as…
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On a human scale, Felicity Barnes

Holding on to Home: New Zealand Stories and Objects of the First World War Kate Hunter and Kirstie Ross Te Papa Press, $50.00, ISBN 9780987668851 One hundred years on, WWI continues to loom large in New Zealand life. With the…
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Lives shaped by the novelist, Elspeth Sandys

Death and Forgiveness Jindra Tichá Mary Egan Publishing, $30.00, ISBN 9780473306717 Rich Man Road Ann Glamuzina Eunoia Publishing, $30.00, ISBN 9780994104748 In a recent review in New Zealand Books, Jane Westaway commented on the rise, both in New Zealand and…
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Crime wave, Bernard Carpinter

Running Towards Danger Tina Clough Vanguard Press, $30.00, ISBN 97811784650100 Blood, Wine and Chocolate Julie Thomas HarperCollins, $35.00 ISBN 9781775540533 Something Is Rotten Adam Sarafis Echo, $35.00 ISBN 9781760067762 New Zealand crime fiction is booming. The long list for the…
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