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Previously unthought ways, Stephanie Johnson

These Lives I Have Buried Lindsay Rabbitt Four Winds Press, $14.95, IBSN 0958251452 What Makes A Teacher?  Jack Lasenby Four Winds Press, $14.95, IBSN 0958251444 Ghost Who Writes Martin Edmond Four Winds Press, $14.95, IBSN 0958251436 A directive for enjoying…
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Obituary, I A Gordon

I A Gordon (1908-2004) I A Gordon liked to be called “Prof”. It sounds quaint now, but, for him, the job was the man. The diverse roles of senior academic, scholar, literary leader and public intellectual defined him. With the…
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Like a good ballad, Catharina van Bohemen

Heart of Coal  Jenny Pattrick Black Swan, $26.95, ISBN 186941604X Heart of Coal is the sequel to Jenny Pattrick’s highly Successful Denniston Rose – the story of the isolated inhabitants of the coal-mining town of Denniston on the West Coast.…
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Ghosts and drummers, Bronwyn Tate

Grace is Gone Kelly Ana Morey Penguin, $28.00, ISBN 0143019406 Rhythm Rebekah Palmer Penguin, $28.00, ISBN 0143019058 In 2004 Penguin published second books by two of New Zealand’s emerging novelists. Kelly Ana Morey was recipient of the Todd New Writers’…
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Evidence of the strange and new, Mary Macpherson

George D Valentine: A 19th Century Photographer in New Zealand Ken Hall Craig Potton Publishing, $49.95, ISBN 1877333123 Travel to new places, whether as regular tourist or long-term visitor, carries with it a powerful urge to record and share the…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Photography, Review

Charting the sublime, Kim Griggs

The Wide White Page: Writers Imagine Antarctica ed Bill Manhire Victoria University Press, $34.95, ISBN 0864734859 When the explorers in John Martin Leahy’s “In Amundsen’s Tent” scrambled into the tent the Norwegian left after his foray to the South Pole,…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Poetry, Review, Short stories

Footnote to Ron, Vincent O’Sullivan

Four Short Stories 1931-35 (with an afterword by Rachel Barrowman) R A K Mason The Holloway Press, $75.00, ISBN 0958231346 It is one of the several intriguing aspects of R A K Mason and – as a human trait, a…
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What it’s all about, Christina Thompson

Stonefish Keri Hulme Huia, $34.95, ISBN 1869690885 Keri Hulme’s new collection Stonefish is so unremarkable it sent me back to the bone people to see what all the fuss had been about. How could a Booker Prize-winner produce so slight…
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Escape from Warsaw, John McIntyre

Waimea College Library, Richmond, 1965. I was no great visitor to libraries prior to this, an era when children’s literature was more worthy than enticing, but it was to become my sanctuary for my first unconfident year of secondary school…
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Always with us, Alison Gray

Society and Politics: New Zealand Social Policy Grant Duncan Pearson Sprint Print Prentice Hall, $29.95, ISBN 1877258962 Past Judgement: Social Policy in New Zealand History ed Bronwyn Dalley and Margaret Tennant University of Otago Press, $39.95, ISBN 187727657X Greed, blame,…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review
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