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Issue 34 | August 1998

Volume 8 | Number 3 | Issue 34 | August 1998   Lauris Edmond homes in on Michael Jackson’s twin lives: Michael Jackson, The Blind Impress Bill Sewell: Burns Fellowship 40th anniversary reunion, 22 May 1998 (comment) Laurence Jenkins: Jeff…
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Putting the New Right right, Joe Wallis

In Stormy Seas: The Post-War New Zealand Economy Brian Easton Otago University Press, $39.95 ISBN 1 87713308 6 Brian Easton’s account of New Zealand’s post-war economic performance has already received some mixed reviews. In view of the generally critical stance…
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Letters – Issue 34

Syllables and stresses In his review of my revised edition of Ursula Bothell: Collected Poems in the March 1998 issue of New Zealand Books, Hugh Roberts writes: In the extended discussion of Bethell’s debt to Hopkins, … O’Sullivan asserts that…
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Double life, Lauris Edmond

The Blind Impress Michael Jackson Dunmore Press $29.95 ISBN 0 8646307 9 Supposing that one of a reviewers tasks is to interpret, I begin by imagining how a reader will first encounter The Blind Impress in a bookshop. The cover…
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Second time around, Elizabeth Webby

The Oxford History of New Zealand Literature in English (2nd edition) Terry Sturm (ed) Oxford University Press, $89.95 ISBN 0 19558385 X That a second edition of this substantial reference-work has been required less than a decade after it was…
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One degree of separation, Claire Murdoch

JAAM 7 Mark Pirie (ed) JAAM 8 Paul Wolffram (ed) $7.00, ISBN 1 733633 X Takahe 31 Nick Ascroft (ed) $0.00, ISBN 0 114413 8 Printout 21 Diane Brown (ed) $12.95, ISBN 1 1710438 Sport 18 and 19 James Brown…
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What do you think of New Zealand? Lloyd James

The Hard Light Stuart Hoar Penguin, $29.95 ISBN 0 14027505 3 Live Bodies Maurice Gee Penguin, $34.95 ISBN 0 140273808 4 Burn my head in Heaven John Pule Penguin, $24.95 ISBN 0 14027374 3 Last year I read Drowning, a…
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Roots for fruits, Laurence Jenkins

Sucking Feijoas Jeff Buchanan Tandem Press, $24.95 ISBN 187717824 1 Wilde’s “love that dare not speak its name” now declaims lustily from the rooftops, but which name? For men, as if homosexual weren’t confusing enough with its origins in both…
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Half-baked and home-cooked, Jane Westaway

having words with you Sarah Quigley Penguin Books, $24.95 ISBN 0 14027376 X In a fishbone church Catherine Chidgey Victoria University Press, $24.95 ISBN 0 86473335 6 You can’t consider two first books by young women writers without being reminded…
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Only kidding, Julie Eberly

Hark William Taylor Scholastic, $11.95 ISBN 1 86943 397 1 Uncle Trev’s Teeth Jack Lasenby Cape Catley, $24.95 ISBN 0 90856166 0 Bad grammar and quickly dated vernacular are the most significant problems in William Taylor’s use of a first…
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