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A new young voice, Kirsty Cochrane

The Kite Ron Bacon and Kelvin Hawley, Hodder & Stoughton, Auckland, 1991, $10.95 Out Walked Mel Paula Boock, John McIndoe, Dunedin, 1991, $16.95 A picture-book format, and a story that doesn’t quite match: which could be a short-story for slightly…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review, Young adults

The intensity of departures from home, Emma Neale

The City Far from Home Margaret Sutherland, Hodder & Stoughton (Sceptre), Auckland, 1991, $19.95 The ‘City’ in the title of Sutherland’s collection of short stories takes on various forms: an island village in Fiji, or mentions of travel to locations…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review, Short stories

Story-telling for all, Bruce Morris

Uncle Trev Jack Lasenby, Cape Catley, Whatamongo Bay, 1991, $14.95 Jack Lasenby has for some time now been delighting young New Zealanders (and those adults fortunate to have come across them) with his stories about Uncle Trev. Based firmly in…
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Posted in Children, Fiction, Literature, Review

Honest and substantial, W S Broughton

Barbed Wire and Mirrors: Essays on New Zealand prose Lawrence Jones, Second edition, University of Otago Press (distrib John McIndoe Ltd, Dunedin), 1991, $39.95 Lawrence Jones has been writing about New Zealand fiction for at least twenty-five years now, and…
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Posted in Literature

Gavin McLean: Diverse and shorter reviews

The Great New Zealand Fossil Book: Pictures of Ancient Life in an Evolving Land Ron Brazier, Ian Keyes and Graeme Stevens, DSIR Geology and Geophysics, Wellington, 1990, $49.95 On Shaky Ground: a Geological Guide to the Wellington Metropolitan Region Graeme…
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Posted in History, Natural History, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Sidewinder as demon, Bernie Steeds

Sidewinder Alistair Campbell, Reed Books, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 Readers first meet Sidewinder about half way through Alistair Campbell’s 1989 novel The Frigate Bird. The novel’s narrator — a Cook Islands-born writer prone to rather extreme flights of fancy — is…
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Changing women’s lives, Rosemary du Plessis

Springs in My Heels: Stories About Women and Change Alison Gray, Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, 1991, $27.95 Ladies a Plate: Change and Continuity in the Lives of New Zealand Women Julie Park (ed), Auckland University Press, Auckland, 1991, $29.95 Both…
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Posted in Gender, History, Non-fiction, Review

Two sisters and a witch, Rebekah Palmer

The Word Burners Beryl Fletcher, Daphne Brasell Associates, Wellington, 1991, $19.95 Finding Out Elspeth Sandys, Vintage New Zealand, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 The night-witch is invoked early in The Word Burners. The main character, Julia, tells her children of a lonely…
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Catherine Healy: Giving sex workers a voice

Working Girls Jan Jordan, Penguin, Auckland, 1991, $29.95 In 1987 when the Prostitutes Collective was established largely in response to the AIDS pandemic, it was necessary to turn to overseas experience for guidance. It was all very interesting reading about…
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Posted in Gender, Health, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Lighthouses illuminated, J H Sutherland

Leading Lights: Lighthouses of New Zealand Anna Gibbons, photographs by Grant Sheehan, Hazard Press, Christchurch, 1991, $44.95 Just after Easter 1990, the keepers were withdrawn from The Brothers Lighthouse in Cook Strait, the last New Zealand light to be de-manned…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Photography, Review
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