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An elegant and serious survey, Jonathan Else

Pleasures and Dangers: Artists of the 90s Trish Clark and Wystan Curnow (eds), Longman Paul, $34.95 This volume is a refreshing challenge to several assumptions that have become the dead wood of art theory and scholarship in New Zealand, and,…
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Rich repertoire, Lawrence Jones

Tomorrow We Save the Orphans Owen Marshall, John McIndoe, Dunedin, 1992, $24.95 Last year as I was working through a huge box of anonymous entries to the Bank of New Zealand Katherine Mansfield Award competition, I came across an ill‑typed,…
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The voices of the film makers, Geoff Lealand

Film in Aotearoa New Zealand Jonathan Dennis and Jan Bieringa (eds), Victoria University Press, 1992, $49.95 University lecturers have become very aware of the price of new books, especially if they are likely to appear on set text or recommended…
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Posted in Media, Non-fiction, Review

Publisher Profiles 4, Quentin Wilson of the Hazard Press

If Grant Fox plans to publish his memoirs, it is unlikely that the Hazard Press of Christchurch would be his saviour. If, however, he writes a series of black, All Black poetic meditations on the art of penalty kicking and…
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Let’s moider mother, Shelagh Duckham Cox

Daughters of Heaven  a play by Michelanne Forster Daughters of Heaven has already been performed at Court Theatre in Christchurch and Downstage in Wellington. Now its author, Michelanne Forster, has received a joint commission from Television New Zealand and New…
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Politics and Society, Gavin McLean

The 1990 Election: Perspectives on Political Change in New Zealand E M McLeay (ed), Department of Politics, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, 1991 The 1990 election was the dullest in recent decades, with a battered, cynical electorate sensing the inevitability…
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Posted in Media, Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review

Letters — Issue 6

Sculptures for Seville Among the many items in New Zealand books for June of this year which it has given me pleasure to read, mark and inwardly digest is the article on Sculptures for Seville by Tony Stones, written by…
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Weeding greased piglets in the rain, Angela Sears

Unfolding Seasons: Leaves from the Listener Garden Diary Kerry Carman, Random Century, 1992, $24.95 Kerry Carman shares her vast knowledge of plants and gardening with ease and charm. She is a Fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society, a founder-member of…
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Posted in Natural History, Non-fiction, Review

Auckland fabric and flavour, Burwell Hunt

The Heart of Colonial Auckland 1865‑1910 Terence Hodgson, Random Century, Auckland, 1992, $29.95 This book takes a lively look at early Auckland, after the capital was transferred to Wellington in 1865. Concentrating on the lower end of the Queen St…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review

Is it really that bad? Anton D Meister

The Farming Fiasco David Yerex, GP Publications Ltd, 1992 ‘There is something absurd about the way the whole business of farming and food distribution was managed,’ writes David Yerex. In nine short chapters, Yerex covers a wide range of topics…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review, Sociology
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