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Stoic endurances, David Green

‘My hand will write what my heart dictates’: The unsettled lives of women in nineteenth-century New Zealand as revealed to sisters, family and friends ed Frances Porter and Charlotte Macdonald with Tui MacDonald Auckland University Press/Bridget Williams Books, $49.95, ISBN…
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The making of a ‘too hospitable’ canon, Mac Jackson

An Anthology of New Zealand Poetry in English ed Jenny Bornholdt, Gregory O’Brien and Mark Williams Oxford University Press, $49.95, ISBN 0 19 558338 8 “I cannot think that real poets have any competition,”  wrote Blake. But we lesser mortals…
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An anxious Kiwi psyche, Bill Oliver

An anthology of New Zealand poetry in English My brief is to look at this anthology from a socio-historical point of view. But before a document can be used as historical evidence it is necessary to ask what kind of…
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Issue 27 — Letters

Alternatives Your review of my book, Rebuilding New Zealand, was at best a Clayton’s review, by a member of the financial establishment (the head of investment strategy for AMP Investments) who has an evident stake in the social and economic…
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What new is there to tell? Miles Fairburn

Lands for the People? The Highland Clearances and the Colonisation of New Zealand: a Biography of John McKenzie Tom Brooking Otago University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1 877133 21 3 There have been three reformist governments in New Zealand history. The…
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Issue 27 — Spring 1997

Volume 7 | Number 1 | Issue 27 | Spring 1997   Brian Easton: Why we are getting poverty wrong and what we need to do Mac Jackson and Bill Oliver pick over the new Oxford anthology Janet Wilson admires…
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About time we had some facts, Brian Easton

Children of the Poor: How poverty could destroy New Zealand’s future Mike Moore Canterbury University Press, $19:95, ISBN 0 908812 67 1 In 1980 the National cabinet withdrew the government subsidy to CORSO, nominally because it had produced a film…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Distracting rhetoric, Janet Hughes

Blowing My Top Kevin Ireland Penguin Books, $24.95, ISBN 0 140 25645 8 The opening of Blowing My Top discovers the hero, Darby Fulljames, in full cry, venting his discontent at his bankruptcy, disgrace and incarceration. Reading it, I couldn’t…
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Gripping, lyrical Kidman, Janet Wilson

Ricochet Baby Fiona Kidman Vintage, $29.95, ISBN 1 86941 304 0 Fiona Kidman is today more than ever in command of her craft. Ricochet Baby, her new novel— and first book since the semi-autobiographical volume, Palm Prints (1994) — will…
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The law, Not one for cultural cringe, Bill Sewell

Salmond: Southern Jurist Alex Frame Victoria University Press, $49.95, ISBN 0 86473 286 4 The name Sir John Salmond will mean little to most New Zealanders. Historians may be familiar with him as an influential Solicitor-General from 1910 to 1920…
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