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East and west, Kim Griggs

Under the Osakan Sun  Hamish Beaton Awa Press, $34.99, ISBN 9780958275026 A Long Slow Affair of the Heart  Bruce Ansley Longacre, $34.99, ISBN 9781877460210 If this review were a competition, there should have been no contest – a young first-time…
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Huddle and glut, Michael Hulse

Further Convictions Pending: Poems 1998-2008 Vincent O’Sullivan Victoria University Press, $35.00,  ISBN 9780864736062 In “Being here”, the first of the 44 new poems in this generous book, Vincent O’Sullivan states explicitly for the first time an important position: It has…
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Civilisation safe, Hilary Stace

Parliament’s Library: 150 Years  John E Martin Steele Roberts, $59.99, ISBN 9781877448430 Freedom to Read: A Centennial History of Dunedin Public Library  Mary Ronnie Dunedin Public Libraries and the Dunedin Public Library Association $40.00, ISBN 9780473134624 In these uncertain times…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review

A dollop of literary life, Sue McCauley

Beside the Dark Pool Fiona Kidman Vintage, $37.99, ISBN 9781869790592 Such a seductive title for a memoir, hinting at murky depths of angst, turmoil and scandal. The stuff we hope, in fact expect, to find in the autobiography of a…
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Strength and integrity, Graeme McIndoe

Long Live the Modern: New Zealand’s New Architecture 1904-1984 Julia Gatley (ed) Auckland University Press, $64.99, ISBN 9781869404154 In this unashamedly celebratory volume, Julia Gatley has exercised a judicious eye in selecting and describing virtuoso architecture from all eras. Long…
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Voicing, Harry Ricketts

The Rocky Shore Jenny Bornholdt Victoria University Press, $25.00,  ISBN 9780864735805 The Rocky Shore is Jenny Bornholdt’s ninth volume of poems, published over the last 20 years. Its six extended sequences, “Confessional”, “The Rocky Shore”, “Willow”, “Fitter Turner”, “A Long…
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Poem — Miro Bilbrough

Door-snake    Door-snake got rolled. Dumped on the fringes of a shabby precinct, night. Door-snake was outsize, dirty puce. I mean, fat. Man-size. Spent the evening carousing in a low-life joint. Fleshy, hairless and invertebrate too. No wonder door-snake got…
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Letters — Issue 87

From the heart Linda Burgess’ review of Chicken Feathers in the Winter issue of NZB was warm and kind and I thank her for that. She made a comment that has been echoed by other reviewers, that the book was…
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Teacup warriors, Les Cleveland

Fernleaf Cairo: New Zealanders at Maadi Camp Alex Hedley (with Megan Hutching) HarperCollins, $36.39, ISBN 9781869507718 Grey Ghosts: New Zealand Vietnam Vets Talk About their War Deborah Challinor HarperCollins, $36.99, ISBN 9781869507718 Things Have Been Pretty Lively: The Great War…
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Issue 87 Spring 2009

  Volume 19 | Number 3 | Issue 87 | Spring 2009 Letters Harry Ricketts: Jenny Bornholdt, The Rocky Shore Sue McCauley: Fiona Kidman, Beside the Dark Pool Michael Hulse: Vincent O’Sullivan, Further Convictions Pending: Poems 1998-2008 Murray Bramwell: Janet…
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