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Remarkable riders, Anna Rogers

Roger Robinson and Anna Rogers review books that document ‘a little-discussed area of women’s endeavour’. Racing Women of New Zealand Mary Mountier, Daphne Brasell Associates Press, $34.95 As a reviewer for this book, I am what could be described as…
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Shaping the Women’s Book Festival for a future, Rachel Lawson

For most of us the Listener Women’s Book Festival appears without question each September. Women crowd to events all over the country to put a face to their favourite authors, ask tricky questions about their lives and characters, and splash…
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A sporting chance, Roger Robinson

Roger Robinson and Anna Rogers review books that document ‘a little-discussed area of women’s endeavour’.   Athletes of the Century: 100 Years of New Zealand Track and Field Peter Heidenstrom, GP Publications, $49.95 The world’s first international races for women…
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Posted in Gender, Non-fiction, Review, Sport

An important piece of social history, Ruth Fry

Redbrick and Bluestockings: Women at Victoria 1899-1993 Beryl Hughes and Sheila Ahern, Victoria University Press, $29.95 This is not a book for dipping into in order to check whether the achievements of one’s aunt at university are properly recorded. It…
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Posted in Education, Gender, History, Non-fiction, Review

Beach, bush and brews, Gavin McLean

A Guide to the New Zealand Seashore Dave Gunson, VikingPacific, $19.95 If you can’t be bothered carrying all your seabird, rock pool fish and native plants books down to the beach with you, this book will be a fair substitute.…
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Superwoman/Wonderwoman, Marivee McMath

Superwoman: Where are You? Social Policy and Women’s Experience C Briar, R Munford and M Nash (eds), Dunmore Press, $39.95 Superwoman: Where are You? is a catchy title. Since Superwoman is the female counterpart of Superman, created both after and…
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Posted in Gender, Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review

Collection of writings a ‘veritable smorgasbord’, Maureen Molloy

The Vote, the Pill and the Demon Drink: A History of Feminist Writing in New Zealand Charlotte Macdonald, Victoria University Press, $49.95 Charlotte Macdonald’s compilation of original New Zealand writings by and about women’s rights is a most welcome addition…
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He waka kua eke, Juliet Raven

Deep River Talk: Collected Poems Hone Tuwhare, Godwit, $49.95 hbk, $29.95 pbk Hone Tuwhare’s Collected Poems, drawn from eight previous volumes of poetry, spans thirty years of writing. This in itself represents a problem for the reviewer. There is something…
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‘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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Posted in Autobiography, Biography, Letters, Literature, Non-fiction, Review

Writing herstory, Margaret Lovell-Smith

Women’s History: A Short Guide to Researching and Writing Women’s History in New Zealand Bronwyn Labrum, Bridget Williams Books/ Historical Branch, Department of Internal Affairs, $17.95 Women of Spirit Barbara Sampson, The Salvation Army, $9.95 The Ladies Are At It…
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Posted in Gender, History, Non-fiction, Review
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