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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 of

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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 expressions used. The later novel Potiki (1986) and

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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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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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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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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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Chronicler of our ‘provincial’ past, Lawrence Jones

Always the Islands of Memory Noel Virtue, Vintage Books, Random Century Group, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 Noel Virtue’s fourth novel appeared in England early this year and like his third one In the Country of Salvation received favourable attention, Christopher Hawtree in The Spectator going

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Addressing the crystal ball, Ben Gray

Unsettled Outlook, New Zealand in a Greenhouse World Matt McGlone, Tom Clarkson and Blair Fitzharris GP Books, Wellington, 1990, $19.95 Historical Taranaki: An Archaeological Guide Nigel Prickett, GP Books, Wellington, 1990, $19.95 The ‘Greenhouse effect’ has entered our vocabulary. Most

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Determined industry? Andrew Mason

Foreigners Mike Johnson, Penguin, Auckland, 1991, $19.95 Distortions John Connor, Reed Books, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 Man with Two Arms and other Stories Norman Bilbrough, Vintage, Auckland, 1991, $19.95 The Lie of the Land Michael Henderson, John McIndoe, Dunedin, 1991, $19.95 Shallow

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Two outstanding plant books, Kerry Carman

Flowering Plants of New Zealand Colin Webb, Peter Johnson and Bill Sykes DSIR Botany, Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1990, $39.95 Wildflowers of New Zealand Owen Bishop Hodder and Stoughton, Auckland, 1990, $39.95 ‘Wildflower air is the sweetest air’, wrote Richard Jeffries

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