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Paradise or purgatory, Alan Knowles

John Kinder’s New Zealand Ron Brownson (with contributions from Peter Shaw, Michael Dunn and Roger Blackley) Godwit and Auckland Art Gallery, $49.95, ISBN 1869621077 John Kinder turned his back on taunts of religious inflexibility and charges of being a “stiff-necked”

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A wink to the grown-ups, Gavin Bishop

The Night Kite Peter Bland, illustrations by Carl Bland, Mallinson Rendel, $24.95, ISBN 0908783833 Napoleon and the Chicken Farmer Lloyd Jones, illustrations by Graeme Gash, Mallinson Rendel, $29.95, ISBN 0908783752 Cat’s Whiskers – 4 Favourite Lynley Dodd Stories Lynley Dodd

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Cabinet of curiosities, Roger Blackley

Icons Nga Taonga: From the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Te Papa curatorial team Te Papa Press, $79.99, ISBN 090901096X On a recent visit from his Tasmanian hideaway, art museum guru Daniel Thomas expressed amazement that Te Papa’s

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An end to the “musket wars”, Rawiri Taonui

Taua – Musket wars, land wars, or tikanga? Warfare in Maori society in the early nineteenth century Angela Ballara Penguin, $59.95, ISBN 0143018892 Reviewing R D Crosby’s The Musket Wars: A History of Inter-iwi Conflict 1806-1845 (New Zealand Books, March

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Earthquakes and adulteries, John Horrocks

Good Luck Anna Livesey Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 086473459X The Adulterer’s Bible Cliff Fell Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864734603 Both these collections of poetry come from recent graduates of  Victoria University’s creative writing programme. The publisher is Victoria

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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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