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Constant uncertainty, Dougal McNeill

Journals 1938-1945 Charles Brasch Margaret Scott (transcriber), Andrew Parsloe (annotator) Otago University Press, $60.00, ISBN 9781877372841 Enduring Legacy, the Hocken Library’s 2003 exhibition marking the release of Charles Brasch’s papers from their embargo, was subtitled “patron, poet and collector”. Brasch…
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KM’d & KO’d, Alison Gray

Recollecting Mansfield Margaret Scott Godwit, $29.95, ISBN 1869620763 It is hard to know whether Katherine Mansfield would have been delighted, amazed or appalled at the industry that has evolved since her death, at the academic careers she has sustained, at…
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The squirrel instinct, Heather Murray

The Katherine Mansfield Notebooks Edited by Margaret Scott Lincoln University Press & Daphne Brasell Assoc. Ltd, 2 vols, $79.95 per volume (soft cover), ISBN: 0 908896 48 4 / 0 908896 49 2 Katherine Mansfield: New Zealand Stories  Selected by…
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Posted in Literature, Review, Short stories

‘I have been ill for 200 years’, Jane Stafford

The Collected Letters of Katherine Mansfield: Volume 3, 1919‑1920 Vincent O’Sullivan and Margaret Scott (eds), Clarendon Press, $110.95 It is only in fiction that illness makes people saintly. In real life, invalids are cantankerous, depressive and manipulative. To be close…
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Women detecting, Margaret Scott

Murder at the Brian Boru Joan Druett, Harper Collins, $19.95 Backtrack Carol Dawber, River Press, $16.95 These two books have some similarities but more, and greater, differences. Both are murder mysteries set in New Zealand with a woman observer/ solver.…
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