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Fun for the very young, Nicola Chilton

Food is Fun for Young Cooks Dianne Lowry and Jan van der Voo, Book 2 Hodder & Stoughton, Auckland, 1991, $19.95 This book states it is ‘a perfect introduction for 7-12 year-olds to the delights of cooking’. About a quarter…
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Letters – Issue 5

The legacies of history I should like to comment upon some very misleading remarks in the review by Mr B J Poff of my recent book, Kinds of Peace, Maori People after the Wars, 1870-85, (March 1992). In my preface,…
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Boys at centre-stage, Vivien Joseph

Uncle Trev and The Great South Island Plan Jack Lasenby, Cape Catley, Whatamongo Bay, 1991, $14.95 Does Daniel Wilmott Tell Lies? Juliet Martin, Hazard Press, Christchurch, 1991 The Boy At The Door and Other Stories of the Supernatural  Anthony Holcroft,…
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June 1992: Literary biography, House Notes

Station Life in New Zealand Lady Barker, illustrated edition, Random Century, Auckland, 1991, $45 First published in 1870, Lady Barker’s perceptive account of three years spent on a sheep station in the foothills of the Southern Alps has remained fresh,…
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Parrots and paintings, Tom Fitzgibbon

The Story of the Kakapo: Parrot of the night Philip Temple and Chris Gaskin, Hodder and Stoughton, Auckland, $9.95 Matarawa House Rhondda Greig, Hazard Press, Christchurch, 1991, $21.50 For the many summertime trampers such as myself, the name of Philip…
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Posted in Art, History, Non-fiction, Review

The Dictionary in retrospect, John Roberts

The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, Volume One, 1769-1869,  Allen and Unwin (Bridget Williams Books) and the Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington, 1990, $120 Christendom is essentially a construct of biography. The Gospels relate the temporal genealogy, life and death…
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Natural World, House Notes, June 1992

The World of Albatrosses and The World of Penguins Chris Gaskin, and Neville Peat, with photographs by Kim Westerskov, Hodder and Stoughton, Auckland, 1991, each $19.95 Those who have visited the Taiaroa Head Royal albatross colony and been fortunate enough…
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Glowing with insight and honesty, Alison Parr

You Are My Darling Zita Glenn Busch, Godwit, Auckland, 1991, $44.95 Glenn Busch has created an extraordinary book. Through the stories of six ‘ordinary people’ he has crafted a revealing and deeply moving account of the process of ageing. Hours…
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Issues of shared identity, Peter Beatson

Pakeha: The Quest For Identity in New Zealand Michael King (ed), Penguin Books, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 I came to this book already blooded from a remarkably bad-tempered review by Maurice Shadbolt, in which he variously described the contributors as numb…
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Publisher Profiles 3, Geoff Walker of Penguin Books, Kevin Ireland

Penguin’s Geoff Walker is an easy person to talk to; he puts himself out to be available for seminars and panel discussions, book launchings and other literary events. Many of his writers are close friends. He is a committed publisher…
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