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Super-seded? Susan St John

Rewarding Service: A history of the Government Superannuation Fund Neil Atkinson University of Otago Press, $39.95, ISBN 1877276227 It is hard to disagree with the opening lines of this book: “In The past three decades superannuation has become one of…
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Chord and discord Laurence Jenkins

A Life Set to Music, the Autobiography of Edwin Carr, New Zealand Composer Edwin Carr Blanchard Press, $42.95, ISBN 0473078511 With the recent death of Douglas Lilburn, this country was reminded that the vanguard of creative artists, those who first…
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Less than kind, Elizabeth Webby

Kin of Place: Essays on 20 New Zealand Writers C K Stead Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1869402723 When invited to review this new collection of critical essays by C K Stead, I initially demurred on the grounds of my…
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A fierce inwardness, Peter Wells

I got on the bus the other day, and there was only one seat left. I sat down beside a young woman. She had a book open on her lap, and she was leaning her head against a rain-teared window.…
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Poem — Leonard Lambert

In the Garden Place, amoroso   Coming in from every boxed and metal thing I stumbled on this courtly crowd – I was on my best behaviour, hope it showed. Down every aisle I nodded, noted every winning smile –…
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Issue 55 Spring 2001

  Volume 11 | Number 3 | Issue 55 | Spring 2001 Tim Hazledine: Jane Kelsey, At the Crossroads. Three Essays Editorial Letters “Imprints”: Peter Wells Jane Stafford: Derek Challis and Gloria Rawlinson, The Book of Iris: A Life of…
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Irony and automata, Bill Sewell

Husk Chris Price Auckland University Press, $21.95, ISBN 1869402669 I suppose it’s as true to say that you shouldn’t judge a book by its title as by its cover. Certainly, when it comes to some otherwise admirable collections of New…
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Rescue mission, Nicholas Reid

A Fair and Just Solution – a History of the Integration of Private Schools in New Zealand  Rory Sweetman Dunmore Press, $34.95, ISBN 0864694148 Once upon a time there were, theoretically, two school systems in New Zealand. There were state…
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Obituary — Harry Orsman

Harry Orsman (1928 – 2002) In his fine eulogy at Harry Orsman’s funeral, Stuart Johnston considered the meanings we might take from “character”. He unravelled the word so that it extended far beyond the way we usually use it, and…
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Whizzbangs and big bangs, Fleur Beale

Follow the blue Brigid Lowry Allen & Unwin, $19.95, ISBN 186508400X Letters from the Coffin Trenches Ken Catran Random House, $16.95, ISBN 1869415094 The Sleeper Wakes David Hill Puffin, $15.95, ISBN 0141313242 The High Wind Blows David Hill Puffin, $15.95,…
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