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People like us, Jane Westaway

Holy Days Joy Cowley Penguin, $34.95, ISBN 0141004169 Breakwater Kate Duignan Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864734174 Floating the Fish on Bamboo Adrienne Jansen HarperCollins, $24.95, ISBN 1869503988 Domestic realism is the meat and potatoes of contemporary fiction. So it…
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The trouble with faith, Vivienne Jepsen

Heart of the Volcano Michael Morrissey Bookcaster Press, $20.00, ISBN 0473068443 Calling the Fish & Other Stories David Lyndon Brown Otago University Press, $29.95, ISBN 1877276103 Michael Morrissey’s Heart of the Volcano is the entertaining tale of Grant, who seeks…
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Writing for the little pink babies, Helen Beaglehole

In the early 1990s, researchers interested in the construction Of gender dressed a number of small babies in a nursery randomly in blue or pink, so that some little girl babies were in blue and some little boy babies in…
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Like great sex only better, Robert Burgess

Gladiator: The Norm Hewitt Story Michael Laws Darius Press, $29.95, ISBN 0473078252 Loyal: The Todd Blackadder Story  Phil Gifford Hodder Moa Beckett, $44.95, ISBN 1869588924 Head tilted back, eye-balling you. Norm on the front cover, bold and proud. And so…
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Poem — Rae Varcoe

When considering euthanasia   First, you should own a wise physician friend, a young one, the kind who could find a needle in a brainstorm. If not, rent one. If you wish, consult a minister or priest. (For myself, I…
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Localising the global, George Griffiths

From Tamaki-makau-rau to Auckland R C J Stone Auckland University Press, $59.95, ISBN 1869402596 Rolling Thunder: the Spirit of Karekare Bob Harvey Exisle Publishing, $39.95, ISBN 0908988176 Remembering Godley: a Portrait of Canterbury’s Founder ed  Mark Stocker Hazard Press, $29.95,…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review

Both sides now, Peter Wells

The World Regained Dennis McEldowney Auckland University Press, $34.95, ISBN 1869402537 From the Wisteria Bush Vanya Lowry Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1869402561 The nature of memoir is an act of resurrection, exploration, delineation. It is both a wreath placed…
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Editorial — Issue 53

“Impersonal sympathy” The Times Literary Supplement recently celebrated its centenary, and used the occasion to print two substantial essays – one by Ferdinand Mount, its current editor, the other by Stefan Collini – on its history, editorial policy, style, and…
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Moments of invention, Bill Sewell

The Stepmother Tree James McNaughton Darius Press, $14.95, ISBN 0473078244 I don’t think there is such a thing as a “stepmother tree”.  My Shorter Oxford hasn’t heard of it anyway. But if a stepmother tree has never existed, then perhaps…
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Cultivating their own garden, Harvey McQueen

Dialectic of Mud  Richard Reeve Auckland University Press, $19.95, ISBN 869402529 The Whole Forest  Nick Williamson Sudden Valley Press, $16.95, ISBN 095820912X Abstract Internal Furniture Helen Rickerby HeadworX, $19.95, ISBN 0473078570 Most New Zealand poetry is a private garden. The…
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