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The facts of lives, Bryan Gilling

Set in a Long Place: A Life from North to South Maurice Andrew Hazard Press, $29.95, ISBN 1877161586   Sorry to Bother You, Doctor Shirley Ferguson Cape Catley, $27.95, ISBN 0908561806 Bridging the Centuries Valerie Cowan Cape Catley, $24.95, ISBN 0908561784…
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Modern, John Campbell

Full Circle: A Modern Morality Tale Bob Jones Hazard Press, $24.95, ISBN 1877161764   Modern Morality Tale.” Let’s begin with those  words.  And of those words, there’s one in particular I really want you to think about: ”Modern”. “Modern” is…
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Blue-stockinged heroines, Rosemary McLeod

Rocking the Cradle: Contraception, Sex and Politics in New Zealand Helen Smyth Steele Roberts, $29.95, ISBN 1877228168   Women will recognise the subtext of Helen Smyth’s history as a record of their own families; not the families posing stiffly in…
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Posted in Gender, Health, Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review

“Out of emptiness breaking”, Janet Wilson

Collected Poems  Ruth Dallas 2nd ed, Otago University Press, $29.95, ISBN 1877133868 The Black Horse and other stories  Ruth Dallas Otago University Press, $24.95, ISBN 187713385X Today, at 80, Ruth Dallas is, apart from Allen Curnow, New Zealand’s most venerable…
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Letters — Issue 46

Reviewing the reviewer I am writing in response to the review of my book The Ambush, which appeared in the August issue of your magazine. Laurence Jenkins accuses me of “the clumsy telling of a not-very-interesting story”. Let’s take a…
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“’Tis desperate, so ‘tis” Tony Simpson

Burnt Barley Peta Mathias Vintage, $29.95, ISBN 1869414276 Irish at Heart Marie Gray HarperCollins, $24.95, ISBN 1865903449 It’s bound to continue to be one of the curiosities of this century – as it was of the last – that however…
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Posted in Memoir, Non-fiction, Review

Out of the twilight, Harry Ricketts interviews Kate De Goldi

Interview   Harry Ricketts (HR): Did books mean a lot to you as a child? Kate De Goldi (K De G): They were my whole life really. I was a remarkably sedentary child. My mother’s favourite description of me was…
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Light that fire, Lydia Wevers

Big Smoke: New Zealand Poems 1960-1975 eds Alan Brunton, Murray Edmond, Michele Leggott Auckland University Press, $49.95, ISBN 869402308 A thick black-and-white book with a beautiful cover illustration by Patrick Hanly taken from the second issue of Freed, Big Smoke…
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Experts in avoidance, Emma Neale

Nineteen Widows Under Ash Damien Wilkins Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 086473395X   Wilkins’ new novel, set in the United States, begins as Evelyn Herbert undertakes a road journey to her Pacific Northwest hometown. She has left her husband, and…
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The right, the bright and the light, Margo White

Belief Stephanie Johnson Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1869414365 Three Pretty Widows Barbara Else Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1869414403 Finding Tom Connor Sarah-Kate Lynch Black Swan, $24.95, ISBN 1869414314   It was a pleasure to find that the author of The Heart’s Wild…
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