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Seamless, Renée

Stitch: Contemporary New Zealand Textile Artists Ann Packer Random House, $59.99, ISBN 1869417887 I know Ann Packer’s work from her articles in newspapers and magazines, and never go anywhere without her little gem, Crafty Girls’ Road Trip.  So it was…
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Letters — Issue 79

Against the grain Please allow me to correct errors of fact and interpretation in Martin Edmond’s review of my biography of Mervyn Taylor (NZB, Winter 2007). Edmond claims Taylor’s “best, and best-known, works are woodblock prints”. They are not. So…
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Dead ends and hairpin bends, Nick Bollinger

Highway of Legends: On the Road with the Kings and Queens of Country Music Dianne Haworth HarperCollins, $29.99, ISBN 1869505891 The road is a place, both real and metaphorical, central to the life of any professional musician. It is where…
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Posted in Memoir, Music, Non-fiction, Review

Editorial — Issue 79

The haunting Street banners calling for donations to the annual City Mission book sale had us each confidently scanning our shelves for give-aways, applying a literary version of that wardrobe rule – haven’t worn it for at least two seasons?…
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Nuclear free-ish, Nicky Hager

Standing Upright Here: New Zealand in the Nuclear Age 1945-1990 Malcolm Templeton Victoria University Press, $49.95, ISBN 0864735405 First impressions suggest this is the kind of worthy and dense book few people will get around to reading. That would be…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review, Science

Issue 79 Spring 2007

  Volume 17 | Number 3 | Issue 79 | Spring 2007 Editorial Letters Tim Hazledine: Laurence Simmons (ed), Speaking Truth to Power: Public Intellectuals Rethink New Zealand Don Aimer: David Cook, Lake of Coal: The Disappearance of a Mining…
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Confessions of an historical romance virgin, Beryl Fletcher

The Paua Tower Coral Atkinson Black Swan, $27.99, ISBN 1869417623 The Sawdust Makers Jackie Fraser Hazard Press, $34.99, ISBN 187739307X Kitty  Deborah Challinor HarperCollins, $34.99 ISBN 1869506014 First, a confession: I’m an historical romance virgin. This is either a good…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review

Bring on the gothic, Jane Stafford

Fire  Deborah Challinor Harper Collins, $39.99, ISBN 9781869506001 Wild Latitudes Barbara Else Vintage, $27.99, ISBN 9781869418670 A Secret Mind  Kaye Kelly Black Swan, $27.99, ISBN 978869417819 Sylvia lay awake listening to the mournful cry of a morepork. Another noise, a…
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Our dark secrets, Tim Corballis and Ingrid Horrocks

Gothic NZ: The Darker Side of Kiwi Culture Misha Kavka, Jennifer Lawn, Mary Paul (eds) Otago University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1877372234 Strange goings-on in small towns. You know all about it – it’s the New Zealand gothic. It’s a familiar…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review, Short stories

The impudent what-if, Geoff Cush

New Zealand as it Might Have Been Stephen Levine (ed) Victoria University Press, $35.00, ISBN 0864735456 “Counterfactual” is the term preferred by the 15 writers here, who are mostly historians or political scientists, and mostly based at Victoria University of…
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