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The House that we built, Colin James

The House: New Zealand’s House of Representatives 1854-2004 John E Martin Dunmore Press, $59.95, ISBN 0864694636 Parliament is a brutal place. Only the idealistic, the ideological, the hard-nosed and the ruthless gather there. No person is inviolate, no secret safe,…
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Art and craft – the story so far, Megan Clayton

Ask someone with a literature PhD why they did it and you’ll get a grab-bag of answers, from feeling the devil’s shoulder-tap of academic ambition to it seeming like a good idea at the time. I did mine for both…
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Long ago and far away, Rose Lovell-Smith

The Drover’s Road Collection: Adventures in New Zealand  Joyce West Bethlehem Books & Ignatius Press, $35.95 [approx], ISBN 1883937698 Joyce West published Drover’s Road with Dent in London in 1953. Two further volumes about Gay Allan and the other Drover’s…
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Geek chic, Jane Bowron

An Asian at my Table Raybon Kan Penguin, $29.95, ISBN  0143019104 I first encountered Raybon Kan across a crowded news room at The Dominion when I was just starting out as tv critic back in the early 1990s. Raybon had…
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Insolent bassists and mad drummers, Mark Amery

Ready to Fly: The Story of New Zealand Rock Music David Eggleton Craig Potton Publishing, $49.95, ISBN 1877333069 I have a confession to make. I’m not much of a reader – at least not in the always-head-in-a-novel kind of a…
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Obituary — Alan Preston

Alan Preston (1932-2004)   As I write this, in one week exactly it will be Alan’s birthday. On October 29 Alan would have celebrated 72 years. Thus I have been spared the annual brain-wracking for a suitable present. Alan, you…
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Sisterhood is powerful, Robyn Munford

No Friend Like a Sister: Exploring the Relationship between Sisters Jenny Neale Victoria University Press, $39.95, ISBN 0864734700 No Friend Like a Sister gives a rich account of the relationships between sisters. Jenny Neale used focus groups (women aged between…
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Maurice Shadbolt

Maurice Shadbolt 1932-2004 Writer Maurice Shadbolt died in Taumaranui in October after a long illness. He worked as a journalist and a scriptwriter before going to Europe in the late 50s. Two years later he published his first book, a…
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Full lives and f words, William Taylor

Malcolm and Juliet Bernard Beckett Longacre Press, $18.95, ISBN 1877135941 Out of Tune Joanna Orwin Longacre Press, $18.95, ISBN 1877135909 Coming Back  David Hill Mallinson Rendel, $16.95, ISBN 0908783868 Dark Penelope Todd Longacre Press, $18.95, ISBN 1877135968 On a Good…
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Letters – Issue 66

One of the Porlock people Patrick Evans makes a convincing argument in the most recent Journal of New Zealand Literature (“Dr Clutha’s Book of the World: Janet Patterson Frame, 1924-2004”) that “taking control of her own life-story” was a significant…
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