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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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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

God’s very own local history, Paul Morris

Building God’s Own Country: Historical Essays on Religions in New Zealand ed John Stenhouse and Jane Thomson Otago University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1877276928 In a recent article Otago University’s John Stenhouse forcefully contended that New Zealand historians have largely overlooked…
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Posted in Essays, History, Non-fiction, Religion, Review

P is for Price, Kay Hancock

Ready to Read and the PM Books: A Memoir  Hugh Price Gondwanaland Press, $5.00, ISBN 0958208395 This memoir follows on from Price’s earlier publication o! I am on an ox: Teaching reading in New Zealand 1877 to 2000 (2000). Ready…
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Blaming Tolkien, Kate de Goldi

I’ve been reading children’s fantasy for 40 years. There are some gaps in my reading, and it’s true that if forced to choose between an unrelieved diet of fantasy or social realism, I’d go for the latter. It’s also true…
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Screen play, Martin Edmond

On River Road Chris Else Random, $26.95, ISBN 1869416236 Tarzan Presley Nigel Cox Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864734808 Stench Mike Johnson Hazard Press, $24.95, ISBN 1877270687 Three books, all works of fiction, all by men who will not see…
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United they stood, Don Aimer

Black Prince: the biography of Fintan Patrick Walsh Graeme Hunt Penguin, $45.00, ISBN 014301935X The Big Blue: Snapshots of the 1951 Waterfront Lockout ed David Grant Canterbury University Press in association with The Trade Union History Project, $29.99, ISBN 1877257281…
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