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Southern woman, Anne Else

Sites of Gender: Women, men and modernity in Southern Dunedin, 1890-1939 ed Barbara Brookes, Annabel Cooper, and Robin Law Auckland University Press, $45.00, ISBN 1869403010 More than half the women of south Dunedin – over twice the proportion for New

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Here’s looking at you, kid, John O’Connor

Gallery: A Selection Mark Pirie Salt Publishing, $29.95, ISBN 1876857242 Toku Tinihanga: Selected Poems 1982-2002 Michael O’Leary HeadworX, $26.95, ISBN 0473090066 Walking the Land Kevin Ireland Hazard Press, $21.95, ISBN 1877270520 We live in the age of celebrity. This has

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Taking to the air, Janet Hughes

Rosalie Gascoigne: Plain Air City Gallery/Victoria University Press, $49.95, ISBN 0864734727 As I shelved Rosalie Gascoigne: Plain Air among my treasured collection of exhibition catalogues, it set me thinking about the reasons we buy catalogues, and the various pleasures they

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Editorial — Issue 64

Catering for the “common reader” The October 1991 issue of New Zealand Books reviewed 6 titles. Twelve years and 57 issues later, the figure was almost exactly the same: NZB October 2003 covered 38 new books. So what’s changed? Certainly

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A spirit intense and rare, Doug Munro

Robert Louis Stevenson: His Best Pacific Writings ed Roger Robinson Streamline, $34.95, ISBN 0958210624 Everyone knows about Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), described by a contemporary as “a spirit intense and rare” and immortalised by Samoans as Tusitala (the teller of

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Issue 64 Summer 2003

  Volume 13 | Number 4 | Issue 64 | Summer 2003 Janet Hughes: Rosalie Gascoigne: Plain Air Editorial: Catering for the “common reader” Michael Laws: J Boston, S Church, S Levine, E McLeay & N Roberts (eds), New Zealand Votes:

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But is it art? Jenny Nicholls

Paste Up – A Century of New Zealand Poster Art Hamish Thompson Godwit, $39.95, ISBN 1869621042 In February, Auckland Mayor Banks found himself compelled to tell immigrants not to spit in public. “Many of them come from countries where spitting

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Singing out, William Brandt

Chronicle of the Unsung  Martin Edmond Auckland University Press, $34.99, ISBN 1869403118 Martin Edmond, son of Lauris, played a role in two iconic cultural phenomena of my formative years in 70s and 80s Auckland – he wrote the screenplay for

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Painted ladies, Christine Johnston

Paint Your Wife  Lloyd Jones Penguin, $35, ISBN 0143019066 “He had seen one thing and thought the other. He’d  made the mistake of seeing what he expected to see, what he was used to seeing”– this quotation from the back

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Lucky to be alive, Ann Beaglehole

A Strange Outcome – The Remarkable Survival Story of a Polish Child  John Roy-Wojciechowski and Allan Parker Penguin Books, $35.00, ISBN 014301904X About 800 Polish refugees, 733 of them children and Most of them orphans, sailed into Wellington harbour in

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