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Twinkle, twinkle, David Hill

How to Gaze at the Southern Stars Richard Hall Awa Press, $24.95, ISBN 0958250995   Look at the stars! Look, look up at the skies! O look at all the fire-folk sitting in the air! The bright boroughs, the circle-citadels…
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Keeping the songs alive, Allan Thomas

Nga Moteatea: The Songs, Part One  ed A T Ngata and Pei Te Hurinui Jones Auckland University Press (third edition with CDs), $70.00, ISBN 1869403215 Traditional Songs of the Maori ed Mervyn McLean and Margaret Orbell Auckland University Press (third…
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Back to the USSR, Terence O’Brien

New Zealand and the Soviet Union, 1950-1991: A Brittle Relationship A C Wilson Victoria University Press, $39.95, ISBN 086473476X Lenin’s Legacy Down Under: New Zealand’s Cold War ed Alexander Trapeznik and Aaron Fox Otago University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1877276901 Reviewing…
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Strange days in the language school, Mark Houlahan

Monkey Miss Her Now & Everything a Teenage Girl Should Know Jack Ross Danger Publications, [no price given], ISBN 047600182X Fool Moon Murray Edmond Auckland University Press, $27.99, ISBN 1869403169 Crosswind Paula Green Auckland University Press, $27.99, ISBN 186940324x Clung…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Letters — Issue 68

Sense and intention Thanks to Chris Else for the review of my latest novel Tu (NZB, December 2004). However a mistake has been made. In the third-to-last paragraph of the review there has been a misquotation from the book. The…
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Pa-men and boys, Linley Boniface

Katherine Mansfield’s Men ed Charles Ferrall and Jane Stafford Katherine Mansfield Birthplace Society in association with Steele Roberts, $29.95, ISBN 187733846X “The idea of sitting and waiting for a husband is absolutely revolting and it really is the attitude of…
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Posted in Biography, Non-fiction, Review

Planting the evidence, Steven Price

Justice With Both Eyes Open  Marc Alexander Hazard Press, $39.95, ISBN 1877270601 The cover of Marc Alexander’s new book exploring the criminal justice system features a laudatory remark taken from criminologist Greg Newbold’s foreword. “Refreshingly free of the mindless ideological…
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Standing up for it, Redmer Yska

God Defend New Zealand: A History of the National Anthem Ashley Heenan School of Music and University of Canterbury, $29.95, ISBN 0908718098 Hear Our Voices We Entreat: The Extraordinary Story of New Zealand’s National Anthems Max Cryer Exisle Publishing, $29.99,…
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Minding our own beeswax, Barbara Murison

Everything You Need to Know About the World by Simon Eliot Lloyd Jones, illustrations by Timon Maxey Four Winds Press, $19.95, ISBN 0958251495 From Weta to Kauri: A Guide to the New Zealand Forest Janet Hunt, photographs by Rob Lucas…
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Posted in Biography, Children, Natural History, Non-fiction

The power and the gory, Ginette McDonald

Peter Jackson: From Prince of Splatter to Lord of the Rings Ian Pryor Random House, $39.95, ISBN 1869415558 An Irish psychic told me recently that I had a strong connection with Peter Jackson. Whacko, I thought. Bring it on. A…
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