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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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Posted in History, Natural History, Non-fiction, Review

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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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review

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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Posted in Natural History, Non-fiction, Review

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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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review

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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Posted in Education, Non-fiction, Review

Hard-edged social realism, Vincent O’Sullivan

The Shining City Stevan Eldred-Grigg, Penguin, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 Once upon a time there was the working class. It lived in wretched houses, did boring jobs, spoke with a consistently vulgar vitality, and as a sort of class badge, said…
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Fracture Country, Brian Turner

It’s Saturday 21 September, 3:45 p.m. I’m lying flat on my back in Ward 3B, Room 11, Dunedin Hospital. Four of us, flat on our backs, for this is fracture country. Ron, a farmer from Saddle Hill, broke his tibia…
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A peculiarly contemporary figure, Erik Olssen

The Verse of Edward Tregear K R Howe (ed), Nagare Press, Palmerston North, 1991, $20 The Singer in a Songless Land, A Life of Edward Tregear 1846-1931 K R Howe, Auckland University Press, 1991, $39.95 Edward Tregear was one of…
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Posted in Biography, History, Non-fiction, Review

Valuable studies of medicine and health, Bronwyn Dalley

A Healthy Country: Essays on the Social History of Medicine in New Zealand Linda Bryder (ed), Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, 1991, $29.95 A Question of Adoption Anne Else, Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, 1991, $29.95 Selfish Generations? The Ageing of New…
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Posted in Health, History, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Compact and elegant, Elric Hooper

Ngaio Marsh Margaret Lewis, Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, 1991, $29.95 This is more a meditation on a book than a detached and ruthless review. I must declare bias on two counts. First I was a pupil and latter-day friend of…
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