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Bill Sewell: Subtracting the magic

Crik’ey: New and Selected Poems 1978‑1994 Cilla McQueen John McIndoe, $19.95 It is just 12 years since Cilla McQueen burst into the literary world with her collection Homing In. In that time she has published five volumes of poetry, of…
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Rich and disturbing detail, Lydia Wevers

The Sky People and Other Stories Patricia Grace, Penguin Books, $24.95 The Ace of Diamonds Gang and Other Stories Owen Marshall, John McIndoe, $19.95 The Foreign Woman Fiona Kidman, Vintage, $19.95 All the Tenderness Left in the World Stephanie Johnson,…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review, Short stories

A different planet, Pauline Engel

Breaking the Habit: Life in a New Zealand Dominican Convent 1956-67, Judith Graham, John McIndoe, $24.95 ‘Out in the world …’ used to be a common utterance in convent life. Unconsciously it implied that we inhabited a different planet. Judith…
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Yes, but who let it become so? Colin James

New Zealand’s Constitution in Crisis: Reforming Our Political System Geoffrey Palmer, John McIndoe, $34.95 Electoral Behaviour In New Zealand Martin Holland (ed), Oxford University Press, $29.95 New Zealand Politics in Perspective (3rd Edition) Hyam Gold (ed), Longman Paul, $49.95 Sir…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review

Dinosaurs, doctors and daredevils, Dale Williams

Valley of the Dinosaurs: The Story of New Zealand’s Dinosaur Woman Joan Wiffen, Random Century, $19.95 (128 pp) When Joan Wiffen’s husband Pont became too ill to attend his geology night classes, this Hawke’s Bay housewife went in his place…
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Posted in Autobiography, Biography, Memoir, Non-fiction, Review

Big questions: part answers, James Norcliffe

Why Things Fall Chris Else, Tandem, $24.95 Love and War Elspeth Sandys, Vintage, $24.95 Jim’s Elvis Colleen Reilly, John McIndoe, $19.95 Why Things Fall at first glance seems quite a departure from Chris Else’s earlier ficciones, Dreams of Pythagoras (1981).…
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Rich repertoire, Lawrence Jones

Tomorrow We Save the Orphans Owen Marshall, John McIndoe, Dunedin, 1992, $24.95 Last year as I was working through a huge box of anonymous entries to the Bank of New Zealand Katherine Mansfield Award competition, I came across an ill‑typed,…
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Maritime and general short reviews, Gavin McLean

Waitemata Ferry Tales Sally Fodie, Collins, Auckland, 1991, $19.95 Sally Fodie was the first woman master of an Auckland harbour ferry. Waitemata Ferry Tales, her short collection of nautical anecdotes, shows that it was not easy to elbow her way…
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Posted in Health, Māori, Memoir, Natural History, Non-fiction, Sociology

A new young voice, Kirsty Cochrane

The Kite Ron Bacon and Kelvin Hawley, Hodder & Stoughton, Auckland, 1991, $10.95 Out Walked Mel Paula Boock, John McIndoe, Dunedin, 1991, $16.95 A picture-book format, and a story that doesn’t quite match: which could be a short-story for slightly…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review, Young adults

Gavin McLean: Diverse and shorter reviews

The Great New Zealand Fossil Book: Pictures of Ancient Life in an Evolving Land Ron Brazier, Ian Keyes and Graeme Stevens, DSIR Geology and Geophysics, Wellington, 1990, $49.95 On Shaky Ground: a Geological Guide to the Wellington Metropolitan Region Graeme…
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Posted in History, Natural History, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology
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