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Approaches to Writing, Ian Gordon

Committed to Print J E Traue, Victoria University Press, Wellington, $24.95 The Common Writer Robert Neale, Oxford University Press, Auckland, $29.95 Real Writing Rachel McAlpine, GP Publications, Petone, $24.95 These three books approach the craft of writing from three very…
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A poet’s story, Kevin Ireland

Curved Horizon: An Autobiography Ruth Dallas, University of Otago Press, MacIndoe, 1991, $29.95 I have only ever met Ruth Dallas once, and briefly, so I have no idea of what she is like to talk to, but she always comes…
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Very Much a ‘Wellington’ piece? Janet Wilson

Janet Wilson discussed Phil Mann’s ‘The Poverty Trap’ with Rev Dr Penny Jamieson, Bishop of Dunedin. Dr Jamieson has recently served on the People’s Select Committee which enquired into the effects of benefit cuts, and other aspects of the National…
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Believable magic and poignant realism, Celia Dunlop

See Ya, Simon David Hill, Mallinson Rendel, 1992, $19.95 Under the Rotunda James Norcliffe, Hazard Press, 1992, $14.95 David Hill’s exceptional first novel for younger teenagers shows all the assurance one would expect from this former high school teacher and…
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Autobiography through journalism, Rachel Lawson

Hidden Places: a memoir in journalism Michael King, Hodder and Stoughton, 1992, $27.95   Rachel Lawson reviews Michael King’s new book and discusses his work with him. Michael King has established his reputation through exploring what it means to be…
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Poem — Brian Turner

A Good Keen Man   What is it that a donkey sees in a man?’ – Paul Durcan I am grubbing the bank, clearing snarls of grass, buttercup, dock and a few thistles that feign death, Roots like pasta twine…
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Lively and perceptive, Elizabeth Marsden

The Selected Letters of Mary Hobhouse Shirley Tunnicliff (ed), Daphne Brasell Associates Press, Wellington, 1992, $24.95 Mary Hobhouse came to New Zealand, arriving in March 1859, as the wife of the first Anglican Bishop of the province of Nelson. She…
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Posted in History, Letters, Non-fiction, Review

Editorial — Issue 6

John Mansfield Thomson, who resigned from the Peppercorn Press in June, was the founding editor of New Zealand Books. The journal began as an idea of his; in making its first impact, and throughout the first 18 months of publication,…
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Persevere, dear reader, Leonard Lambert

Best Beakerful Dean Farran Productions, Christchurch, 1991, $12 Missing Parts: poems 1977-1990 Alan Loney, Hazard Press, Christchurch, 1991, $19.95 Metaphysics for Fun Ross Fraser, Dragonfly Press, Auckland, 1991, $15 Waiheke Art and Poetry  Pamela Reid (ed), P O Box 202,…
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