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Hotting up, Karen Hartshorn

Melting Point: New Zealand and the Climate Change Crisis  Eric Dorfman Penguin Books, $37.00, ISBN 9780143008682 There are several worthwhile reasons for a book such as this to exist. Firstly, there is no longer any serious scientific debate about whether…
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Finding touch, Chris Laidlaw

Tall Tales (Some True): Memoirs of an Unlikely Writer Greg McGee Penguin Books, $37.00, ISBN 9780143009139 McGee describes himself as an unlikely writer. This rather begs the question: what makes for a likely writer? Someone who has been brought up…
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Framing ourselves, Sean Redmond

A Coming of Age: Thirty Years of New Zealand Film Duncan Petrie and Duncan Stuart Random House, $44.99, ISBN 9781869790196 Images of Dignity: Barry Barclay and Fourth Cinema Stuart Murray Huia, $50.00, ISBN 9781869693282 The two books under review provide…
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Stabs of recognition, Joanne Drayton

Getting There: An Autobiography Barbara Anderson Victoria University Press, $50.00,  ISBN 9780864735904 Each weekday morning Barbara Anderson sets off for the office. Her routine is ritualised.  She buys lunch, drinks a cup of coffee while she casts an eye over…
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Poem – Anne French

On the way  for Geoff Park   On the way to Mein Street, everyone  seems unnaturally well and strong.   That elegant girl, swinging her bag as she crosses the road in front of me;   that lean school-boy, slouching by the…
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A less than perky light, Stevan Eldred-Grigg

Gith Chris Else Random House, $27.99, ISBN 9781869790134 Show of Hands Anthony McCarten Random House, $29.99, ISBN 9781869419950 Swimmer’s Rope  Stephanie Johnson Random House, $29.99, ISBN 9781869790257 At the first look there’s not much to tie these three novels together.…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review

Obituary — Geoff Park

Geoff Park (1946-2009) I heard about Geoff Park long before I actually met him. David Young and Peter Horsley had told me about him, so I already knew about his energy and passion for plants and landscape, and the unusual…
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Doubles and damage, Geoff Miles

The Magician of Hoad Margaret Mahy HarperCollins, $39.99, ISBN 9781869506872 The Magician of Hoad takes Margaret Mahy into new territory – new for her at least. Her earlier YA novels were set in the real world. A highly-coloured version of…
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Poem – Heather McPherson

At Rangiora’s Ashley Street Cemetery   This graveyard’s a bit like the one  where we buried my mum and dad. Oldish,  a small town Anglican acreage … ours    used to seem huge. But after farms on the state  house outskirts…
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Letters – Issue 86

Sappho and the unspeakable If I’m a little surprised that Alan Loney joined up with the “moth to flame” industry about Sappho – which is probably little different from the industry round Homer, Virgil, Dante, Virginia Woolf or Emily Dickinson,…
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