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Too many toppings, Ruth Nichol

Human Remains Denis Welch David Ling, $29.95, ISBN 0 908990 65 0 I know, I know – Andrea Porter would never have got through to Allen Terrill on his cellphone. It would have been switched off or out of range,…
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Secrets and lies, Fleur Beale

Love and Other Excuses Jane Westaway Longacre, $14.95, ISBN 1 877135 28 3 Hostel Girl Maurice Gee Penguin, $15.95, ISBN 0 14 130653 X Jerome William Taylor Longacre, $14.95, ISBN 1 877135 29 1 I started reading Love and Other…
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Posted in Literature, Review, Young adults

Hard acts to follow, Richard Smith

Mechanical Harry and the Flying Bicycle Bob Kerr Mallinson Rendel,  $14.95, ISBN 0 908783 38 8 The Little Yellow Digger at the Zoo Betty Gilderdale and Alan Gilderdale Scholastic, $14.95, ISBN 1 86943 448 X Grandma McGarvey Goes to School…
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Posted in Children, Literature, Review

Hard looks at a hard emotion, Sarah Quigley

New Zealand Love Stories ed Fiona Kidman Oxford University Press, $45.00, ISBN 0 19 558399 X There’s a line in Maurice Duggan’s story “Along Rideout Road That Summer” which could be blazoned across the cover of this new anthology. The…
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Posted in Literature, Review, Short stories

Obituary – Lauris Edmond

Lauris Edmond (1924 – 2000) Lauris Edmond died at home without warning on Friday 28 January 2000. We lost a major poet, an accomplished woman of letters, and a marvellous personality. The shock that united mourners in Old St Paul’s…
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NZ Pastoral, Geoff Park

Out of Town: Writing from the New Zealand Countryside ed John Gordon Reed, $34.95, ISBN 0 908704 95 X An Australian friend of mine, an anthropologist, has a particular thing about “country”. From her studies with Aboriginal people, and the…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

New twists for old, Harry Ricketts

Parodies Regained A K Grant Hazard, $19.95, ISBN 1 877161 23 3 Literary parody, though it subverts and pokes fun at literary tradition, has evolved a richly varied anti-tradition of its own. One fairly recent strand of this, dating from…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

An eye on the ball, Graham Mourie

Rights of Passage: Beyond the New Zealand Identity Crisis Chris Laidlaw Hodder Moa  Beckett, $29.95, ISBN 1 86958 723 5 Chris Laidlaw was a quality All Black in the late 1960s, who achieved prominence by firing a Parthian shot at…
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Posted in Economics, Non-fiction, Review

A colourful life, Belinda Cullinan

Shona McFarlane, A Memoir Shona McFarlane Penguin, $49.95, ISBN 0 14 028481 8 Shona McFarlane follows in the tradition of 19th-century New Zealand women artists who sketched and painted their families, friends and immediate surroundings. This charming memoir, her sixth…
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Posted in Art, Memoir, Non-fiction, Review

Take one, Alistair Paterson

Shoot Mark Pirie Sudden Valley Press, $16.95, ISBN 0 9583684 4 9 Poetry has become increasingly a difficult art form: it demands something more than the tossing off of a few casual thoughts and feelings and putting them onto paper.…
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