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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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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

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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Twenty-five women spanning two generations, Rosemary du Plessis

Minding Children: Managing Men: Conflict and Compromise in the Lives of Postwar Pakeha Women Helen May, Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, 1992, $34.95 Did Pakeha women after the Second World War happily retreat into their home – tying on their aprons,…
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Posted in Gender, History, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Poem — Michael Harlow

No problem, but not easy   This is the Green Man He lives at the corner of Hello Street and Goodbye. He lives in a house. Alchemy House. When you stand close to him He is surely a man, you…
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1992’s reviewer of the year and the best review pages, Fiona Kidman

We are delighted to be able to publish a condensed version of Fiona Kidman’s invaluable report on the 1992 competitions: Having been both reviewer and reviewed over many years, I have a fair idea of the importance of reviews, rejoicing…
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Recurring images from diverse sources, Charles Croot

From The Word Go Murray Edmond, Auckland University Press, 1992, $16.95 Small Stories of Devotion Dinah Hawken, Victoria University Press, Wellington, 1991, $19.95 Murray Edmond’s fifth collection is an uneven performance. This poet’s strength lies in his powers of observation…
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June 1992: Music and the arts, House Notes

The Great New Zealand Songbook Les Cleveland, Godwit, Auckland, 1991, $29.95 Les Cleveland’s friendly and informal approach illuminates this collection of 60 New Zealand songs from early ballads to goldrush classics and Ruru Karaitiana’s ‘Blue Smoke’. An excellent introduction is…
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Posted in Literature, Music, Non-fiction, Pacific, Plays, Review, Sociology

Poets from the Hazard Press and AUP, Max Anderson

In the First Place David Howard, Hazard Press, Christchurch, 1992, $19.95 Slow Passes Alan Brunton, Auckland University Press, 1991, $24.95 Karitane Postcards Rob Allan, Hazard Press, Christchurch, 1992, $19.95 Return to the Earth Graham Lindsay, Hazard Press, Christchurch, 1992, $19.95…
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