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Rolling the credits, Nicholas Reid

Reframing Women – a History of New Zealand Film  Deborah Shepard HarperCollins, $59.95, ISBN 1869503147   Books that set out to be histories of an art form are always doing two things simultaneously – documenting and criticising. Deborah Shepard’s Reframing…
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A response from the publishers

The basic premise of your editorial in the December 2000 issue (“Publishers behaving badly”) was quite reasonable. Publishers should indeed accept or reject submissions, or discuss a continuation of consideration with authors within three months. Unfortunately, the editorial tends to…
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Poem — Paul Wolffram

Reader   In writing, I can’t help but remember with intimate indifference the vein that runs parallel to your neck. Entering bone just below and in front of your earlobe, where it’s riven with vein purpose beneath your lower row…
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Passion and precision, Chris Laidlaw

A Lucky Man Keith Quinn Shoal Bay Press, $44.95, ISBN 0908704917 It is one of life’s idiosyncrasies that the nicer a guy is, the more some people will feel compelled to hate him. Keith Quinn, the doyen of television sports…
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Poem — Jan Kemp

Rain   The night you flew away it rained soft rain to veil your going rain which knows you’ll return. I’ll be there on the other side of the glass in your reflection when you look for me in this…
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A bit of rough, Julia Millen

A Life in Loose Strides: the story of Barry Crump  Colin Hogg Hodder Moa Beckett, $34.95, ISBN 1869588223   For 40 years his name has been identified with the quintessential Kiwi male: resilient, adventurous, self-sufficient, laconic, handy with rifle and…
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Apocalypse Soon, David Hill

Power and Chaos Paula Boock Random House, $14.95, ISBN 1869414357 The Wave Rider Graeme Lay Penguin, $15.95, ISBN 014139028X Red Cliff Bernard Beckett Longacre, $14.95, ISBN 1877135429 A Whistle from the Blunder Diana Noonan Longacre, $14.95, ISBN 1877135402   About…
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“No, bad language, please”: the YA fiction debate, Jane Westaway

Sex, suicide, abortion, incest, violence, substance abuse – read all about it in young adult (YA) fiction. In the last decade or so, the genre has become identified with what enthusiasts applaud as gritty realism, presenting characters and situations adolescents…
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Generous to a fault, Jane Stafford

New Zealand Love Poems ed Lauris Edmond Oxford University Press, $45.00, ISBN 0195583981 Posthumous volumes invite a certain kind of reading, a feeling that, as this is the last time we will speak to the author, they are addressing us…
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Evolution or revolution? Terence O’Brien

New Zealand in World Affairs: Vol. 3, 1972-1990  ed Bruce Brown Victoria University Press, $39.95, ISBN 0864733720   In his introduction to this third volume in the history of modern New Zealand international relations, covering 1972-1990, Merv Norrish suggests the…
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