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Editorial – Issue 98

Two issues beyond the 20th anniversary edition of New Zealand Books and two before our 100th  issue, we’ve reached another milestone. The determined enthusiasts who founded the journal might well have predicted the first two, and will certainly have hoped…
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Heart to heart, Jane Westaway

Twelve Minutes of Love: A Tango Story Kapka Kassabova Portobello Books, $39.99, ISBN 9781846272844   Tango is just a dance in the sense that rugby is just a ball game. You live and breathe it. Or you don’t. Fans –…
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Editorial – Issue 96

Many Happy Returns! We’re delighted to be writing the editorial for this 20th anniversary issue of New Zealand Books. It contains the usual excellent reviews, but also new poetry and prose, and reflections from leading writers and those in the…
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Bovver boys

What they wrote A taste of contributor comments over our first 20 years   On New Zealand Books My hope is that New Zealand Books will provide a forum for frank discussion that dares to rise above the suffocating confines…
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Dress sense and sensibility, Jane Westaway

The Dress Circle: New Zealand Fashion Design Since 1940  Lucy Hammonds, Douglas Lloyd Jenkins and Claire Regnault Godwit, $75.00, ISBN 9781869621810   New Zealand Fashion Design Angela Lassig Te Papa Press, $120.00, ISBN 9781877385377   Fashion can signify everything from…
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Editorial – Issue 88

Going online Now in its 18th year, New Zealand Books is coming of age. Starting with this issue, you’ll be able to read us online as well as in print. Thanks to the foresight of our publisher Peppercorn Press and…
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To hell and gone, down there, Jane Westaway

Zone of the Marvellous: In Search of the Antipodes Martin Edmond Auckland University Press, $34.99, ISBN 9781869404475 Anna Kavan’s New Zealand: A Pacific Interlude in a Turbulent Life Jennifer Sturm (ed) Vintage, $36.99, ISBN 9781869791339 Passageways: The Story of a…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review

Cock-a-doodle-do Jane Westaway

Roosters I Have Known Steve Braunias Awa Press, $30.00, ISBN 9780958275057 When my kids were small, we kept a bantam rooster called Mr Wingspan. The name was meant to be ironic, but what Mr Wingspan lacked in stature he more…
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Neither here nor there, Jane Westaway

Here Comes Another Vital Moment Diane Brown Godwit, $25.00, ISBN 1869621190 News of the Swimmer Reaches Shore      Gregory O’Brien Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 0864735324 Luca Antara: Passages in Search of Australia Martin Edmond Addenda, $44.95, ISBN 1921037083 According to…
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Editorial – Issue 80

Fruit and veg Who’d be a judge? Particularly a literary judge. As Kevin Ireland once observed, when you’re a judge, the only ones who love you are the winners. Which, taken to the other extreme, can mean former mates crossing…
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