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Counterpunching King, Stevan Eldred-Grigg

No Left Turn: The Distortion of New Zealand’s History by Greed, Bigotry and Right Wing Politics Chris Trotter Random House, $36.99, ISBN 9781869418090 This book is a riposte, a counterpunch in a sparring match between spokesmen for two ideologies. It’s…
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Issue 83 | Spring 2008

  Volume 18 | Number 3 | Issue 83 | Spring 2008 Editorial: “Hares and Tortoises” Jane Westaway: Steve Braunias, Roosters I Have Known Letters Tony Simpson: “Out of the Secret Annex” (Byline) Michael Nicolaidi: The Theatre Royal: An Illustrated…
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Work in progress — David Geary

Up the river David Geary comes to grips with Mark Twain in Maoriland. I have two wives. They met on a Canadian canoe trip down the W(h)anganui River in 2002. It was not a good scene. A Canadian canoe is…
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Obituary — Richard King

Richard King (1948-2008) The New Zealand book world lost one of its most able and respected publishers with the sudden and premature death earlier this year of Richard King, managing editor of Canterbury University Press. Over the past decade CUP…
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Poem – Jan Hutchison

John Clare’s Later Life (to see a crow fly in the thin blue line)   Years in Northampton Asylum where light thickened at his window   days when he shut out vowels and the letter y Nbd wll wn m   each…
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Cooked up, Stuart Murray

The Long Forgetting: Post-colonial Literary Culture in New Zealand Patrick Evans Canterbury University Press, $34.50,  ISBN 9781877257698 Approximately halfway through Patrick Evans’ study comes a paragraph that, upon reflection, more or less sums up the way the book works. The…
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Poem – Brian Turner

High Windows If you want to compliment someone call him grounded.  If you want to do him a favour  pray that there’s more order than chaos, more love    than hatred and resentment in his life, that  transfiguration and redemption are…
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Snapshots, Christine Johnston

The Best New Zealand Fiction Volume 4 Fiona Farrell (ed),  Vintage, $34.99, ISBN 9781869418779 The Girl Who Proposed: New Short Stories Elizabeth Smither Cape Catley, $29.99, ISBN 9781877340130 Here and There, Now and Then Isa Moynihan Earl of Seacliff Art…
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Pebbles at the window, Elizabeth Smither

Elizabeth Smither urges writers to recognise the rewards of rejection.  I once spoke to a writer who assured me he had never had a rejection slip. Years later I met an editor who told me he had received frequent submissions…
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All aboard, Don Aimer

Trainland: How Railways Made New Zealand Neill Atkinson Random House, $39.99, ISBN 9781869419059 I’ve always loved trains. A job in Timaru once in the days of steam had me driving regularly to Oamaru. North of the Waitaki River the main…
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