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Ludwig and God slug it out, Anne French

Nice morning for it, Adam Vincent O’Sullivan Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864734735 Vincent O’Sullivan’s poetry falls into three broad periods. The early books are not only forgotten, they are also impossible to find, though I once came across a

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My ideal reader, Elizabeth Knox

My ideal reader reads constantly, avidly, and personally. My ideal reader adds something to the domestic scene, looks as comfortable as a cat and as fine as a flower arrangement with a book in one hand and a cup of

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Mansfield parked, Lloyd Jones

Mansfield: A Novel C K Stead Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 1843431769 The short life of Katherine Mansfield has been well picked over. We have the biographies, the critical studies, her own journals and letters. Hardly a year goes by without the

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Absolutely positive it’s dead? Tim Hazledine

Muldoon Revisited ed Margaret Clark Dunmore Press, $39.95, ISBN 0864694652 What were you doing the day Robert Muldoon died? I was in Auckland, very recently returned to this country after 20 years overseas. I watched the coverage of the death

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Changing habits, Margaret Tennant

Mary Potter’s Little Company of Mary – The New Zealand Experience 1914-2002   Ann Trotter Bridget Williams Books/Little Company of Mary, $39.95, ISBN 1877242314 It may be a sign of the times that sisterhood – of the religious community, rather

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Behind the grin, Harry Ricketts

Long Journey to the Border: A Life of John Mulgan Vincent O’Sullivan Penguin, $49.95, 014301871X He grins out from the front cover of Vincent O’Sullivan’s engrossing biography Long Journey to the Border: A Life of John Mulgan. It’s that famous

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Letters — Issue 65

Strange misrepresentations Doug Munro makes some strange misrepresentations and errors in his review of Robert Louis Stevenson: His Best Pacific Writings (NZB August 2004). His claim that the use of two “obsolete” place names shows “insufficient familiarity” with the region

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A walk on the wild side, Cilla McQueen

Wild Anne French Auckland University Press, $31.95, ISBN 186940310X Travel and other compulsions Heather McPherson Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, $18.00, ISBN 1869420349 Catullus for Children Anna Jackson Auckland University Press, $21.95, ISBN 1869403088 Bluff’s main street was recently relieved

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Editorial — Issue 65

Dark horses and wild cards  In July I attended the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, held in Auckland at the Hilton. It’s the night we in the book trade celebrate writers, poets, books, reviewers, first books, sponsors, even publishers. There

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The unexpected past, Jenny Robin Jones

What Happen Then, Mr Bones? Charlotte Randall Penguin, $28.00, ISBN 0143019171 With her three previous novels, Dead Sea Fruit, The Curative and Within the Kiss, Charlotte Randall has developed a voice clearly identifiable in New Zealand literature. In What Happen

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