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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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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 to

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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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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;  this

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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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Climbing Mount Curnow, Hugh Roberts

Journal of New Zealand Literature 15 Department of English, University of Otago, $20.00, ISSN 0112 1227 In 1996, the Association of New Zealand Literature held a conference with the announced theme of “Curnow, Caxton, and the Canon”. The Journal of

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“The book? This is people.” Jane Stafford

Jean Devanny: Romantic Revolutionary  Carole Ferrier Melbourne University Press, $71.95, ISBN 0 522 84847 8   Faced with the duty of celebrating the new millennium adequately, most New Zealanders saw the challenge in terms of geographical location. Where to be

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Editorial — Issue 45

Annus mirabilis for poetry This issue includes reviews of collections by five of our major poets – Lauris Edmond, Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, C K Stead, Jenny Bornholdt and Andrew Johnston. While this might seem an unusually generous allocation, in fact it

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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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