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Obscuring the prominent, Miles Fairburn

The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography; Volume Four; 1921-1940 ed Claudia Orange Auckland University Press and Dept of Internal Affairs, $130.00, ISBN 8694 203 0 The dictionary of biography project has been a boon for academic historians working in New…
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Good keen women, Ginette McDonald

Stroppy Sheilas and Gutsy Girls  Sandra Coney Tandem Press, $24.95, ISBN 1 87717 829 2 In a memorable scene in the 1973 BBC TV drama series Shoulder to Shoulder, an evocation of the suffrage move-ment in Great Britain, Lady Constance’s…
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Endurance and beyond, Chris Orsman

Shackleton’s Captain: a Biography of Frank Worsley John Bell Thomson Hazard Press, $49.95, ISBN 1 877161 40 3 In April this year a major exhibition, entitled “The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition”, opened at the American Museum of Natural History…
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Poem – Leonard Lambert

One Man Drowning Tony once your world was Nugget-bright and new but not far out from the Fifties you ran aground (and funnily enough it’s rust that most recalls you) and the gulls, your girls, began to crap all over…
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Editorial – Issue 38

Salute to Lauris Edmond On behalf of New Zealand Books, we’d like to offer Lauris Edmond our very best wishes on her 75th birthday, which she celebrated in April. At the same time, we’d like to express our appreciation of…
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A rebore with the engine running, Harvey McQueen

Reforming Education: The New Zealand Experience 1984-1996 Graham and Susan Butterworth Dunmore Press, $39.95, ISBN 0 86469 334 6 The book’s cover shows five scowling youngsters – not a good introduction to an account of the most far-reaching structural change…
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New flames, Helen Rickerby

Poetry NZ 18 ed Alistair Paterson Brick Row, $17.95, ISSN 0114 5770 The Second New Zealand Haiku Anthology ed Cyril Childs New Zealand Poetry Society, $18.95, 
ISBN 0 473 05374 8 climbing the flame tree ed Vivienne Jepsen New Zealand…
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Part character study, part thriller, Michael Morrissey

Believers to the Bright Coast Vincent O’Sullivan Penguin, $29.95, ISBN 0 14 028027 8 Like such men of letters as C K Stead and Ian Wedde, Vincent O’Sullivan has been fruitfully exploring all the major literary genres – poetry, short…
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Literary dream team, Susan Paris

Menton Writers Day Times are usually tough in Writerville. But just when it looked like someone was going to have to tow a caravan onto the lawn of the French Embassy, a sponsor was found for the Katherine Mansfield Fellowship.…
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Back to the 30s, Vincent O’Sullivan

Never a Soul at Home: New Zealand Literary Nationalism and the 1930s Stuart Murray Victoria University Press, $44.95, ISBN 0 86473 341 0 An Englishman, teaching in Dublin, who takes our most carefully constructed decade, insinuates himself into one of…
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