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Poem – C K Stead

On Fame Quid dedicatum poscit Apollinem   Who asks the gods for glory and that his books may be read throughout the world, should recall the one whose prayer was answered, who lived ten years in hiding, lost friends, family,

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NZ Post Book Awards

The shortlist for the 2004 New Zealand Post Book Awards was announced in early February. Finalists are: Junior fiction – The Serpents Of Arakesh: Book One – The Karazan Quartet by V M Jones; My Story: Journey To Tangiwai –

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Writers off the page, Jane Stafford

New Zealand International Arts Festival Writers and Readers Week begins on 9 March in Wellington. It is an event which in the past has mixed an eclectic selection of novelists, poets and essayists – celebrated and little known – with

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Taking poetry for a walk, John Allison

Millionaire’s Shortbread  Mary-Jane Duffy, Mary Cresswell, Mary Macpherson, Kerry Hines University of Otago Press, $29.95, ISBN 187727643X Len & other poems Jo Thorpe Steele Roberts, $$19.95, ISBN 187722894X Soundings Cilla McQueen University of Otago Press, $29.95, ISBN 1877276383 I once

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“Something like a cult”, Margaret Clark

Treasury: The New Zealand Treasury 1840-2000 Malcolm McKinnon Auckland University Press, $50, ISBN 1869402960 At the launch of this book a former assistant secretary to the Treasury pointed out to me that this is an administrative history of the Treasury,

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Forerunner or footnote? Kim Worthington

Mason: The Life of R A K Mason Rachel Barrowman Victoria University Press, $49.95, ISBN 0864734638 Many people will be familiar with the broad outline of the life of the man Allen Curnow called New Zealand’s “first wholly original, unmistakably

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Hills, weather, houses, Norman Bilbrough

Why Go To The Riviera: Images of Wellington Peter Shaw Godwit, $99.95, ISBN 1869621018 When Evelyn Page arrived in Wellington in 1947 she was captured by the capital’s energy and bustle. She often painted scenes from her car, even obtaining

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A stitch-up, Louise O’Brien

Hummingbird James George Huia, $34.95, ISBN 1877283665 The Mango’s Kiss Albert Wendt Vintage, $34.95, ISBN 1869415809 Hummingbird, James George’s second and very readable novel, recounts the unlikely convergence of four sharply drawn characters, who, for very different reasons, find themselves

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Letters — Issue 62

Well said, Elspeth! Congratulations to Elspeth Sandys on her Comment piece in the December New Zealand Books, “In search of the ‘good’ writer”. My own choice of a good writer but not so good human being would have been Evelyn

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Girl behind the good keen man, Jane Tolerton

When did I first see the cover of Jean Watson’s Stand in he Rain – that strong, elegant black cover with a woman looking as if she has been doing exactly that? And the photograph of the author on the back

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