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Issue 59 | August 2003

  Volume 13 | Number 3 | Issue 59 | August 2003 Janet Wilson: Marilyn Duckworth, Swallowing Diamonds Editorial Correspondence Gavin McLean: Heather Worth, Anna Paris and Louisa Allen (eds), The Life of Brian: Masculinities, Sexualities and Health in New…
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The art of the odd, Janet Wilson

Swallowing Diamonds Marilyn Duckworth Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 1869415485 In Marilyn Duckworth, New Zealand has its finest writer of the absurd. Although others have written about states of unreality or non-reality – most particularly Janet Frame, younger novelists like Elizabeth Knox,…
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Hobson’s choice, Bryan Gilling

Te Ara Ki Te Tiriti: The Path to the Treaty of Waitangi Paul Moon David Ling, $29.95, ISBN 0908990839 The Treaty of Waitangi often appears to have sprung forth, fully formed, from William Hobson’s pen on 6 February 1840. Many…
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Truth vs the good story, Laura Kroetsch

Barbed Wire Between Us: A story of love and war Derek Round Random House, $29.95, ISBN 1869415248 Last of the Whalers: Charlie Heberley’s Story Heather Heberley Cape Catley, $29.95, ISBN 0908561903 In Search of Elisa Marchetti: A Writer’s Search for…
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Speaking frankly of Frank and James K, Stevan Eldred-Grigg

An Affair of the Heart: A Celebration of Frank Sargeson’s Centenary ed Graeme Lay and Stephen Stratford Cape Catley, $49.99, ISBN 0908561938 O Jerusalem – James K Baxter: An Intimate Memoir Mike Minehan Hazard Press, $24.95, ISBN 1877270385 Two icons…
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The odd couple, Eric Richards

States of Mind: Australia and New Zealand 1901-2001 ed Arthur Grimes, Lydia Wevers, and Ginny Sullivan Institute of Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, $39.00, ISBN 0908935644 There is something peculiar about two affluent and well-established small countries sitting together…
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Speed reading, Bernard Carpinter

50 Years on Track Sandy Myhre Hodder Moa Beckett, $79.99, ISBN 186958936X Classic Racers – New Zealand’s Grand Prix Greats Eoin Young HarperSports, $34.99, ISBN 1869504607 If you noticed that McLaren cars won the first two Formula One Grands Prix…
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Communal faith, shared vision, Peter Lineham

Prophetic Histories: The People of the Maramatanga Karen Sinclair Bridget Williams Books, $49.95, ISBN 1877242926 This remarkable book is written by an American anthropologist from Eastern Michigan University. Over a period of 30 years, she entered the world of a…
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Owen Marshall awarded inaugural fellowship

Timaru writer Owen Marshall says he feels privileged to be awarded the inaugural $100,000 Creative New Zealand Writers’ Fellowship, the largest available to New Zealand writers. He has written and edited 18 books. His latest story collection, When Gravity Snaps,…
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Lore meets law, Kate Riddell

Mihipeka: Call of an Elder Karanga a te kuia Mihi Edwards Steele Roberts, $29.95, ISBN 1877228222 The Tribes of Muriwhenua: Their Origins and Stories  Dorothy Urlich Cloher (Maori translation by Merimeri Penfold) Auckland University Press, $29.95, ISBN 1869402693 Rere atu,…
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