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An institutional story, David Grant

Coal, Class and Community: The United Mineworkers of New Zealand 1880‑1960 Len Richardson Auckland University Press, $39.95 ISBN 1 86940 113 1   Coalmining unionism has a long and tortured history in this country. The industry was first nurtured on…
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Saying it like it is, Jane Stafford

Palm Prints Fiona Kidman Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1 86941 228 1 Then and There: a Seventies Diary Dennis McEldowney Auckland University Press, $34.95, ISBN 1 86950 116 6 Accidental Life Phoebe Meikle Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1 86940 108…
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Posted in Biography, Non-fiction, Review

Preserving the personal myth, Harry Ricketts

Out On A Limb Martin Crowe Reed Publishing, $39.95, ISBN 0 7900 0387 2 Tortured Genius Joseph Romanos Hodder Moa Beckett, $39.95, ISBN 1 86958 187 3 In Anthony Powell’s roman fleuve, A Dance to the Music of Time, the…
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Much more than No 8, Antonius Papaspiropoulos

Kiwi Ingenuity ‑ A Book of New Zealand Ideas and Inventions Bob Riley AIT Press, $39.95 ISBN 0 9583334 4 0 There’s a wonderful sequence in a mid‑80s Woody Allen movie called A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy. Woody, a self‑confessed…
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To kill like pets? Sharon Crosbie

Why Cats Paint: a theory of feline aesthetics Heather Busch and Burton Silver Weidenfeld and Nicolson, $34.95 ISBN 0 297 83351 0   Never mind the theory, for heaven’s sake, do cats need a reason? Do we need to know?…
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Posted in Art, Non-fiction, Review

An offshore voice, Diana Bridge

In March this year Diana Bridge gave a talk at a Commonwealth studies conference at the University of Rajasthan at Jaipur in India. The talk was “an attempt to let an interested but undernourished academic audience hear some of our…
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Poem — John Allison

The Blind Musician My fingers read the braille of your body, sensing lyrics in your skin, the music on these staves of your rib‑cage. I lean close to hear its cadences: breathing. You are song, I sense your vibrancy. This…
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Erasing accessibility, Bill Sewell

The erasure tapes Alan Loney Auckland University Press, $19.95 ISBN 186940 1 14 x Reading Alan Loney’s work again is like opening up an old wound. For he is a survivor of the Freed group of the late 1960s and…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Poem — Fiona Kidman

Light gathers (for Topsy Wi) I went to your grandmother’s house on summer mornings when green‑gold pods of light gathered in the grass and the blue gum trees whistled in tune to our voices. You sat on the whare step…
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Fantastic account, Heather Murray

Tasman’s Lay Peter Hawes Hazard Press, $24.95 ISBN 0 908790 52 X Tin Nimbus Geoff Cochrane Victoria University Press, $24.95 ISBN 0 86473 279 1 The Warrior Queen Barbara Else Godwit Publishing, $19.95, ISBN 0 908877 61 7 Remains of…
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