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Issue 126 Winter 2019

Volume 29 | Number 2 | Issue 126 | Winter 2019   Stephanie Johnson: Carl Shuker, A Mistake John McCrystal: Owen Marshall, Pearly Gates: A Novel Victor Rodger: John Broughton, Oscar Kightley and Erolia Ifopo, Gary Henderson, and Carl Nixon,…
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Shocks and conversations, Mark Williams

The Friday Poem: 100 New Zealand Poems  Steve Braunias (ed) David Bateman, $25.00, ISBN 9780473450281 Short Poems of New Zealand Jenny Bornholdt (ed) Victoria University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9781776562022 Two new poetry anthologies: one featuring beautifully composed small poems selected…
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Earnest but elusive, Hannah Newport-Watson

Under Glass Gregory Kan Auckland University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781869408916 It’s common to talk about the “emotional landscape” of a book. Gregory Kan’s second poetry collection Under Glass transforms that figure of speech into something more – yet not entirely…
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Articulating an alternative, Julienne Molineaux

Government for the Public Good: The Surprising Science of Large-scale Collective Action  Max Rashbrooke Bridget Williams Books, $50.00, ISBN 9781988545080 This is an optimistic book that aims to re-set the narrative on collective action and, in particular, how we discuss…
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And on the strangest sea, Paul Moon

New Zealand and the Sea: Historical Perspectives  Frances Steel (ed) Bridget Williams Books, $60.00, ISBN 9780947518707 Ocean: Tales of Voyaging and Encounter that Defined New Zealand Sarah Ell Penguin Random House, $70.00, ISBN 9780143772675 Most histories of nations tend to…
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Finding the way back, Nicholas Reid

Now When it Rains – A Writer’s Memoir  Jeffrey Paparoa Holman Steele Roberts, $35.00, ISBN 9780947493776 A boy needs a father, but things can go badly wrong if the father is not good at fathering. This seems to be one…
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Galling truth, Megan Dunn

Kaitiaki o te Pō: Essays  John-Paul Powley  Seraph Press, $35.00, ISBN 9780994134592 I am in two minds about John-Paul Powley’s Kaitiaki o te Pō – this is a good essay collection, even really good. But goodness is also Powley’s Achilles…
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Pressing on, James Hollings 

Lasting Impressions: The Story of New Zealand’s Newspapers, 1840–1920 Ian F Grant Fraser Books, in association with the Alexander Turnbull Library, $69.50, ISBN 9780994136046 At a time when journalism is in crisis, with collapsing revenues and governments and elites indifferent…
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Letters – Issue 126

Deletions made by Brasch himself I was distressed to see in Douglas Lloyd Jenkins’s review in the latest New Zealand Review of Books Pukapuka Aotearoa (Autumn 2019) the wrongful and offensive suggestion that Charles Brasch’s literary executor had for “homophobic”…
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Obituary – Raymond Frank Grover (1931-2019)

Obituary Raymond Frank Grover (1931-2019) Brad Patterson Born in Matamata in 1931, the eldest son of a transient school-teaching family, Ray Grover’s early years were in small rural settlements at the Bay of Islands and on the Wanganui River. After…
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