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Limbering up, Anne French

It could be You Sue McCauley Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1 86962 008 9 The Mathematics of Jane Austen Elizabeth Smither Godwit, $24.95, ISBN 1 86941 317 2 Remember Me Linda Burgess Otago University Press, $21.95, ISBN 1 877 13335 3…
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Laughter and the force of dreams, Brian Turner

Work in progress Recently I listened to the now former New Zealand cricket representative Danny Morrison saying some uncomplimentary and patronising things about the cast-off captain, Lee Germon. The reason? Danny’s just published his autobiography, written in conjunction with an…
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Fascination, mystery, intrigue? Boring, Janet Hughes

Vows: Nuns and Priests Speak Out Denis Edwards Penguin, $24.95. ISBN 0 140 27159 7 This small book represents two trends apparent in recent publishing. One is the vogue for oral history — Vows consists of edited interview material, the…
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When the conversation lollies run out, Patrick Evans

The Dictionary of New Zealand English: New Zealand words and their origins ed H W Orsman Oxford University Press, $150.00, ISBN 0 19 558347 7 It is nearly 20 years since I and a number of fellow conference-goers spent an…
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Summer diversion

A quiz by Harry Ricketts and Hugh Roberts Summer’s here and we thought you might enjoy a diversion. We started out with an orthodox quiz (“who wrote…?”) but then we decided that the only thing more tedious than being asked…
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Traditional patterning, Diane Hebley

Children’s books The long history of story has inevitably established the effectiveness of traditional patterns. Among the 1997 crop of picture books, though illustrators often choose modern styles, most texts are structured traditionally, giving circularity in a promised repeat performance…
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Pluralism rules, OK? Colin James

New Zealand Politics in Transition Ed Raymond Miller Oxford University Press, $49.95, ISBN 0 19 558339 6 Politics in New Zealand, 2ed  Richard Mulgan Auckland University Press, $34.95, ISBN 1 86940 171 9 Beyond the Two Party System. Political Representation,…
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Another country, another time, Diana Bridge

Palaces in the Sky: a year among Tibetans Ted Reynolds Godwit Publishing, $29.95, ISBN 1 86962 000 3 You’re a Brave Man: a Kiwi odyssey in the Himalayas Elizabeth Harding Random House, $27.95, ISBN 1 86941 302 4 Ted Reynolds’…
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An open and, David Eggleton

Return to Sender Wira Gardiner Reed, $24.95, ISBN 0 140 25676 8 Nga Pepa a Ranginui — The Walker Papers Ranginui Walker Penguin, $29.95, ISBN 0 7900 0460 7 All festivals are acts of collective myth-making, chances for a nation…
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Spreading the Word, Bryan Gilling

Bible and Society: A Sesquicentennial History of the Bible Society in New Zealand Peter J Lineham Daphne Brasell Associates/Bible Society in New Zealand, $34.95, ISBN 0 908896 46 8 The production and distribution of the Bible is perhaps the quintessential…
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