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Mucking in, Bill Sewell

Travelling to New Zealand  ed Lydia Wevers Oxford University Press, $59.95, ISBN 0195584112   It was literally the sort of pub where the conversation stops when a stranger walks in. Only there were just three customers, plus the proprietor, in…
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Good (wo)men wanted Susan Budd

Floating Lines Denis Baker David Ling, $24.95, ISBN 0908990685 Four Ways to be a Woman Sue Reidy Black Swan, $24.95, ISBN 0552996971   Denis Baker’s first collection of short stories and Sue Reidy’s second novel both examine the roles into…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review, Short stories

Upstairs, downstairs, Anna Cottrell

Voice and Vision: A History of Broadcasting in New Zealand, Volume Two  Patrick Day Auckland University Press, $59.95, ISBN 1869402332   If you think this book will illuminate what you imagine goes on behind the screens when the show’s over…
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Editorial – Issue 47

Valuing writers One of the many reasons New Zealand Books exists is for the sake of writers. Of course, we exist for readers too. Without our readers, both the specialist ones and those who have a general interest in New…
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Poem – Mark Pirie

Worlds for Jenny   Yesterday in the street a young girl stopped me to ask if I’d caught a ball from the new stadium yet. And I smiled back at her knowing that was her world. I thought about Dunedin,…
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A response from the publishers

The basic premise of your editorial in the December 2000 issue (“Publishers behaving badly”) was quite reasonable. Publishers should indeed accept or reject submissions, or discuss a continuation of consideration with authors within three months. Unfortunately, the editorial tends to…
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Generous to a fault, Jane Stafford

New Zealand Love Poems ed Lauris Edmond Oxford University Press, $45.00, ISBN 0195583981 Posthumous volumes invite a certain kind of reading, a feeling that, as this is the last time we will speak to the author, they are addressing us…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Reeling in the years, Diana Noonan

After the War  Bob Kerr Mallinson Rendel, $22.95, ISBN 0908783515 Hedgehog Howdedo Lynley Dodd Mallinson Rendel, $22.95, ISBN 0908783558 Mouse Hotel Pamela and Richard Wolf Random House, $26.95, ISBN 1869414497 I Heard a Blackbird Singing  Mayne Thompson (illustrations by Barbara…
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Posted in Children, Fiction, Literature, Review

Apocalypse Soon, David Hill

Power and Chaos Paula Boock Random House, $14.95, ISBN 1869414357 The Wave Rider Graeme Lay Penguin, $15.95, ISBN 014139028X Red Cliff Bernard Beckett Longacre, $14.95, ISBN 1877135429 A Whistle from the Blunder Diana Noonan Longacre, $14.95, ISBN 1877135402   About…
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Posted in Children, Fiction, Literature, Review, Young adults

Strangers in a strange land, Chris Else

A Spider-Web Season and The Transfer Station  Russell Haley Hazard Press, $24.95, ISBN 1877161799   Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold …” This line from Yeats is the epigraph to Russell Haley’s first book, The Walled Garden (1972). It…
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