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Previously unthought ways, Stephanie Johnson

These Lives I Have Buried Lindsay Rabbitt Four Winds Press, $14.95, IBSN 0958251452 What Makes A Teacher?  Jack Lasenby Four Winds Press, $14.95, IBSN 0958251444 Ghost Who Writes Martin Edmond Four Winds Press, $14.95, IBSN 0958251436 A directive for enjoying…
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P is for Price, Kay Hancock

Ready to Read and the PM Books: A Memoir  Hugh Price Gondwanaland Press, $5.00, ISBN 0958208395 This memoir follows on from Price’s earlier publication o! I am on an ox: Teaching reading in New Zealand 1877 to 2000 (2000). Ready…
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Blaming Tolkien, Kate de Goldi

I’ve been reading children’s fantasy for 40 years. There are some gaps in my reading, and it’s true that if forced to choose between an unrelieved diet of fantasy or social realism, I’d go for the latter. It’s also true…
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Screen play, Martin Edmond

On River Road Chris Else Random, $26.95, ISBN 1869416236 Tarzan Presley Nigel Cox Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864734808 Stench Mike Johnson Hazard Press, $24.95, ISBN 1877270687 Three books, all works of fiction, all by men who will not see…
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United they stood, Don Aimer

Black Prince: the biography of Fintan Patrick Walsh Graeme Hunt Penguin, $45.00, ISBN 014301935X The Big Blue: Snapshots of the 1951 Waterfront Lockout ed David Grant Canterbury University Press in association with The Trade Union History Project, $29.99, ISBN 1877257281…
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In defence of theory, Barry Emslie

On Display: New Essays in Cultural Studies ed Anna Smith & Lydia Wevers Victoria University Press, $39.95, ISBN 0864734549 Collections of essays by different authors are rarely more than the sum of their parts, although it is invariably the case…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Poem — Nicholas Reid

Back Door   High as the handle, a garden viewed square by square Through the stained-glass edging of a grandmother’s door. Yellow. Like a cheap sucked lollipop makes the sunshine rowdy the leaves and grass sickly. Yellow for running butter,…
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From Warsaw to Pahiatua, Jennifer Shennan

New Zealand’s First Refugees: Pahiatua’s Polish Children ed Adam Manterys Polish Children’s Reunion Committee, $39.95, ISBN 0476007399 Many New Zealanders know that in 1944 a shipload of orphaned children, refugees from war-torn Poland (732 children and 102 caregivers, to be…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review, War

What minds make, Nelson Wattie

Beyond Wittgenstein’s Poker: New Light on Popper and Wittgenstein Peter Munz Ashgate Publishing Limited, $62.00, ISBN 0754640159 Working at the interface between literature and science, Gillian Beer recently asked in The Guardian: “How do you have new ideas? Language is…
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Reading teeth, Jane Hurley

Music from a Distant Room Stephanie Johnson Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 1869416171 Nola Lane is a dental nurse who loves her job. By day she peers carefully into small mouths, tamps down zinc and mercury into tiny jaws and snips cottonwool…
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