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Apology to C K Stead

C K Stead has taken exception to two aspects of a review of The Faber Book of Contemporary South Pacific Stories in our issue of March 1994. If Roger Robinson’s review gave readers the impression that the absence of four…
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Part of the democratic pantomime: An edited transcript of the 1993 Shelley Lecture, Margaret Mahy

Some years ago I wrote a children’s story called A Work of Art in which a woman made a particularly beautiful cake. Two gentlemen, proprietors of an inner-city art gallery, see it through the window, and ask if they may…
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Digging through the permafrost, Stephen Levine

Season of Discontent: By-elections and the Bolger Government Raymond Miller and Helena Catt, Dunmore Publishing, 1993, $29.95 The “season of discontent” to which this book refers began within weeks of National’s victory in October 1990. When the Bolger Government found…
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A frightening, different creativity, Anne French

The Inward Sun: Celebrating the Life and Work of Janet Frame Elizabeth Alley (ed), Daphne Brasell Associates Press, $34.95 Perhaps the worst fate a writer can suffer is to have their life talked about while their work is ignored. If…
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Poem — Julie Leibrich

The Jug   Almost an indecent act. Indelicate at least. Yet as I wash away three hundred years of grime I speed through light years of combustion. Past the wars, the Regency and all the Georges strung in line to…
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Here and now, Tom Beard

Scenes from a Small City Lauris Edmond, Daphne Brassell Associates, $24.95   Lauris Edmond’s poems have always conveyed a strong sense of time and place, so it is no surprise that in a volume based around life in Wellington the…
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Making women’s past accessible, Barbara Brookes

Standing in the Sunshine: A history of New Zealand Women Since They Won the Vote Sandra Coney, Penguin Books, $59.95 Women’s history, once a marginal pursuit and still not entirely integrated into the academy, is popular. Each year, and particularly…
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Posted in Gender, History, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

A quite atypical farm, Tom Brooking

Imperial Patriot: Charles Alma Baker and the History of Limestone Downs Barrie Macdonald, Bridget Williams Books, $59.95 One of the strangest features of New Zealand’s written history is that the rural sector has been relatively neglected. Even though farming, apart…
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Removing the adult voice, Kathryn Walls

Baker’s Dozen Tom Bradley, HarperCollins, $12.95 Saved by Ryan Kane Pauline Cartwright, Ashton Scholastic, $7.95 The Secret of Boomer Lake Ken Catran, HarperCollins, $10.95 The Breakdown Day Dorothy Butler, Ashton Scholastic, $12.95 Tom Bradley’s Baker’s Dozen is a collection of…
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Composed of small moments, Rod McGregor

The Miserables Damien Wilkins, Victoria University Press, 1993, $24.95 This, Damien Wilkins’s first novel, seems a natural extension of his earlier stories and poems. It is a bildungsroman of a very modernistic sort, tightly written, concise in scope but large…
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