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Issue 107 Spring 2014

Volume 24 | Number 3 |  Issue 107 | Spring 2014 Letters Jack Vowles: John Roughan, John Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister Bernard Carpinter: Paul Cleave, Joe Victim; Ben Atkins, Drowning City Gyles Beckford: Maire Leadbetter, Peace, Power and…
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Letters — Issue 107

Audio-books Each quarter or so a CD bearing the latest edition of New Zealand Books arrives in my letterbox having been sent by the Blind Foundation. These CDs carry excerpts from current magazine titles as requested by the recipient. NZB…
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Mentors and protégés, Margot Schwass

Mentors and protégés  Editor and writer Margot Schwass looks at Frank Sargeson and his circle. “[There] is a notion about that I am leading a little group that I train to write in words of one syllable,” complains a leading…
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Development journalism, Alex Perrottet

Don’t Spoil My Beautiful Face: Media, Mayhem and Human Rights in the Pacific David Robie Little Island Press ISBN 9781877484254 It’s easy to read a book written by a journalist, especially if it covers wars, environmental disasters, independence struggles, and…
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Making up New Zealand, Geoff Watson

Encounters: The Creation of New Zealand. A History Paul Moon Penguin Books ISBN 9780143568506 The Voyagers: Remarkable European Explorations of New Zealand Paul Moon Penguin Books ISBN 9780143570554 In a year in which the historical focus is very much on…
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Delivery suite, Rae Varcoe

The Rise and Fall of National Women’s Hospital  Linda Bryder Auckland University Press ISBN 9781869408091 Many readers will be familiar with the furore which arose when Linda Bryder‘s A History of the ‘Unfortunate Experiment’ at National Women’s Hospital (2009) concluded…
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The museum as a book, Tim Walker

Take These With You When You Leave: Treasures of the Archive Georgina White MTG Hawke’s Bay ISBN 9780992259600 Architecture of the Heart Lucy Hammonds and Douglas Lloyd Jenkins MTG Hawke’s Bay ISBN 9780992259624 Ūkaipō – ō tātou whakapapa: The Identity…
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An act of restoration, Stella Ramage

Moments in Time: Ralph Miller – Artist Brian Miller Lifelogs Ltd ISBN 9780992245702 Ralph Miller occupies a small, forgotten corner of our art history. A sign-writer and designer by trade, Miller nurtured a private artistic career that was sadly cut…
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Chasing the news, Emma Jolliff

News Pigs  Tim Wilson Victoria University Press ISBN 9780864739179 “To be a News Pig, one must be angry!” shouts Tom Milde’s cameraman, Valois Plongeur. In fact, he’s not a News Pig; Milde’s a writer of poetry and Think Pieces with…
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Bright satins, razor-encrusted leathers, Nick Bollinger

Glam Rock Boyfriends, An Imaginary Memoir  Raewyn Alexander Brightspark Books ISBN 9780473266646 For many years, the rock musician in New Zealand was viewed as an outsider: a long-haired, strangely-clothed, promiscuous, drug-taking menace. But somewhere along the line, the conventional citizen…
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