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Stirring lilacs, Norman Bilbrough

The Secret History of Modernism C K Stead Harvill Press, $29.95, ISBN 1864069418 Usually I find it a pleasure to read my way into  C K Stead’s particular world; to encounter the consciousness beneath – and attached to – the…
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The hollow society and its fillers, Ruth Butterworth

The Nationbuilders Brian Easton Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 186940260X Economic history is not much taught, written or researched in New Zealand. It seems to be the poor relation in university economics departments, losing out to the pedlars of doctrine…
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High-flying hubris, Terry Hall

Battle of the Titans: Sir Ronald Trotter, Hugh Fletcher and the Rise and Fall of Fletcher Challenge Bruce Wallace Penguin, $34.95, ISBN 014100472X Bruce Wallace was in an excellent position to write a book that exhaustively chronicles the history of…
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Talking Toss Woollaston, Gregory O’Brien

Toss Woollaston in conversation with Gregory O’Brien I visited Toss Woollaston at Upper Moutere in September 1994 and over two days recorded two-and-a-half hours of conversation with him. During my stay, the talk ranged widely, with Toss speaking at some…
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The Truth Problem, Anne French

An Autobiography Lauris Edmond Bridget Williams Books, $49.95, ISBN 18772421225 Lauris Edmond: Selected Poems 1975-2000 ed K O Arvidson Bridget Williams Books, $39.95, ISBN 1877242152 There’s only one issue to be resolved with autobiography, and that is the Truth Problem.…
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Posted in Autobiography, Literature, Non-fiction, Poetry, Review
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