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Really real, Mark Amery

The Spit Children Jo Randerson Victoria University Press, $19.95, ISBN 0864733968   There was once this young woman who liked to make up stories. They were the kind of stories you might have made up for your best friend when…
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Editorial — Issue 47

Valuing writers One of the many reasons New Zealand Books exists is for the sake of writers. Of course, we exist for readers too. Without our readers, both the specialist ones and those who have a general interest in New…
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In the wars, Piers Reid

The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Military History ed Ian McGibbon, with the assistance of Paul Goldstone Oxford University Press, $89.95, ISBN 0195583760   The 20th century has seen a significant readjustment of New Zealand’s outlook on matters of defence.…
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Letters—Issue 47

Anachronisms and artistry Has anyone else noticed the anachronisms in Charlotte Randall’s The Curative (reviewed in the December 2000 issue)? The text is littered with them. The majority do not derive from matters of fact but from linguistic disjunctions so…
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Certainties/doubts, Kate Camp

the long road to teatime Anna Jackson Auckland University Press, $19.95, ISBN 1869402235 Writing Lives – Ending Silences Mike Minehan Hazard Press, $21.95, ISBN 1877161853 I have admired Anna Jackson’s poetry in various journals, and as part of the AUP…
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Issue 47 Spring 1999

  Volume 9 | Number 3 | Issue 47 | Spring 1999 Julia Millen: Colin Hogg, A Life in Loose Strides: the story of Barry Crump Editorial Correspondence Jan Kemp: “Rain” (poem) Dale Williams: W V Kerr & John Kerr,…
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Hat-tricks, Geoff Robinson

The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, volume 5 (1941-1960) Auckland University Press/Department of Internal Affairs, $130.00, ISBN 1869402243   When asked to review this fifth volume of The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, my first reaction was “why me?”; and…
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Reeling in the years, Diana Noonan

After the War  Bob Kerr Mallinson Rendel, $22.95, ISBN 0908783515 Hedgehog Howdedo Lynley Dodd Mallinson Rendel, $22.95, ISBN 0908783558 Mouse Hotel Pamela and Richard Wolf Random House, $26.95, ISBN 1869414497 I Heard a Blackbird Singing  Mayne Thompson (illustrations by Barbara…
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The freedom within, Nelson Wattie

Skylark Lounge Nigel Cox Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864733925 In Nigel Cox’s second novel, Dirty Work, Nif, a woman rebelling against the controlling hand of Hendy, the master of her world, has a message tattooed on her back –…
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Strangers in a strange land, Chris Else

A Spider-Web Season and The Transfer Station  Russell Haley Hazard Press, $24.95, ISBN 1877161799   Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold …” This line from Yeats is the epigraph to Russell Haley’s first book, The Walled Garden (1972). It…
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