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“The messy abundance”, Lydia Wevers

Entanglements of Empire: Missionaries, Māori, and the Question of the Body   Tony Ballantyne Auckland University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781869408268 Tony Ballantyne is famous throughout the world of imperial and colonial history for his invention of the very useful term “webs…
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Reading the past, Anna Rogers

Reading on the Farm: Victorian Fiction and the Colonial World Lydia Wevers Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9780864736352   The big sheep and cattle stations of 19th-century New Zealand and books were tough, physical, practical places, where men (and a…
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Placing Davin, Lydia Wevers

The Gorse Blooms Pale: Dan Davin’s Southland Stories Janet Wilson (ed) Otago University Press, $49.95,  ISBN 9781877372421 Dan Davin published his last short story, “Gardens of Exile”, in the New Zealand Listener in 1989. In it, the four boys of…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review, Short stories

In defence of theory, Barry Emslie

On Display: New Essays in Cultural Studies ed Anna Smith & Lydia Wevers Victoria University Press, $39.95, ISBN 0864734549 Collections of essays by different authors are rarely more than the sum of their parts, although it is invariably the case…
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Life in detail, Lydia Wevers

Letters from the Bay of Islands: The Story of Marianne Williams ed Caroline Fitzgerald Penguin, $39.95, ISBN 0143019295 It is always the detail of the past that brings it most sharply to mind. William Colenso’s observation in the 1880s that…
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Choosing a chocolate, Sue McCauley

On Reading Lydia Wevers Four Winds Press, $14.95, ISBN 0958251401 How to Live Elsewhere Harry Ricketts Four Winds Press, $14.95, ISBN 095825141X Jumping Ship Glenn Colquhoun Four Winds Press, $14.95, ISBN 0956251428 For years I’ve been confused over the definition…
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A demon for work, Lydia Wevers

An Unsettled Spirit: The Life & Frontier Fiction of Edith Lyttleton (G B Lancaster)  Terry Sturm Auckland University Press, $44.95, ISBN 1869402944   I first came across G B Lancaster in the reading room of the Mitchell Library in Sydney.…
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The odd couple, Eric Richards

States of Mind: Australia and New Zealand 1901-2001 ed Arthur Grimes, Lydia Wevers, and Ginny Sullivan Institute of Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, $39.00, ISBN 0908935644 There is something peculiar about two affluent and well-established small countries sitting together…
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In command of his talent, Lydia Wevers

The Ballad of Fifty-one  Bill Sewell HeadworX, $19.95, ISBN 0473092540 A couple of years ago I wrote a favourable review of Bill Sewell’s long poem Erebus (1999). He rang and thanked me after he read it; part of what he…
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