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Popular parlance, Peter Ireland

New Zealand: a century of images  Paul Thompson Te Papa Press, $49.95, ISBN 0 909010 45 5 There is sometimes a phrase, a picture or a juxtaposition of both in a book that inadvertently clarifies its nature more than any…
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Letters — Issue 37

Checking the coordinates Professor Fairburn has written a thoughtful and careful review of the New Zealand Historical Atlas (August 1988 issue). It’s not practicable to respond to everything he wrote but comment on five main points seems worthwhile. 1: Rejection…
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Tickled and moved, Peter Vere-Jones

Under the Bridge & Over the Moon Kevin Ireland Vintage, $29.95, ISBN 1 86941 363 6 bums on seats: The Backstage Story Roger Hall Penguin, $44.95, ISBN 0 670 88366 2 What makes a writer?  As requested, I read these…
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Posted in Autobiography, Non-fiction, Review

Out of the war zone, Pat Gilberd

When Parents Part How Kids Adapt: What Hurts What Heals  Rhonda Pritchard Penguin, $24.95, ISBN 0 14 027790 0 When It’s Over: When a Relationship ends: New Zealanders talk about their experience of separation and divorce Michaelanne Forster Penguin, $24.95,…
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Public postures, private lives, Erik Olssen

Waiting for the Revolution James Edwards David Ling, $24.95, ISBN 0 908990 51 0 Never a White Flag: The Memoirs of Jock Barnes   ed Tom Bramble Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0 86374 344 5 When I was an undergraduate…
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Touched by an angel, Linda Burgess 

The Vintner’s Luck  Elizabeth Knox Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0 86473 342 9 Put up your hand if you don’t know that Elizabeth Knox was delirious with a combination of fever and exhaustion, had a dream that lasted days,…
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Poem — Jan Hutchison

The long sleep is over when this child comes to stay. The house thinks spring is here for ever. It stretches its arms out to the sky and windows and doors breathe gulps of rushing air. You can hear the…
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More realist than feminist, Lawrence Jones

The Best of Fiona Kidman’s Short Stories Vintage, $29.95, ISBN 1 86941 350 4 Some years ago I was judge for the Bank of New Zealand Katherine Mansfield Awards, and one of the best stories entered, one that made my…
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The emptiness within, Heather Murray

The Lonely Margins of the Sea Shonagh Koea Vintage, $29.95, ISBN 1 86941 348 2 On the lonely margins of society, Shonagh Koea’s women conduct their lives. It is a rich territory evidently, for after five novels and two volumes…
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Subtle use of myth, Nelson Wattie

Baby No-Eyes Patricia Grace Penguin, $29.95, ISBN 0 14 027993 8 In Writing Along Broken Lines: Violence and Ethnicity in Contemporary Maori Fiction {reviewed on p22], Otto Heim expresses surprise that writers like Patricia Grace and Witi Ihimaera have shocked…
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