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What gives it meaning? Anne French

The Tudor Style Elizabeth Smither, Auckland University Press, $19.95 Guardians, not Angels Stephen Oliver, Hazard Press, $19.95 Distances Rob Jackaman, Hazard Press, $19.95 Days Beside Water Gregory O’Brien, Auckland University Press, $19.95 Malachi Gregory O’Brien, Little Esther Books, $13.00, available…
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Issue 11 | Summer 1993

  Volume 3 | Number 3 | Issue 11 | Summer 1993 Editorial Colin James: ‘Towards a new era’ W H Oliver: Michael Bassett, Sir Joseph Ward: A political biography. Denis Welch: Neale McMillan, Top of the Greasy Pole. Margaret…
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Who are the intruders? Brian Turner

Dark of the Moon and Beak of the Moon, Philip Temple, Penguin, each $24.95 Sailor, explorer, writer, mountaineer: Philip Temple was all of those things when I first met him in the 1970s. Originally from England ‑ he emigrated as…
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Revelling in the actuality of the past, Ralph Johnson

The House of Strife Maurice Shadbolt, Hodder and Stoughton, $39.95   Life is no uniform uninterrupted march or flow. It is a thing of histories, each with its own plot, its inception and movement towards its close. – John Dewey,…
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A radical notion, Sharon Crosbie

Lives on Fire Rosie Scott, Sceptre New Zealand, $19.95 All the Nice Girls Barbara Anderson, Victoria University Press, $24.95 It had to happen, I guess. It seems just yesterday that we were standing in bookshops, spellbound at the sight of…
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Fiction, history and art of displacement, Brian Edwards

Let the River Stand Vincent O’Sullivan, Penguin, $24.95 Amongst conceptions of history, at least in its articulations with fiction and with postmodernism as perception of a contemporary cultural movement, grand narratives of human progress give way to local detail, to…
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Unacknowledged legislators, Diane Hebley

Zigzag William Taylor (ed), Penguin, $19.95 Slide the Corner Fleur Beale, Ashton Scholastic Take Me to Your Leaders Gaelyn Gordon, Tui Harper/Collins, $14.95 Those who support New Zealand literature for children and young adults have always claimed the justification for…
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A major Australasian critic, Charles Ferrall

Patrick White Mark Williams, Macmillan, 1993, $45.95 During the early 1960s Patrick White wrote an admiring letter to Janet Frame; she replied 22 years later. The Tasman is often wider than it looks, but this belies some more direct correspondences…
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Collecting and classifying, Charlotte Macdonald

The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography Volume Two 1870‑1900, Bridget Williams Books/ Department of Internal Affairs, $130.00 Te Timatanga ‑ Tatau Tatau: Early Stories from Founding Members of the Maori Women’s Welfare League, Maori Women’s Welfare League/ Bridget Williams Books,…
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Arnoldian seriousness, too, William Renwick

Gadfly: The Life and Times of James Shelley Ian Carter, Auckland University Press, $39.95 Many who know him thought that Professor James Shelley was the most unforgettable man they had ever known. Gwen Somerset recalled him as a comet lighting…
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