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Wholemeal, Louise O’Brien

Drybread Owen Marshall Vintage, $27.95, ISBN 9781869419196 Drybread is Owen Marshall’s third novel, adding to an already rich body of work. His last novel, Harlequin Rex, won the Montana New Zealand Book Awards Deutz Medal for Fiction in 2000. Indeed,…
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Obituary — Ruth Dallas

Ruth Dallas (1919-2008) Dunedin writer Ruth Dallas was born in Invercargill into a working-class settler family, which informed her writing. She published 20 books, mainly poetry and books for children. Her most recent poetry collection, The Joy of a Ming…
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Placing Davin, Lydia Wevers

The Gorse Blooms Pale: Dan Davin’s Southland Stories Janet Wilson (ed) Otago University Press, $49.95,  ISBN 9781877372421 Dan Davin published his last short story, “Gardens of Exile”, in the New Zealand Listener in 1989. In it, the four boys of…
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Poem — Elizabeth Smither

Naming a telescope (for David Hill)   What to call your new telescope? Presuming like a ship it must be female though its shape suggests otherwise and the way you aim it definitely male the fiddling to set it up,…
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From Pine Hill to elsewhere, Dougal McNeill

Geography for the Lost Kapka Kassabova Auckland University Press, $25.00,  ISBN 9781869403874  Made for Weather Kay McKenzie Cooke University of Otago Press, $29.95,  ISBN 9781877372490 84-484 Geoff Cochrane Victoria University Press, $25.00,  ISBN 9780864735584 Cold Snack Janet Charman Auckland University…
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Letters — Issue 82

Apology Awa Press have quite rightly pointed out to me that I did indeed give them permission to quote some of my words on the preceding Radio New Zealand series of talks as a blurb for their The Transit Of…
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The art of display, Paul Thompson

Exhibiting Maori: A History of Colonial Cultures of Display Conal McCarthy Te Papa Press, $69.95, ISBN 9781877385339 Mana taonga mana tangata. Exhibiting Maori is primarily an academic book. Originally published by Berg, an imprint of Oxford International Publishers, its style…
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Issue 82 Winter 2008

  Volume 18 | Number 2 | Issue 82 | Winter 2008 Letters Elizabeth Smither: “Naming a Telescope” (poem) James C Raymond: Bernard Beckett, Falling for Science: Asking the Big Questions Catharina van Bohemen: Fiona Kidman, At the End of…
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Illustrating the gaps between words, Raymond Huber

Rats!  Gavin Bishop Random House, $30.00, ISBN 978869419028 Tahi: One Lucky Kiwi Melanie Drewery, illustrations Ali Teo and John O’Reilly Random House, $30.00, ISBN 9781869419301 To the Harbour  Stanley Palmer Lopdell House Gallery, $35.00,  ISBN 9780958228442 Snake and Lizard  Joy…
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Becoming someone else, Diane Hebley

Tomorrow All Will Be Beautiful Brigid Lowry Allen and Unwin, $19.99, ISBN 9781741751604 The Transformation of Minna Hargreaves Fleur Beale Random House, $19.99, ISBN 9781869418366 Duet David Hill Mallinson Rendel, $17.00,  ISBN 9781877423062 Full marks to the three well-established authors…
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