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An indispensable resource, Alan Wells

Weavers of Song: Polynesian Music and Dance  Mervyn McLean Auckland University Press, $79.95, ISBN 1 86940 212 X   A companion volume to the same author’s Maori Music 1996: reviewed in our March 1998 issue), Mervyn McLean’s Weavers of Song…
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An (extra)ordinary bloke, Margaret Clark

His Way: A Biography of Robert Muldoon Barry Gustafson Auckland University Press, $59.95, ISBN 1 86940 236 7   Sir Robert Muldoon was the dominant figure in the political life of a generation of New Zealanders. He was Minister of…
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Posted in Biography, Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review

Fifty years on Barbara Murison

Three’s a Crowd Penelope Huber Longacre, $14.95, ISBN 1877135267 2MUCH4U Vince Ford Scholastic, $12.95, ISBN 1869434161 Golden Prince Ken Catran Lothian Books, $19.95, ISBN 0734400373 Going for Gold Trevor Wilson Scholastic, $12.95, ISBN 1869434404   Earlier this year I realised…
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Posted in Children, Fiction, Literature, Review, Young adults

Refreshing the text, Jan Cronin

Her Side of the Story: Readings of Mander, Mansfield, & Hyde Mary Paul Otago University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1 877133 71 X,   One of the many problems of Mary Paul’s Her Side of the Story: Readings of Mander, Mansfield,…
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Posted in Gender, Literature, Review

Poem — Brian Turner

Thinking of you   I found a note you’d written to me too many years ago. You said Good luck whatever you choose to do and, later, It makes no sense to me when referring to something someone else had…
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A sense of completeness, John O’Connor

Gallipoli & Other Poems Alistair Te Ariki Campbell Wai-te-ata Press, $24.95, ISBN 1 877159 08 5 In 1971 I wandered into a Christchurch bookshop and asked for the poems of Ezra “Pond”. I was doing UE at night tech; someone…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Stead among the Romans, John Davidson

The Right Thing C K Stead Auckland University Press, $19.95, ISBN 1 86940 221 9   On the dust jacket of his 1972 collection Crossing the Bar can be read the words: “C K Stead is not a prolific poet; …
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Less than the bare facts, Jane Tolerton

Freda Stark: Her Extraordinary Life Dianne Haworth and Diane Miller HarperCollins, $39.95, ISBN 1 86950 352 X The dramatic moment of Freda Stark: Her Extraordinary Life comes at the end of the second chapter when Thelma, Freda’s friend and lover,…
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Great expectations, John McCrystal

The Dream of Nikau Jam  Peter Hawes Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1 86941 421 7 The Craymore Affair Kevin Ireland Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1 86941 426 8 One of the great fears among actors is being typecast, bound up in the…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review

Patchwork, Deborah Montgomerie

Fragments: New Zealand Social and Cultural History  ed Bronwyn Dalley and Bronwyn Labrum Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1 86940 185 9 Fragments bills itself as a step towards a Brave New World of sophisticated histories of New Zealand life,…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology
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