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Dinosaurs, doctors and daredevils, Dale Williams

Valley of the Dinosaurs: The Story of New Zealand’s Dinosaur Woman Joan Wiffen, Random Century, $19.95 (128 pp) When Joan Wiffen’s husband Pont became too ill to attend his geology night classes, this Hawke’s Bay housewife went in his place

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Letters — Issue 7

Who loses? Dear Madam Editor, If what you say in your September Editorial about John Thomson is true, you ought to have fallen over backwards to retain his services. If what you say is untrue, you ought not to have

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Travelling through time, Nelson Wattie

The New Zealanders: A Story of Austral Lands J S C Dumont-d’Urville, transl Carol Legge, Victoria University Press, $39.95 From the excellent translations of Olive Wright, even readers who prefer to avoid the pitfalls of French grammar already know that Dumont-d’Urville

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Don’t expect the head, George Griffiths

A People’s History: Illustrated Biographies from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, Volume One, 1769-1869, W H Oliver (ed), Bridget Williams Books/ Department of Internal Affairs, $39.95 Taken alone, this collection of biographical essays can be summed up quickly. Wellwritten,

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15 writers: ‘You must read this’

Tell us about the book you want to give everyone for Christmas and/or the book you hope no one gives you for Christmas, we asked twenty-four of our top writers and critics. Fifteen of them dared to respond.   Jenny

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Writers speak more than they know, Jane Hurley

In the Same Room: Conversations with New Zealand Writers Elizabeth Alley and Mark Williams (eds), Auckland University Press, $29.95 Writers on Writing: An Anthology Robert Neale (ed), Oxford University Press, $39.95 In In the Same Room, Vincent O’Sullivan approvingly quotes fellow anthologist

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When people lose hope they die, Ann Beaglehole

By the Moon and the Stars Eva Hayman, Random Century, $24.95 Krystyna’s Story Halina Ogonowska-Coates, Bridget Williams Books, $29.95 When there is nothing left, what stops people huddling in a corner, not doing the things necessary for survival? Where does

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Editorial — Issue 7

Andrew Mason: The challenge continues You may have been expecting to read this December issue of New Zealand Books in A4 format and on lighter-weight paper – and certainly, after the ‘Notice to Readers’ announcing these and other changes in

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The Yanks in New Zealand, Andrew Mason

Brief Encounter Jock Phillips, Historical Branch, Department of Internal Affairs, $29.95 United States Forces in New Zealand 1942-45 Denys Bevan, self-published, Kakanui Post Shop, $39.95 The Yanks Are Coming Harry Bioletti, Century Hutchinson, 1989, out of print It is fifty

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Sacrificing the personal for the political, Jock Phillips

Ettie: A Life of Ettie Rout  Jane Tolerton, Penguin Books, $39.95 Ettie Rout has been known to us primarily as the woman who stood on the platform in Paris during the Great War and handed out anti-VD kits to soldiers

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