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Antipodean apparatchik, Barry Gustafson

Tomorrow Comes the Song: A Life of Peter Fraser Michael Bassett and Michael King Penguin Books, $49.95, ISBN 0140297936 The late Professor John Roberts once told me a story about his father “Big Jim” Roberts, nicknamed “the uncrowned King of…
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“Better to tell it all”, Vincent O’Sullivan

Wrestling with the Angel: a life of Janet Frame  Michael King Viking, $49.95, ISBN 0 670 89371 4   Penguin Books knew they were onto what commerce knows as “a good thing” when they took on the publication they now…
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Funnier, meaner Sargeson beyond this good Life, Vincent 0’Sullivan

Frank Sargeson: A Life Michael King Penguin, $49.95 hardback (paper to come) ISBN 0 670 83847 0 It is easy to appreciate the view that impartial biography ‑ if such a thing ever really exists ‑ is not likely to…
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15 writers: ‘You must read this’

Tell us about the book you want to give everyone for Christmas and/or the book you hope no one gives you for Christmas, we asked twenty-four of our top writers and critics. Fifteen of them dared to respond.   Jenny…
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Autobiography through journalism, Rachel Lawson

Hidden Places: a memoir in journalism Michael King, Hodder and Stoughton, 1992, $27.95   Rachel Lawson reviews Michael King’s new book and discusses his work with him. Michael King has established his reputation through exploring what it means to be…
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Issues of shared identity, Peter Beatson

Pakeha: The Quest For Identity in New Zealand Michael King (ed), Penguin Books, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 I came to this book already blooded from a remarkably bad-tempered review by Maurice Shadbolt, in which he variously described the contributors as numb…
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