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Memories, dreams and idealisations, Emma Neale

Holy Terrors and Other Stories Amelia Batistich, Vintage Books, Random Century Group, Auckland, 1991, $19.95 How to belong, and where to find ‘home’, are the obsessions which unite the stories in this collection. These can tip over into a vivid…
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Publisher profiles 1, October 1991

A bird in flight: The Godwit Press In the back garden of a Mount Eden home lies the office of one of the newest of publishing houses, the Godwit Press, set up by Jane Connor and Andrew Campbell in 1990,…
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Creative use of language, Ken Arvidson

Selected Stories Patricia Grace, Penguin Books, Auckland, 1991, $19.95 Patricia Grace’s first two volumes of short stories, Waiariki (1975) and The Dream Sleepers (1980), and her first novel Mutuwhenua (1978), all contained glossaries giving the English meanings of the Maori…
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What to do with stranded whales, Stephanie Edmond

The Wildtrack Book Donna Bryant, Hodder and Stoughton, Auckland, 1990, $12.95 Did you know that people eat more sharks than sharks eat people? Or that the killer whale is neither a killer nor a whale, but a dolphin? Or that…
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Determined industry? Andrew Mason

Foreigners Mike Johnson, Penguin, Auckland, 1991, $19.95 Distortions John Connor, Reed Books, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 Man with Two Arms and other Stories Norman Bilbrough, Vintage, Auckland, 1991, $19.95 The Lie of the Land Michael Henderson, John McIndoe, Dunedin, 1991, $19.95…
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Addressing the crystal ball, Ben Gray

Unsettled Outlook, New Zealand in a Greenhouse World Matt McGlone, Tom Clarkson and Blair Fitzharris GP Books, Wellington, 1990, $19.95 Historical Taranaki: An Archaeological Guide Nigel Prickett, GP Books, Wellington, 1990, $19.95 The ‘Greenhouse effect’ has entered our vocabulary. Most…
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Diverse enjoyable strands, Heather Roberts

A Population of One Alice Glenday, Vintage, Auckland, 1991, $19.95 The Peace Monster John Smythe, Vintage, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 The Widowhood of Jacki Bates Frances Cherry, New Women’s Press, Auckland 1991, $19.95 Strained Relations Gaelyn Gordon, Vintage, Auckland, 1991, $24.95…
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Two outstanding plant books, Kerry Carman

Flowering Plants of New Zealand Colin Webb, Peter Johnson and Bill Sykes DSIR Botany, Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1990, $39.95 Wildflowers of New Zealand Owen Bishop Hodder and Stoughton, Auckland, 1990, $39.95 ‘Wildflower air is the sweetest air’, wrote Richard Jeffries…
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Chronicler of our ‘provincial’ past, Lawrence Jones

Always the Islands of Memory Noel Virtue, Vintage Books, Random Century Group, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 Noel Virtue’s fourth novel appeared in England early this year and like his third one In the Country of Salvation received favourable attention, Christopher Hawtree…
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Reassuring handbooks, Marie Bell

What Makes a Good School?  G P Books, Wellington, 1990, $12.95 Your Toddler Mary Stevenson and David Geddis, G P Books, Wellington, 1990, $12.95 What Makes a Good School? is timely. It aims to help parents, particularly those on boards…
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