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The new restlessness, Sarah Quigley

Settler Dreaming Bernadette Hall Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864734247 Porcelain Diana Bridge Auckland University Press, $19.95, ISBN 1869402642 The death of Alan Curnow last year seemed to call for some kind of reassessment of our national poetry, and some…
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The old frisson Elizabeth Caffin

Billie’s Kiss Elizabeth Knox Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864734263 Having begun in some reasonably recognisable New Zealand locations, Elizabeth Knox, novelist, may, we now know, take off and land almost anywhere. What is striking about all her work is…
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Rugby and Fame, Barry Emslie

The appositely titled The Book of Fame by Lloyd Jones is a triking expression of how much the significance of rugby has changed. Once our fanaticism was a touch bloody-minded. We competed as masters, and our pride was aggressively masculine.…
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Prophesy and be damned! Alan Horsman

Anno Domini 2000 or Woman’s Destiny Julius Vogel (ed Roger Robinson) Exisle Publishing, $29.95, ISBN 0908988168 “There is no such thing as a load of old codswallop … the codswallop is always freshly made,” or at least it needs to…
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Towards stability, Alan McRobie

Proportional Representation on Trial: The 1999 New Zealand General Election and the Fate of MMP    Jack Vowles, Peter Aimer, Jeffrey Karp, Susan Banducci, Raymond Miller & Ann Sullivan Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1869402650 New Zealand’s voters have been through…
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Less orchid, more snapdragon Max Cryer

Angela: A Wonderful Life Angela D’Audney and Nicky Pellegrino Penguin, $27.95, ISBN 0143018116 In spite of the desperate tabloid-celebrity culture currently fashionable, a New Zealand show-biz biography would seem to be dodgy commercial territory. Biographies of sportsmen: yes. Of politicians:…
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Uppercase craftsmen, Don Aimer

Print and Politics: a History of Trade Unions in the New Zealand Printing Industry 1865-1995 Peter Franks Victoria University Press, $49.95, ISBN 0864734158 I once heard a freezing worker talking about his healthy hatred of the boss and another say…
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Poem — Harvey McQueen

A Letter   Vanished is the postie’s whistle; with the anthem at the movies & a butcher in every suburb. In today’s letterbox, left by the bronzed lady with strong walk shoes there is a magazine & three letters, one…
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Inside information, Lois Daish

New Zealanders at Home. A cultural history of domestic interiors 1814-1914 Anna K C Petersen University of Otago Press, $45.00, ISBN 1877276146 Every now and then, I agree to have my kitchen photographed. And every time what a fuss it…
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Issue 54 Winter 2001

  Volume 11 | Number 2 | Issue 54 | Winter 2001 David Hill: Jack Lasenby, Kalik Editorial Letters Elizabeth Caffin: Elizabeth Knox, Billie’s Kiss Alan Horsman: Julius Vogel (ed Roger Robinson), Anno Domini 2000 or Woman’s Destiny Don Aimer:…
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