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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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Posted in Children, Fiction, Literature, Review

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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Rolling the credits, Nicholas Reid

Reframing Women – a History of New Zealand Film  Deborah Shepard HarperCollins, $59.95, ISBN 1869503147   Books that set out to be histories of an art form are always doing two things simultaneously – documenting and criticising. Deborah Shepard’s Reframing…
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A response from the publishers

The basic premise of your editorial in the December 2000 issue (“Publishers behaving badly”) was quite reasonable. Publishers should indeed accept or reject submissions, or discuss a continuation of consideration with authors within three months. Unfortunately, the editorial tends to…
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Poem — Paul Wolffram

Reader   In writing, I can’t help but remember with intimate indifference the vein that runs parallel to your neck. Entering bone just below and in front of your earlobe, where it’s riven with vein purpose beneath your lower row…
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Passion and precision, Chris Laidlaw

A Lucky Man Keith Quinn Shoal Bay Press, $44.95, ISBN 0908704917 It is one of life’s idiosyncrasies that the nicer a guy is, the more some people will feel compelled to hate him. Keith Quinn, the doyen of television sports…
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