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Whose history? Simon Hay

wThe Expatriate Myth: New Zealand Writers and the Colonial World  Helen Bones Otago University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9781988531175 The Expatriates  Martin Edmond Bridget Williams Books, $50.00, ISBN 9781988533179 Helen Bones aims to dismantle the “myth” that New Zealand writers, in…
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Carnival anarchists, Martin Edmond

Goneville: A Memoir Nick Bollinger Awa Press, $39.00, ISBN 9781927249543 This Explains Everything Richard von Sturmer Atuanui Press, $30.00, ISBN 9780994137609 The authors of these two books have a few things in common: they were both born in late 1950s…
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The archaeologist of memory, Ingrid Horrocks

The Dreaming Land Martin Edmond Bridget Williams Books, $40.00, ISBN 9780908321490 The Dreaming Land is Martin Edmond’s first full-length work of autobiography, but he’s been working in the territory of life writing and memoir for a long time. He is…
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Mingling the sacred and the profane, Martin Edmond

The Penguin Book of New Zealand War Writing Harry Ricketts and Gavin McLean (eds) Penguin Books, $65.00, ISBN 9780143573098 Oddly enough – or perhaps not – when this book arrived at my door I remembered one of the more arcane…
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Looking for home, David Cohen

Barefoot Years Martin Edmond Bridget Williams Books, $15.00, ISBN 9781927277676 On Coming Home Paula Morris Bridget Williams Books, $15.00, ISBN 9780908321117 Somewhere in the course of his perceptive career, in what one assumes was a more or less idle moment,…
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Posted in Essays, Non-fiction, Review

Constant fizz and playful grace, Mark Houlahan

Alan Brunton: Beyond the Ohlala Mountains: Poems 1968-2002 Michele Leggott and Martin Edmond (eds) Titus Books, $38.00, ISBN 9781877441479 Sweeping the Courtyard: The Selected Poems of Michael Harlow Michael Harlow Cold Hub Press, $40.00, ISBN 9780473274207 My first Red Mole…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Dreaming and aching, Ashleigh Young

The Place of Stones Martin Edmond The Holloway Press, $275.00, ISBN 9780986461866 Jumping Ship and Other Essays  Glenn Colquhoun Steele Roberts, $25.00, ISBN 9781877577765 When Martin Edmond picks up a piece of schist from Alaska – in which are embedded…
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Self-portrait with encounters, Martin Edmond

Touchstones: A Memoir James McNeish Vintage, $30.00, ISBN 9781869799328 The first book I was ever asked to review, way back in the early 1970s, was James McNeish’s Mackenzie – a work as idiosyncratic, obdurate and strange as the man it…
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What we call the past, Martin Edmond

The Hungry Heart: Journeys with William Colenso Peter Wells Vintage, $49.99, ISBN 9781869794743   Give Your Thoughts Life: William Colenso’s Letters to the Editor  Ian St George (ed) Otago University Press, $60.00, ISBN 9781877578144   The Greek word historia, from…
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Fruit bats to faith, Stella Ramage

Dark Night: Walking with McCahon Martin Edmond Auckland University Press, $37.99, ISBN 9781869404833   A meander through Sydney in the possible footsteps of artist Colin McCahon, who once spent 28 amnesiac hours lost in the unfamiliar city, seems a flimsy…
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