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Editorial – Issue 79

The haunting Street banners calling for donations to the annual City Mission book sale had us each confidently scanning our shelves for give-aways, applying a literary version of that wardrobe rule – haven’t worn it for at least two seasons?…
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Editorial – Issue 77

A modest makeover With this, its 77th issue, New Zealand Books reverts to a quarterly, and one with a new look: notably, a striking front cover, a fresh typeface and an elegant new page design. It is, of course, common…
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Editorial – Issue 75

The importance of being earnest Palmerston North writer Craig Harrison once glumly observed in an interview with one of us that, although the trend might be apparent only to someone who had read all 140 entries in Palmerston North’s Evening…
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Editorial – Issue 74

Love and theft At first glance, what does and doesn’t constitute literary plagiarism looks pretty straightforward. Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh certainly thought so. They tried to prove in a London court that Dan Brown took “at least 15 core…
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How not to, Jane Westaway

How to Read a Book Kelly Ana Morey Awa Press, $24.95, ISBN 0958253897 How to Look at a Picture Justin Paton Awa Press, $24.95, ISBN 0958253889 Second-rate fiction, someone said, is utterly useless. A poor novel or short story gets…
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In and out of the mincer, Jan Jordan

Accusation: A Wife’s Story Mary Fielding (with Jane Westaway) Longacre Press, $29.95, ISBN 1877361151 ”J’accuse!” (I accuse!). Just over 100 years ago Emile Zola’s article in Le Figaro on the Dreyfus Affair appeared beneath this bold headline, and helped to…
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Editorial – Issue 68

The dispraise problem   Witty essays by Iain Sharp and Paula Morris in recent issues of Landfall (May and November 2004) have again brought up that perennial hot topic – literary reviewing in New Zealand – and prompted us to…
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Enduring love, Jane Westaway

Between the Lives: Partners in Art ed Deborah Shepard Auckland University Press, $49.99, ISBN 186940339 The arresting Marti Friedlander photograph on the cover of Deborah Shepard’s Between the Lives shows the late Pat Hanly, painter, and Gil Hanly, photographer, side…
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Editorial – Issue 69

Miffed, maltreated and murderous In our last editorial we looked at reviewing from the relatively unimpassioned viewpoint of what’s good for New Zealand writing, reviewers and readers. But what, to misapply Freud, do authors want? The question is nowhere near…
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Editorial – Issue 66

How not to run a book launch It’s one of life’s great mysteries why, when many publishers are cutting back on book launches on the grounds that they don’t cover their own costs, invitations to these events continue to pile…
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