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In search of the “good” writer, Elspeth Sandys

Growing up, as I did, in a bookish and quietly religious household, I concluded at an early age that a “good’” book – and that meant the classics, the reading of which was assumed to make you a better person …
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Poem — James Brown

Letter   Sir – I am very distressed by what can only be described as the lamentable state of poetry in this country today. In the past we have enjoyed a fine tradition of inspired, well-crafted verse from the likes…
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Breastfeeding and rhododendrons, Julia Millen

In a Strange Garden: the life and times of Truby King Lloyd Chapman Penguin, $34.95, ISBN 0143018795 A Voice for Mothers: The Plunket Society and Infant Welfare, 1907-2000 Linda Bryder Auckland University Press, $49.99, ISBN 1869402901 Sir Truby King died…
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Poem — Jenny Bornholdt

December   Last days of December broccoli squeaking on the stove and your hair – it’s a tidal wave crashing forwards as you bend to open the envelope you sent from Fielding, in 1971, to your father – in it,…
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Steady as she goes, Colin James

Holyoake’s Lieutenants ed Margaret Clark Dunmore Press, $29.95, ISBN 8864694369 I came across Norm Shelton a day or two after Jack Marshall sacked him in February 1972 at the end of the Holyoake era. He had a pile of complimentary…
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Issue 61 Autumn 2003

  Volume 13 | Number 1 | Issue 61 | Autumn 2003 Geoff Chapple: Stephen Venables, Everest – Summit of Achievement; George Band, Everest – 50 years on Top of the World; Sir Edmund Hillary, High Adventure: Our Ascent of…
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Writers and Readers Week line-up

Richard Ford, Jenny Diski, Alistair MacLeod and Clive James are among overseas writers expected to appear during next year’s New Zealand Post Writers and Readers Week. With them will be poets Mark Doty and Sharon Thesen, fiction writers Etgar Keret,…
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Editorial — Issue 61

Copycat crime A few decades ago a newspaper ran in full without permission a crucial chapter of an enthusiastically awaited political book on the eve of its publication. I remember this for the copyright dispute it provoked more than for…
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Rediscovering the great white discoverer, Jock Phillips

The Trial of the Cannibal Dog: Captain Cook in the South Seas Anne Salmond Allen Lane, $59.95, ISBN 0713996617 I will not forget reading Anne Salmond’s Two Worlds. I was on holiday at Tolaga Bay. Between walks to Cook’s Cove…
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Forging on, Roger Blackley

Good as Goldie: the amazing story of New Zealand’s most famous art forger Karl F Sim (C F Goldie) and Tim Wilson Hodder Moa Beckett, $35, ISBN 1869589076   You know me as a forger, but I’ve had more lives…
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