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Travelling through time, Nelson Wattie

The New Zealanders: A Story of Austral Lands J S C Dumont-d’Urville, transl Carol Legge, Victoria University Press, $39.95 From the excellent translations of Olive Wright, even readers who prefer to avoid the pitfalls of French grammar already know that…
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Don’t expect the head, George Griffiths

A People’s History: Illustrated Biographies from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, Volume One, 1769-1869, W H Oliver (ed), Bridget Williams Books/ Department of Internal Affairs, $39.95 Taken alone, this collection of biographical essays can be summed up quickly. Wellwritten,…
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15 writers: ‘You must read this’

Tell us about the book you want to give everyone for Christmas and/or the book you hope no one gives you for Christmas, we asked twenty-four of our top writers and critics. Fifteen of them dared to respond.   Jenny…
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Writers speak more than they know, Jane Hurley

In the Same Room: Conversations with New Zealand Writers Elizabeth Alley and Mark Williams (eds), Auckland University Press, $29.95 Writers on Writing: An Anthology Robert Neale (ed), Oxford University Press, $39.95 In In the Same Room, Vincent O’Sullivan approvingly quotes…
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When people lose hope they die, Ann Beaglehole

By the Moon and the Stars Eva Hayman, Random Century, $24.95 Krystyna’s Story Halina Ogonowska-Coates, Bridget Williams Books, $29.95 When there is nothing left, what stops people huddling in a corner, not doing the things necessary for survival? Where does…
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Editorial — Issue 7

Andrew Mason: The challenge continues You may have been expecting to read this December issue of New Zealand Books in A4 format and on lighter-weight paper – and certainly, after the ‘Notice to Readers’ announcing these and other changes in…
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The Yanks in New Zealand, Andrew Mason

Brief Encounter Jock Phillips, Historical Branch, Department of Internal Affairs, $29.95 United States Forces in New Zealand 1942-45 Denys Bevan, self-published, Kakanui Post Shop, $39.95 The Yanks Are Coming Harry Bioletti, Century Hutchinson, 1989, out of print It is fifty…
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Sacrificing the personal for the political, Jock Phillips

Ettie: A Life of Ettie Rout  Jane Tolerton, Penguin Books, $39.95 Ettie Rout has been known to us primarily as the woman who stood on the platform in Paris during the Great War and handed out anti-VD kits to soldiers…
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Issue 07 Summer 1992

  Volume 2, Number 3, Issue 7, Summer 1992 Editorial Andrew Mason: “The Challenge Continues” Letters 15 writers: “You must read this”: Best books (comment) Keri Hulme: John Puhiatau Pule, The Shark that Ate the Sun (Ko a Mago ne…
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Christmas crackers, Celia Dunlop

This selection of good New Zealand books worth considering for children at Christmas is made from titles which have appeared or won awards in the last year. The choice was based on the book’s overall quality, potential pleasure as a…
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