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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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Telling it like it was (perhaps), David Hill

A Life’s Sentences Gordon McLauchlan Penguin, $39.95, ISBN 0143019163 Sorry, I’m a Stranger Here Myself Peter Bland Vintage, $29.95, ISBN 1869416325 Both these books call themselves/are called memoirs. I’ve never liked the word; I find a back-of-hand-to-brow affectation in it.…
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Terminal Motel, Renée

Miles To Go Pauline O’Regan Penguin, $35.00, ISBN 0143019139 When I learned that Pauline O’Regan had written a book on ageing called Miles To Go, I thought damn, it’s bad enough being jolted or jollied by strangers – but a…
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Obituary — Maurice Shadbolt

Maurice Shadbolt (1932-2004) Dear Maurice – We could not have a conversation the last time we met, so a letter will have to do, and, as your superstitions always allowed, you’ll be sure to read this, with more time than…
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Letters – Issue 67

Better than boring  Andrew Mason’s sulphurous response (NZB, December 2004) to my article on academic reviewers – the article that level-headed Dame Fiona Kidman called level-headed – made through the fumes one point I could discern that I can help…
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From the edges, Anna Livesey

It Was a Tuesday Morning Peter Olds Hazard Press, $25.00, ISBN 187727075X Natural Anthem Leonard Lambert HeadworX, $19.95, ISBN 0473098032 Recessional Harvey McQueen HeadworX, $19.95, ISBN 0476002710 Peter Olds published work in the iconoclastic literary magazine Freed in the late…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Obituary, I A Gordon

I A Gordon (1908-2004) I A Gordon liked to be called “Prof”. It sounds quaint now, but, for him, the job was the man. The diverse roles of senior academic, scholar, literary leader and public intellectual defined him. With the…
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Like a good ballad, Catharina van Bohemen

Heart of Coal  Jenny Pattrick Black Swan, $26.95, ISBN 186941604X Heart of Coal is the sequel to Jenny Pattrick’s highly Successful Denniston Rose – the story of the isolated inhabitants of the coal-mining town of Denniston on the West Coast.…
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Ghosts and drummers, Bronwyn Tate

Grace is Gone Kelly Ana Morey Penguin, $28.00, ISBN 0143019406 Rhythm Rebekah Palmer Penguin, $28.00, ISBN 0143019058 In 2004 Penguin published second books by two of New Zealand’s emerging novelists. Kelly Ana Morey was recipient of the Todd New Writers’…
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Evidence of the strange and new, Mary Macpherson

George D Valentine: A 19th Century Photographer in New Zealand Ken Hall Craig Potton Publishing, $49.95, ISBN 1877333123 Travel to new places, whether as regular tourist or long-term visitor, carries with it a powerful urge to record and share the…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Photography, Review
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