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Driven to grizzling, Dale Williams

The Cars We Loved John McCrystal Penguin, $36.95, ISBN 01401004517 Killing Us Softly: The Kiwi Culture of Complaint John Bluck Shoal Bay Press, $24.95, ISBN 1877251100 Kiwiana! The Sequel Richard Wolfe and Stephen Barnett Penguin, $49.95, ISBN 0140298770 We seek

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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Romancing the colonial, Jane Stafford

Johanna’s World O M Andresen (trans Johan Bonnevie) HarperCollins, $24.95, ISBN 1869503708 Mrs Rochester Warwick Blanchett HarperCollins, $24.95, ISBN 1869503651 Consequences Carol Thomas HarperCollins, $19.95, ISBN 1869503732 The uses of history are manifold and many-faceted. The literary uses of history

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Meet the monsters, Tony Simpson

Three Labour Leaders: Nordmeyer, Kirk, Rowling  ed Margaret Clark Dunmore Press, $29.95, ISBN 086469394X Mirrors on the Hill: Reflections on New Zealand’s Political Leaders  Keith Eunson Dunmore Press, $29.95, ISBN 086469385 To the uninitiated, looking in askance from without, politics

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Posted in Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review

Historians for hire, David Grant

Going Public: the Changing Face of New Zealand History ed Bronwyn Dalley and Jock Phillips Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 186940226X If I were an insecure sort of chap, I might be worried about what I actually do for a

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The amazonian element, Diane Hebley

The Apple Tree and other stories Lynley Dodd Mallinson Rendel, $29.95, ISBN 0908783469 Scarface Claw Lynley Dodd Mallinson Rendel, $24.95, ISBN 0908783620 Baby Bumble and the Sock Pirates Vivienne Joseph, illustrated by Ruth Paul Mallinson Rendel, $24.95, ISBN 0908783507 Nanny

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Posted in Children, Fiction, Literature, Review

Fragments of possible worlds, David Gregory

Fourteen Reasons for Writing Kevin Ireland Hazard Press, $21.95, ISBN 18877270080 It may not possess the weight of historical significance of The Kennedy Question, but I asked myself, “where were you when Kevin Ireland’s first book of poetry (Face to

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“Bugger the dragonflies”, Bernard Carpinter

Shirker Chad Taylor Allen & Unwin, $35, ISBN 0862419026 A defenestration (nice word, eh?) makes an arresting beginning to Chad Taylor’s third novel. Especially as the defenestree is the narrator. Just how Ellerslie Penrose came to be flying out of

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Editorial — Issue 51

All in the same nest The Germans have a word for it: Nestbeschmutzung. It literally means “fouling the nest”, but it has a more general meaning of “putting down your own kind”. This is in effect what Rosemary McLeod did

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Subliminal euphonies, Cilla McQueen

Realia  Kate Camp Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864734204   deep down musical hearts beat for no reason no apparent reason (“Beats”)   I like the sound of Kate Camp. She has an ear for a harmonic beat within the

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Letters — Issue 51

Biography and ventriloquism It is not normally my practice to reply to reviews or reviewers: authors have their say in books, then reviewers have theirs in reviews. The danger in not replying to wrong-headed comments, however, is that readers imagine

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