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Jane Stafford: Who we are not like

(Writers and Readers Week) It is an assumption behind the existence of New Zealand Books that culture is self‑contained and self‑defining. Consequently, the logic goes, a journal devoted to reviewing books produced here will be coherent and make sense. This…
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Issue — 22 Letters

Letters, Issue 22, March 1996 Not a bowdler I thank Vincent O’Sullivan for his long and thoughtful review of Frank Sargeson: A Life (New Zealand Books, December 1995). I would like to make the following comments, however. I certainly did…
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Issue 22, Winter 1996

Issue 22, Winter 1996 Letters, March 1996 Jane Stafford: Who we are not like Hugh Roberts: An appreciation of Allen Curnow Bill Sewell: Hans Magnus Enzensberger: poet and commentator Mac Jackson: Ian Wedde, How to be Nowhere: Essays and Texts…
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Imaginary worlds, David Mackay and Lydia Wevers

The Southern Land, Known Gabriel de Foigny, David Fausett (trans and ed) Syracuse University Press, no price given ISBN 08156 25715 Writing the New World. Imaginary Voyages and Utopias of the Great Southern Land David Fausett Syracuse University Press, no…
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The way it was and isn’t, Colin James

All Honourable Men: Inside the Muldoon cabinet 1975‑1984 Hugh Templeton Auckland University Press, $39.95 ISBN 186940128X Goodbye to All That Bryan Gould Macmillan, £16.99 ISBN 033363800X I’ve Been Thinking Richard Prebble Seaview, $19.95 ISBN 1869581709 “A prudent punter would conclude…
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Time of energy and change, Howard Warner

The Picador Book of Contemporary New Zealand Fiction Fergus Barrowman (ed) Picador $24.95 ISBN 0330 339966 From the Mainland: An Anthology of South Island Writing  Lawrence Jones and Heather Murray (eds) Godwit $29.95 ISBN 0908877 501 Between the publishing histories…
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After the world had changed, Gary Hawke

The Great Experiment: Labour Parties and Public Policy Transformation in Australia and New Zealand Francis Castles, Rolf Gerritsen and Jack Vowles (eds) Auckland University Press, $39.95 ISBN 1869401344 The New Zealand Experiment Jane Kelsey Auckland University Press/Bridget Williams Books, $39.95…
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Putting it all behind them, Christopher Pugsley

Dark Laughter: War in Song and Popular Culture Les Cleveland Praeger, US$49.95 ISBN 0275947645 Silent Casualties: New Zealand’s Unspoken Legacy of the Second World War Alison Parr Tandem Press, $29.95 ISBN 0908884672 Whistle As You Go: The Story of the…
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Making their marx? Piet de Jong

Putting our Town on the Map: Local Claims to Fame in New Zealand  Claudia Bell and John Loyal HarperCollins, $39.95 ISBN 1869501837 What a great subject for a book: a breezy study of the marketing campaigns, slogans, symbols and signs…
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Hyde and seeking China, Diana Bridge

New Zealand Women in China Tom Newnham Graphic Publications, $19.95 ISBN 0473030055 The title of Tom Newnham’s book, New Zealand Women in China, comes in the colours of the Chinese flag. The subtext is provided by Rewi Alley: “Unsung Kiwi…
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