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Issue 65 | October 2004 

  Volume 14 | Number 4 | Issue 65 | October 2004  Tony Simpson: Ian McGibbon, New Zealand and the Second World War; Megan Hutching (ed), A Fair Sort of Battering: New Zealanders remember the Italian Campaign; Brendan Judd, The…
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Rebuilding the wharenui, Simone Drichel

Whanau II Witi Ihimaera Reed, $29.99, ISBN 079008939 For someone who describes himself as “a person who always reflected what other people wanted”, Witi Ihimaera has made an impressive career out of doing the exact opposite. Once every decade or…
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Our biggest brashest city, Diane Brown

Auckland before the Harbour Bridge Graham Stewart Grantham House, $69.95, ISBN 1869340868. Almighty Auckland? ed Ian Carter, David Craig and Steve Matthewman Dunmore Press, $34.95, ISBN 0864694520 History is big these days but it wasn’t when I was young. My…
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We were just 17, if you know what I mean, Rosemary McLeod

Eight Days a Week: The Beatles’ Tour of New Zealand 1964  Graham Hutchins Exisle Publishing, $34.95, ISBN 0908988559 Big Smoke: New Zealand City People in the ’60s and ’70s  John Daley Random House, $39.95, ISBN 1869621085 Says Graham Hutchins, “Beatlemania…
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Across the great divide, Harvey McQueen

Apes Road: Poems Since 1997 Rob Jackaman Hazard Press, $21.95, ISBN 1877270245 Working Voices John O’Connor & Eric Mould Hallard Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864770480 In his essay “The Narrow-Columned Middle Ground”, Australian Les Murray explores a myth: We tend nowadays…
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Lifting the lid of the national box, Stevan Eldred-Grigg

The Penguin History of New Zealand Michael King Penguin, $29.95, ISBN 0143018671 A Short History of New Zealand Gordon McLauchlan Penguin, $29.95, ISBN 0143019082 One day at the start of the 21st century, happening to be staying in a hotel…
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Over there, Tony Simpson

New Zealand and the Second World War  Ian McGibbon Hodder Moa Beckett, $40.00, ISBN 1869589548 A Fair Sort of Battering: New Zealanders remember the Italian Campaign ed Megan Hutching HarperCollins, $40.00, ISBN 1869505050 The Desert Railway  Brendan Judd Penguin, $29.95,…
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Poem – Michael Harlow

Question      i. m. robert lax   What would you do If you happened on a woman who whistled all too wildly in her father’s house Met up with a hen who crowed as stridently as a cock, convinced she made…
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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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