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The loneliness of the short distance columnist, A K Grant

5 Days in Las Vegas Raybon Kan, Daphne Brasell Associates Press, $29.95   I must confess to a personal grievance in relation to this book, a collection of pieces, mostly from the Dominion or the Listener, by the gifted young

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Poem — Alex Scobie

  Grandfather   Gentle keeper of bees, with walrus Moustache stained by pipe smoke; Falkirk miner, half-blind, Burrowing and blasting shafts Through the Carboniferous Age, Illuminating with his Davy lamp Friezes of centipedes and ferns, Dead a million years ago,

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Fish and Slips, R M McDowall

The Rock Pool Fishes of New Zealand: Te ika aaria o Aotearoa Chris Paulin and Clive Roberts, Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, $49.95 This is a beautiful book. For decades, people interested in rock pool fauna and flora

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Narrow focus, Brian Easton

Corporatisation and privatisation: New Zealand Ian Duncan and Alan Bollard, Oxford University Press, $29.95   The preface of this book states ‘the work is based originally on an unpublished study of thirteen state enterprises, commissioned by the New Zealand Treasury

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Poem — Vincent O’Sullivan

In time of thanks and praise   My friend Judith’s house is so instructively wired that when she lights her 19th century ornamental lamp for one of her elegant, thoughtful dinners, the flame hisses when a man says so much as

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Snow White revisited, Malcolm MacLean

Handy Hints for Wicked Stepmothers: New Zealand Step-Parenting in the ’90s Nicola Lynch-Reeves, GP Books, price not given Pamela Trowel, a thirty-something slave of New York has just acquired, quite unintentionally, a child. Abdhul – maybe six, maybe nine, maybe

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Electoral debate, Jonathan Boston

Taking it to the People? The New Zealand Electoral Referendum Debate, Alan McRobie (ed), Hazard Press, $29.95 This book is about the continuing debate over electoral reform in New Zealand. It brings together a wide array of material (all of

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Poem — Harry Ricketts

Separation   What you find with separation is everyone else had been predicting it for ages; they just hadn’t got around to letting you know. Michael, for instance, leading such a fast life in New York that you receive a postcard

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Silver threads, Verna Schofield

New Zealand’s Ageing Society: The Implications Peggy G Koopman-Boyden (ed), Daphne Brasell Associates Press, $34.95   The debate on the role of the State in caring for our ageing population is intensifying. Already in the past year, the Government has

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Four-colour collations, Gavin McLean

Michael Fowler’s University of Auckland Michael Fowler, Mallinson Rendel, $49.95 Nelson Observed; Portraits of a New Zealand Province Christopher B Vine, The Nelson Institute, price not indicated The all-colour book of regional paintings and sketches used to be a mainstay

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