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Issue 75 | October 2006

  Volume 16 | Number 4 | Issue 75 | October 2006 Brian Turner: Geoff Park, Theatre Country: Essays on Landscape and Whenua Editorial: “The importance of being earnest” Letters Kerry Popplewell: “Reading The Master” (poem) Mary Varnham: Edmund Bohan,…
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Cheery beery male bohemia, Julia Millen

The Bookmen’s Dominion: Cultural Life in New Zealand 1920-1950 Chris Hilliard Auckland University Press, $34.99, ISBN 1869403622 Pat Lawlor’s “bookmen” or “frothblowers” were middle-aged men identifiable and, in a way, isolated not by such things as flamboyant attire, but by…
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The sins of our fathers, Brian Turner

Theatre Country: Essays on Landscape and Whenua Geoff Park Victoria University Press, $39.95, ISBN 0864734573 In his excellent address to the New Zealand Landscape conference in 2003, included in Theatre Country under the title “A Moment in History”, Geoff Park…
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Children’s fiction Wilderness tips, Kathryn Walls

The Tears of Harry Wakatipu Jack Lasenby Longacre Press, $18.99, ISBN 1877361437 Stories about individuals surviving in the wilderness have a long history. The Old Testament represents the wilderness as the place of escape from the oppression and corruption of…
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Shifting the ground rules, Aaron Lister

Leo Bensemann: Portraits, Masks and Fantasy Figures Caroline Otto Nikau Press, $44.95, ISBN 0958224242 Frances Hodgkins: A Private Viewing Joanne Drayton Random, $59.95, ISBN 1869621174 The Expatriates: Barrie Bates and Frances Hodgkins Christina Barton Adam Art Gallery, $25.00, ISBN 1877309044…
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Not to be sneezed at, Rae Varcoe

Black November: The 1918 Influenza Pandemic in New Zealand Geoffrey W Rice University of Canterbury Press, $39.95, ISBN 1877257354 Survive Bird Flu and Other Disasters Bronwen King Hazard Press, $14.99, ISBN 1877393185 This week’s papers contain news of progress in…
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Palate cleansers, Paola Bilbrough

The Violinist in Spring Anna Smaill Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 08647350222 Hourglass Sue Wootton Steele Roberts, $19.95, ISBN 187733877X The Devil in My Shoes Phil Kawana Auckland University Press, $21.99, ISBN 1869403525 Poetry is an elastic genre; there are…
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Bubble jets of yearning, Murray Bramwell

Dante’s Heaven Jan Kemp Puriri Press, $30.00, ISBN 090894330X Beauty Sleep Kate Camp Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864735111 The Gas Leak Anna Jackson Auckland University Press, $21.99, ISBN 1869403568 In the fragile world of poetry publishing it is always…
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A wicked look Gerry Evans

Between the Lines: A Cartoon Century of New Zealand Political History, 1906-2005 Ian F Grant New Zealand Cartoon Archive, $39.00, ISBN 0958232040 Jews, Maori, Chinese, unionists, socialists, Red-feds, imbibers, wowsers, women, wharfies and, most frequently of all, politicians, have all…
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Snowflake game, David Larsen

The Geometry of Desire Linda Niccol David Ling, $24.99, ISBN 1877378054 Fish’n’Chip Shop Song and Other Stories Carl Nixon Random, $27.99, ISBN 1869417615 I set out recently to teach my nine-year-old son about apostrophes. It was pleasingly straightforward. You learn…
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