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Here and now, Tom Beard

Scenes from a Small City Lauris Edmond, Daphne Brassell Associates, $24.95   Lauris Edmond’s poems have always conveyed a strong sense of time and place, so it is no surprise that in a volume based around life in Wellington the…
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Rather like New Zealanders, Lauris Edmond

What makes literary festivals so popular? Are writers themselves fascinating to meet in the flesh, or is it the lure of a spectator sport for intellectuals, conferring a greater cachet than rugby or baseball and just as exciting? The Vancouver…
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The Independent Outlook, Lauris Edmond

This is the text of a graduation address given to the School of Humanities, Waikato University, in April this year.   There was a time when New Zealanders were, or appeared to be, a peaceful people. We did what we…
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Shedding light on an unknown place, Lauris Edmond

Maud and Amber, A New Zealand mother and daughter and the Women’s Cause, 1865 to 1981 Ruth Fry, Canterbury University Press, $29.95 Mihipeka: Time of Turmoil Mihi Edwards, Penguin, $24.95 For the past twenty years or so historians and biographers…
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Simple fact or subtle fiction? William Broughton

The Quick World, Autobiography Volume 3 Lauris Edmond, Bridget Williams Books, $29.95 The Quick World completes Lauris Edmond’s promised autobiographical trilogy, and documents the most recent 15 or so years of her life. I find that I have come more…
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The fall of a decent joker, Michael Gifkins

The Autobiography of My Father Martin Edmond, Auckland University Press, $29.95 There is an entry in the book of New Zealand literary politics which reads: Edmond, Trevor, schoolteacher, husband of Lauris, poet (late-flowering); father of (inter alia) Martin, scriptwriter, see…
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Fins and feathers, Lauris Edmond

Wade Doak’s World of New Zealand Fishes Hodder & Stoughton, 1991, $49.95 New Zealand’s Extinct Birds Brian Gill and Paul Martinson, Random Century, 1991, $49.95 A Field Guide to New Zealand Birds Geoff Moon, Reed Books, 1992, $34.95 Before I…
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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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Three assured poets, Janet Wilson

Wakeful Nights: Poems Selected and New Fiona Kidman, Vintage, Auckland, 1991, $19.95 New and Selected Poems Lauris Edmond, Oxford University Press, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 Time Zones Fleur Adcock, Oxford University Press, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 In their range and assurance these…
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Autobiography of grace and clarity, Andrew Mason

Bonfires in the Rain Lauris Edmond Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, 1991, $27.95 In outline, the story Lauris Edmond has to tell in this, her second volume of autobiography, would be typical of many New Zealand women who married about the…
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