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Quiet successes, Elizabeth Caffin

Good at Geography Jane Westaway Penguin, $24.95, ISBN 0 14 029142 3 The Company of a Daughter Paddy Richardson Steele Roberts, $24.95, ISBN 0 95 837128 8 Across the Dreaming Night Judith White Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1 86941 412 8…
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Wrongs and remedies, Lorna Dyall

Maori Health and Government Policy 1840-1940 Derek Dow Victoria University Press, $39.95, ISBN 0 86473 366 6 May the People Live: A History of Maori Health Development 1900-1920 Raeburn Lange Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1 86940 214 6 Whaiora:…
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Victims of the times, Les Cleveland

Massacre at Passchendaele: The New Zealand Story Glyn Harper HarperCollins, $39.95, ISBN 1 86950 342 2 Dear Lizzie: A Kiwi Soldier Writes from the Battlefields of World War One ed Chrissie Ward HarperCollins, $34.95, ISBN 1 86950 340 6 Private…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review, War

Genre-blending, Janet Hughes

Russian Dolls Bronwyn Tate Otago University Press, $24.95, ISBN 1 877133 77 9 Spirit Writing Adrienne Jansen HarperCollins, $24.95, ISBN 1 86950 317 1 Genre can be a tool or a trap. By the time a particular predicament has been…
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Jib-booms and bobstays, Anne French

Southern Breeze: a history of yachting in New Zealand Harold Kidd, Robin Elliott, and David Pardon Viking, $74.95, ISBN 0 670 88650 5 Salt beneath the skin: Seafaring Kiwis tell their stories ed Tessa Duder HarperCollins, $29.95, ISBN 1 86950…
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Dynamic Māori plays, David O’Donnell

Ta Matou Mangai: Three Plays of the 1990s. ed Hone Kouka Victoria University Press, $ 24.95, ISBN 0 86473 348 8 The publication of He Reo Hou, the first anthology of Maori plays, in 1990 was a landmark event, acknowledging…
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Objects in a landscape, Bill Sewell

The Art of Grahame Sydney Grahame Sydney and contributors Longacre Press, $99.95, ISBN 1 877135 31 3 The Central Otago I know does not figure much in Grahame Sydney’s art. The particular area I remember best is the Strath Taieri,…
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Europhiles, Neo-Americans et al, Margot Schwass

The Flamingo Anthology of New Zealand Short Stories ed Michael Morrissey HarperCollins, $29.95, ISBN 1 86950 335 X Editing an anthology of New Zealand fiction must be one of life’s more thankless tasks. Whether motivated by even-handedness and some sense…
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Poem – Martin Sutton

The Fox’s Wedding In memory of Richard Dadd, painter, d.1886 1 It’s the light at the end of a certain kind of day Just when the sun’s gone down The cloud clears from the far horizon But overhead it hangs…
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Dancing in time, Alison Gray

The Gendered Kiwi  ed Caroline Daley and Deborah Montgomerie Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1 86940 219 7 Girls and Women, Men and Boys: Gender in Taradale 1886-1930 Caroline Daley Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1 86940 211 1 “Will…
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