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Orphans and angst, Vivienne Jepsen

Ghost Net Lynn Davidson University of Otago Press, $,29.95 ISBN 1877276421 Swim Jackie Davis Penguin, $29.95, ISBN 0143018566 Dreams Lost Never Walked Raumoa Ormsby Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 1869415507 Electric Chad Taylor Jonathan Cape/Random House, $34.95, ISBN 0224069268 If these four…
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Figuring out art history, Damian Skinner

FigureWork: The Nude and Life Modelling in New Zealand Art Sandra Chesterman University of Otago Press, $59.95, ISBN 1877276375 The Image Always Has the Last Word: On Contemporary New Zealand Painting and Photography Laurence Simmons Dunmore Press, $49.95, ISBN 0864694121…
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Indigenous voices, colonial language, Cilla McQueen

Whetu Moana – Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English ed Albert Wendt, Reina Whaitiri & Robert Sullivan Auckland University Press, $49.95, ISBN 1869402731 Captain Cook in the Underworld Robert Sullivan Auckland University Press, $21.95, ISBN 1869402812   “Before had England even…
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Editorial — Issue 60

Mind your language!   The plurality of communication styles upstream of current stakeholders is relatively porous; but some destabilised pluralities evidence significantly more porosity than others. We’re sorry – we’ll read that again. As Orwell’s power-crazed pigs might have put…
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Finding a place in the sun, Anna Rogers

Unfolding History, Evolving Identity: The Chinese in New Zealand ed Manying Ip Auckland University Press, $44.99, ISBN 1869402898 Keeping a Low Profile: An Oral History of German Immigration to New Zealand Brigitte Bönisch-Brednich Victoria University Press, $39.95, ISBN 0864734395 The…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

About those vampires, Jane Stafford

Daylight Elizabeth Knox Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864734492 Bad O’Phelan is a New Zealand caver traumatised by the memory of Dart Ridge, a Cave Creek disaster, which he survived “taking three backward steps off the viewing platform above the…
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Catching the post, Linda Burgess

The Penguin Book of New Zealand Letters ed Louise Lawrence Penguin, $34.95, ISBN 0143018663 Oh friends, friends – where would we be without them? Sometimes they move far away, as did Charlotte Bronte’s school friend and confidante Mary Taylor, who…
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The gang of five, W H Oliver

Dance of the peacocks: New Zealanders in exile in the time of Hitler, Stalin and Mao Tse-tung James McNeish Vintage, $34.95, ISBN 1869415647 This is an engaging and readable book. James McNeish tells a multitude of stories about a number…
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Poem — Kerry Popplewell

The Iliad, Book xii   So in the years to come Poseidon and god Apollo Would set all things to rights once more (The Iliad, xiii. Robert Eagles’ translation) Homer knew war: knew the killing – brains spilling out, spurting…
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Letters — Issue 60

Laconic inaccuracies Bryan Gilling does himself no favours with his extraordinarily laconic and frequently inaccurate review of my book Te Ara Ki Te Tiriti: The Path to the Treaty of Waitangi. The constraints of space prevent me from detailing all…
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