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Issue 118 Winter 2017

Volume 27 | Number 2 | Issue 118 |  Winter 2017   C K Stead: “The Year Was 69” (poem) Sarah Ross: Sue Wootton, Strip Ashlee Nelson: Sarah Laing, Mansfield and Me: A Graphic Memoir Dinah Priestley: Sharon Murdoch (with…
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Short fiction A habit of story-telling Dennis McEldowney The Best of Albert Wendt’s Short Stories Random House, $29.95, ISBN 1 86941 392 X The title might have been Most of Albert Wendt’s Short  Stories. It includes all the stories in…
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Rewards, challenges, surprise, Roger Robinson

The Collected Poems of Alistair Te Ariki Campbell Victoria University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9781776560677 Alistair Te Ariki Campbell always surprised us. He surprised the severely nationalistic poetry establishment of the post-WWII era with laments and elegies and mythic landscapes of…
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Truths both bald and stretched, Eirlys Hunter

The Diamond Horse  Stacy Gregg HarperCollins, $25.00, ISBN 9780008124397 Grandad’s Wheelies Jack Lasenby Penguin Random House, $17.00, ISBN 9780143507338 Rona  Chris Szekely Huia, $15.00, ISBN 9781775501985 The Impossible Boy Leonie Agnew Penguin Random House, $20.00, ISBN 9780143309062 Reading fiction allows…
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“No country for old men”

Sydney-based New Zealand writer Paul Schimmel surveys the Hera Lindsay Bird phenomenon from across the ditch Since Hera Lindsay Bird’s volume of poetry Hera Lindsay Bird was selected for the so-called long-list for the New Zealand book awards in poetry,…
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Filling historical gaps, Claire Mabey

Daylight Second Kelly Ana Morey HarperCollins, $37.00, ISBN 9781775540526 I am certain that I’ve seen Phar Lap. Somewhere, in the back of my memory, is a child’s-eye view of a very large horse in a glass case in a museum,…
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Changing times, David Grant

The New Zealand Labour Party 1916–2016 Peter Franks and Jim McAloon Victoria University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9781776560745 Researching a history of conservative political parties in New Zealand would be relatively straight-forward. The Reform/National Parties have, from their early beginnings to…
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Revisiting the 1930s, Tony Simpson

The Broken Decade: Prosperity, Depression and Recovery in New Zealand 1928–1939 Malcolm McKinnon Otago University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9781927322260 In 1968, I left my home town of Christchurch and came to Wellington to work as a producer in radio in…
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Poem — Mark Pirie

Goodnight It can end like this, you know, your arms round her waist filling the void you’d thought was destined for someone else … but perhaps a coffee will do, you think, or another kiss, another hug, or just a…
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New Zealand’s bloodiest campaign, Steven Loveridge

New Zealand’s Western Front Campaign Ian McGibbon Bateman, $80.00, ISBN 9781869539269 Efforts to explain and/or convey WWI’s Western Front have endured for a century. Libraries could be stocked with military histories investigating the operation of armies, the performance of commanders…
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