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Strong on descriptive narrative, K R Howe

Years of the Pooh Bah: A Cook Islands History Dick Scott, Cook Islands Trading Company/ Hodder and Stoughton, Auckland, 1991, $49.95 This beautifully produced and heavily illustrated book is an account of the ‘ignorance’, ‘neglect and … vague benevolence’ that…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Pacific, Review

Issue 03 Spring 1991

  Volume 1 | Number 3 | Issue 3 | Autumn 1991 J M Thomson: “Looking forward” Les Cleveland: Paul Freyberg, Bernard Freyberg VC, Soldier of Two Nations Juliet Rowe: Pauline O’Regan, Aunts and Windmills; May Davis, May Elric Hooper: …
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Opera out in the cold: QEII’s recent policy review, Lindis Taylor

It would be easy to imagine that the arts establishment in New Zealand had a prejudice against opera so pervasive that no pains were spared to stifle it. The QEII Arts Council, for instance, is still widely mistrusted as a…
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Wry observations, Alison Parr

Kapiti Poems Five Rawhiti Press, Pukerua Bay, 1990, $15 Archipelago, The Ocean Soliloquies Denys Trussell, Hudson/ Cresset Publishing, Auckland, 1991, $17.95 Mikrokosmos Koenraad Kuiper, One Eyed Press, Waikanae, 1990, $15 Kapiti Poems Five is a sturdy collection stemming largely from…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

A pre-occupation with family, Ronda Cooper

Swimmers, Dancers Michelle Leggott, Auckland University Press, 1991, $16.95 The Other Hemisphere Jan Kemp, Three Continents Press/ Brick Row Publishing, Auckland, 1991, $19.95 Orpheus and other poems Meg Campbell, Te Kotare Press, Pukerua Bay, 1990, $15.95 Michelle Leggott’s second collection…
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A poetic resurgence, Tony Beyer

An Open Return Alan Riach, Untold Books, Wellington, 1991, $23 Paper Boats Peter Bland, John McIndoe, Dunedin, 1991, $16.95 The Man of Paradise Denys Trussell, Hudson/ Cresset, Auckland, (distrib Brick Row Publishers. PO Box 100-057, Auckland 10), 1991, $17.95 The…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Memories, dreams and idealisations, Emma Neale

Holy Terrors and Other Stories Amelia Batistich, Vintage Books, Random Century Group, Auckland, 1991, $19.95 How to belong, and where to find ‘home’, are the obsessions which unite the stories in this collection. These can tip over into a vivid…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review

Publisher profiles 1, October 1991

A bird in flight: The Godwit Press In the back garden of a Mount Eden home lies the office of one of the newest of publishing houses, the Godwit Press, set up by Jane Connor and Andrew Campbell in 1990,…
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Posted in History, Literature, Non-fiction

Creative use of language, Ken Arvidson

Selected Stories Patricia Grace, Penguin Books, Auckland, 1991, $19.95 Patricia Grace’s first two volumes of short stories, Waiariki (1975) and The Dream Sleepers (1980), and her first novel Mutuwhenua (1978), all contained glossaries giving the English meanings of the Maori…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review, Short stories

What to do with stranded whales, Stephanie Edmond

The Wildtrack Book Donna Bryant, Hodder and Stoughton, Auckland, 1990, $12.95 Did you know that people eat more sharks than sharks eat people? Or that the killer whale is neither a killer nor a whale, but a dolphin? Or that…
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Posted in Natural History, Non-fiction, Review
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