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Issue 45 | October 2000

  Volume 10 | Number 4 | Issue 45 | October 2000 Vincent O’Sullivan: Michael King, Wrestling with the Angel: a life of Janet Frame Christopher Harris: “Unflagging efforts” (poem) Editorial Correspondence John O’Connor: Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, Gallipoli &…
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More than kisses, Chris Hobley

Posted Love: New Zealand love letters Sophie Jerram Penguin, $24.95, ISBN 0 14 029010 9 In March 1888, James Crooks left Wanganui on the 300-mile walk back to his home in Petone, hoping to pick up odd jobs so as…
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Letters – Issue 45

Untwisting Lyotard Peter Munz’s letter and recent review of my jointly authored book with Peter Roberts, University Futures and the Politics of Reform in New Zealand, in the August issue, both suffer from the intemperate criticisms and personal obsessions that…
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Pome – Emma Neale

Owl-glass   The first time, the eye spies a spy-glass: owl-glass a till now unheard word: thick spectacles, monocle, binoculars to track nocturnal birds? Or a barometer that measures owl-weather? Dusky, silt-blue, cool, without night the feel of night, the…
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Revision and revisionism, Philip Temple

Mr Explorer Douglas John Pascoe’s New Zealand classic revised by Graham Langton Canterbury University Press, $39.95, ISBN 0 908812 95 7 For bushmen, trampers and mountaineers, the exploits and writings of 19th century explorer Charlie Douglas have become folkloric. Enduring…
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A breath of fresh sound, Harvey McQueen

Birds of Europe Andrew Johnston Victoria University Press, $19.95, ISBN 0 86473 386 0 These Days Jenny Bornholdt Victoria University Press, $19.95, ISBN 0 86473 385 2   Delacroix remarked that to be a poet when one is twenty is…
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The (naive) Kiwi abroad, Tina Shaw

Allons Enfants Linda Burgess Longacre Press, $24.95, ISBN 1 877135 43 7 Seasons in Tuscany Allan Parker Penguin, $24.95, ISBN 0 14 029441 4 Travel writing’s a fairly new genre for New Zealanders. James MeNeish did well with Sicily; Jean…
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Likely stories, Norman Bilbrough

Being a writer requires three essentials. In rough proportion they are 90% determination (in other words, hard work), 8% talent (which includes imagination), and 2% luck. I suspect that those who think that creative writing classes are pointless would see…
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She made a good end, Roger Robinson

Late Song Lauris Edmond Auckland University Press, $19.95, ISBN 1 86940 235 9 The obsequies are over, the elegies written, and we reluctantly begin to think of Wellington without her. Seven months after a death that caused more public grief…
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“A definitive affirmative”, Paula Boock

Just Looking, Thanks David Hill Penguin, $14.95, ISBN 0 14 130681 5 Time Out David Hill Mallinson Rendell, $14.95, ISBN 0 908783 43 4 Boots ‘n’ All David Hill Scholastic, $11.95, ISBN 1 86943 395 5 Impact David Hill Penguin,…
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