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Issue 123 Spring 2018

Volume 28 | Number 3 | Issue 123 | Spring 2018   Letter C K Stead: “Unusual Obsequies” (poem) Janet Wilson: Fiona Kidman, This Mortal Boy: A Novel Annabel Gooder: Grace Bridges, Lee Murray and Aaron Compton (eds), Te Kōrero…
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Dancing with facts

Broadcaster and documentary maker Justin Gregory reflects on James McNeish’s “portrait” of John Mulgan. In 1994, James McNeish wrote, narrated and produced a feature-length radio programme on a man he described as perhaps the “darkest” of New Zealand’s “dark horses”:…
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“A kind of undressing”, Elspeth Sandys

Dear Oliver: Uncovering a Pākehā History Peter Wells Massey University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9780994143 Peter Wells is a wonderful writer, and this is almost a wonderful book. Writing a family memoir (or, as the author calls this particular memoir, Uncovering…
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Time-hopping, Adrian Kinnaird

Helen and the Go-go Ninjas Ant Sang and Michael Bennett Penguin Random House, $30.00, ISBN 9780143771241 A creative collaboration between a writer and artist is common in the world of comics and graphic novels. Celebrated collaborators like Stan Lee and…
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Wrestling with the past, Gwynaeth McIntyre

Athens to Aotearoa: Greece and Rome in New Zealand Literature and Society Diana Burton, Simon Perris and Jeff Tatum (eds) Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781776561766 Athens to Aotearoa’s cover image, Herakles Wrestles the Taniwha, epitomises the very essence of…
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Brewing a legacy, Michael Donaldson

Guinness Down Under: The Famous Brew and the Family Come to Australia and New Zealand Rod Smith Eyeglass Press, $50.00, ISBN 9780473408428 Guinness – like the citizens of its country – has travelled to all parts of the world.  It…
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A study of politically enforced self-restraint, Janet McLean

In Search of Consensus: New Zealand’s Electoral Act 1956 and its Constitutional Legacy Elizabeth McLeay Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781776561841 As I write, the sitting president of the United States of America is reported to be seriously contemplating the…
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Headland: Literary frontiers

Liesl Nunns, co-founding editor of the digital literary journal Headland, describes the opportunities of digital publication. On a March morning in 2014, stirred up by Professor Dame Anne Salmond’s speech at the International Women’s Day breakfast at Parliament, Laura McNeur…
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Placing the monarchy, Stephen Levine

This Realm of New Zealand: The Sovereign, the Governor-General, the Crown Alison Quentin-Baxter and Janet McLean Auckland University Press, $65.00, ISBN 9781869408756 To say that this book adds considerably to the literature about the monarchy in New Zealand would be…
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Lead kindly light, Paul Morris

Sunday Best: How the Church Shaped New Zealand and New Zealand Shaped the Church Peter Lineham Massey University Press, $55.00, ISBN 9780994140777 Saints and Stirrers: Christianity, Conflict and Peacemaking in New Zealand, 1814-1945 Geoffrey Troughton (ed) Victoria University Press, $40.00,…
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