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JMT rules, ok, Laurence Jenkins

John Mansfield Thomson: Notes towards a Biography ed Margaret Clark with Jim Collinge and Martin Lodge Steele Roberts, $39.95, ISBN 1877228923 Those of us who crossed paths with John Mansfield Thomson, and there are legions, inevitably came away from any…
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Purveying books, John Roberts

Landmarks in New Zealand Publishing: Blackwood and Janet Paul, 1945‑1968 Janet Paul and John Mansfield Thomson National Library Gallery, $13.50 ISBN 0477 027490 The Turnbull: A Library and its World  Rachel Barrowman Auckland University Press in association with the Historical…
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Editorial — Issue 6

John Mansfield Thomson, who resigned from the Peppercorn Press in June, was the founding editor of New Zealand Books. The journal began as an idea of his; in making its first impact, and throughout the first 18 months of publication,…
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Eileen Mayo, Painter/ Designer, J M Thomson

Eileen Mayo, Painter/ Designer National Library of New Zealand, PO Box 1467, Wellington, $29.70 The inspiriting exhibition of Eileen Mayo’s work in the National Library Gallery is matched by this impeccably produced and stylish catalogue, which faithful to its subject…
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Editorial — Issue 4

This issue reflects the intense activity of women as writers, publishers, painters and participants in every conceivable activity from those presented in The Book of New Zealand Women to a lively figure of an earlier age, Lady Barker, whose classic…
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Editorial — Issue 3

J M Thomson: Looking forward As we near the end of our first year we have a better sense of our purpose and direction and are able to make adjustments and changes. First, the Peppercorn Press is a registered charity…
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Music as a cultural force: the lineaments of a tradition, John Roberts

The Oxford History of New Zealand Music John Mansfield Thomson Oxford University Press, Auckland, 1991, $69.95 This eagerly awaited book will take a high place in the company of recent reference works. The only cause for regret is that the…
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Editorial — Issue 2

Filling a gap Response to our first issue has crystallised in an appreciative awareness of the gap we are attempting to fill and of the role that lies ahead. Once minor technical faults had been corrected, our format proved the…
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Editorial — Issue 1

J M Thomson: Books in society   Over the past decade New Zealand books have increasingly won international renown. Books are one of our chief cultural assets however undervalued they may be by economic policy makers. This publication appears at…
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