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Issue 66 | December 2004

  Volume 14 | Number 5 | Issue 66 | December 2004  Rose Lovell-Smith: Joyce West, The Drover’s Road Collection: Adventures in New Zealand Editorial: How not to run a book launch Letters Denis Welch: John Tamihere with Helen Bain,…
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Poem — Tim Jones

The Translator   Shutting out the torment and the fear deep into the night’s cold morning hours I work on my translation. Improbable, that in another tongue such lines as these were born, set down, are vivid on his page…
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JMT rules, ok, Laurence Jenkins

John Mansfield Thomson: Notes towards a Biography ed Margaret Clark with Jim Collinge and Martin Lodge Steele Roberts, $39.95, ISBN 1877228923 Those of us who crossed paths with John Mansfield Thomson, and there are legions, inevitably came away from any…
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For God, King and country, Chris Else

Tu  Patricia Grace Penguin, $35, ISBN 0143019201 Certain battles mark themselves on the popular imagination. The most evocative are often not great victories but failed assaults, especially those with a touch of futility about them: the Charge of the Light…
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Kiwi footprints, Duncan Campbell

Embracing the Dragon: A Woman’s Journey Along the Great Wall of China Polly Greeks Awa Press, $29.95, ISBN 095825091X Kidnapped in Yemen Mary Quin Random House, $29.95, ISBN 1869416228 Travel elsewhere, we’ve long been told, broadens the mind through an…
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Primitive satisfaction, Norman Bilbrough

The Real Thing Brian Falkner Mallinson Rendel, $16.95, ISBN 0908783825 Seal Boy Ken Catran Random, $16.95, ISBN 1869416112 Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?  Sandy McKay Longacre Press, $14.95, ISBN 1877135976 Colin Goes Bush Sandy McKay Longacre Press, $14.95, ISBN…
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Posted in Children, Fiction, Literature, Review, Young adults

Editorial – Issue 66

How not to run a book launch It’s one of life’s great mysteries why, when many publishers are cutting back on book launches on the grounds that they don’t cover their own costs, invitations to these events continue to pile…
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Hearing the voice, James Norcliffe

The Singing Harp Iain Sharp Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, $15.00, ISBN 1869420365 The Dwarf and the Stripper and other poems Stephen Sinclair Addenda, $19.95, ISBN 095821865X To … Bill Dacker Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, $15.00, ISBN 1869420357 Many…
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Unprickling the pair, Spiro Zavos

The Prickly Pear: Making Nationalism in Australia and New Zealand Denis McLean University of Otago Press, $49.95, ISBN 18772776472 About 20 year ago I was sitting at my desk at The Sydney Morning Herald wondering what I would write for…
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Shock, horror on the colonial frontier, Bronwyn Dalley

Captured by Maori: White Female Captives, Sex and Racism on the Nineteenth-century New Zealand Frontier Trevor Bentley Penguin, $35.00, ISBN 0143019236 Nineteenth-century writers of broadsheets would have had a field day with the title and cover of Trevor Bentley’s new…
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