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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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Posted in Children, Fiction, Literature, Review, Young adults

“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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Posted in Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review

Poem — Mark Pirie

Worlds for Jenny   Yesterday in the street a young girl stopped me to ask if I’d caught a ball from the new stadium yet. And I smiled back at her knowing that was her world. I thought about Dunedin,…
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Home straight, Meghan Nordeck

Looking for the Local: Architecture and the New Zealand Modern Justine Clark & Paul Walker Victoria University Press, $59.95, ISBN 0864733879   Publishing architecture is never easy. Partly this is a problem of trying to accommodate within the medium of…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review

Mucking in, Bill Sewell

Travelling to New Zealand  ed Lydia Wevers Oxford University Press, $59.95, ISBN 0195584112   It was literally the sort of pub where the conversation stops when a stranger walks in. Only there were just three customers, plus the proprietor, in…
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Posted in Essays, History, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Essentials of Bloketopia, Dale Williams

High Times in the High Country: The Life of a Musterer W V Kerr and John Kerr Penguin, $34.95, ISBN 0140294422 Easy Riders: Cruising the Long White Cloud Paul and Val Davis HarperCollins, $24.95, ISBN 1869503570 Blokes and Boats: Text…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Upstairs, downstairs, Anna Cottrell

Voice and Vision: A History of Broadcasting in New Zealand, Volume Two  Patrick Day Auckland University Press, $59.95, ISBN 1869402332   If you think this book will illuminate what you imagine goes on behind the screens when the show’s over…
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Fear and loneliness in Grey Lynn, Catharina van Bohemen

Guilt  Charlotte Grimshaw Abacus, $29.95, ISBN 0349111960   Among the chorus of young women’s voices emerging presently in NZ writing, Charlotte Grimshaw’s is strong and distinctive. Her two novels Provocation and Guilt are set mainly in Auckland and evoke a…
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