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Wrenched from the alphabet, Mark Williams

Iain Sharp and I were contemporaries in the English department at Auckland University in the early 1970s. In the first year of our masters programme we collaborated on a series of parodies of the poems that had appeared in Arthur…
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Embers of hope, W H Oliver

Sir Joseph Ward: A Political Biography Michael Bassett, Auckland University Press, 1993, $39.95 There is a paradox in the 6 November election. Voters objecting to the trend of the past 10 years toward less and weaker government have, in their…
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New confidence and authority, Jane Stafford

Seven Days on Mykonos Anne French, Auckland University Press, $19.95 To know who you are, you have to have a place to come from, says Seamus Heaney. But if you are a New Zealander, you also have to have a…
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Editorial – Issue 11

Towards a new era, Colin James The Rank group now controls half of the bookselling trade, with Whitcoulls, Bennetts, London, Philip King and a part share in University Bookshops. More important, according to informal trade estimates, it controls 60% or…
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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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