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Moments of magic, Harry Ricketts

Selected Poems Basil Dowling Global Vision, $34.95, ISBN 3950186204 “Magic is what I’m after,” observes Basil Dowling in “The Aim of Art” from his 1973 collection The Unreturning Native and Other Poems. It is the kind of claim made by…
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OM – pride of the south, Sue McCauley

Watch of Gryphons and Other Stories Owen Marshall Vintage, $27.95, ISBN 1869417062 Occasional: 50 Poems Owen Marshall Hazard, $25, ISBN 187727089X In 1979 I reviewed – I think for the New Zealand Listener – a slim book entitled Supper Waltz…
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Strikes against the head, Chris Laidlaw

Tackling Rugby Myths: Rugby and New Zealand Society 1854-2004 ed Greg Ryan University of Otago Press, $39.95, ISBN 1877276979 It was Voltaire, who, not without a dash of cynicism, declared that all history is but myth that time has rendered…
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Issue 69 Autumn 2005

  Volume 15 | Number 1 | Issue 69 | Autumn 2005 Sue McCauley: Owen Marshall, Watch of Gryphons and Other Stories; Owen Marshall, Occasional: 50 Poems Harry Ricketts and Jane Westaway: “Miffed, maltreated and murderous” (editorial) Philip Temple: J…
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Enduring love, Jane Westaway

Between the Lives: Partners in Art ed Deborah Shepard Auckland University Press, $49.99, ISBN 186940339 The arresting Marti Friedlander photograph on the cover of Deborah Shepard’s Between the Lives shows the late Pat Hanly, painter, and Gil Hanly, photographer, side…
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Hereafter, Nicholas Reid

The Best New Zealand Fiction Volume 1 ed Fiona Kidman Vintage, $29.95, ISBN 1869416643 The Keys to Hell Jo Randerson, illustrations by Taika Waititi Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864734794 First, a simple bibliographical description. Best New  Zealand Fiction Volume…
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Unpick this, Renée

Thrift to Fantasy: Home Textile Crafts of the 1930s-1950s Rosemary McLeod HarperCollins, $59.95, ISBN 1869505093 Rosemary McLeod is an intelligent, witty and acerbic columnist who does us the favour of saying the things we’d like to say out loud, if…
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At home with style, Rosemary McLeod

At Home: A Century of New Zealand Design  Douglas Lloyd Jenkins Godwit, $69.95, ISBN 1869621107 How we live surely says as much about us as what we do. To students of style the choice of drapes and the shape of…
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Cantankerous, laconic and weird, Margot Schwass

Getting Away With It Kevin Ireland Hazard Press, $29.99, ISBN 1877270792 Butler’s Ringlet Laurence Fearnley Penguin, $28.00, ISBN 0143019198 A Man Who Eats The Heart Josh Greenberg Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864734824 Together, these three novels suggest that the…
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