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Issue 28 — Contents

Volume 7 | Number 2 | Issue 28 | Summer 1997   Nelson Wattie: Shadbolt the storyteller Aorewa McLeod, Selina Tusitala Marsh, Sia Figiel’s exciting talent Michael Bassett: revisiting John Banks Sir Geoffrey Palmer: what should be done about ACC…
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Thin issues, rich wit, a gang and a psychopath, Heather Murray

The Journey Home Cathie Dunsford Spinifex Press Pty Ltd (Australia), $24.95, ISBN 1 875559 54 X Dr Beale’s Wednesday Liz Falkner Arrow, Random House, $17.95, ISBN 1 86941 297 4 The Visitation Sue Reidy Black Swan, $19.95, ISBN 0 552…
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The most exciting recent book, Aorewa McLeod 

where we once belonged Sia Figiel Pasifica Press, $24.95, ISBN 0 908597 27 4 When I heard Sia Figiel in 1995, sitting cross-legged on the floor of the Auckland University English department common room, read/tell the second story in this…
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Letters — Issue 28

Not so blind While Paul White in “(Not) to the consumer’s taste (New Zealand Books, March 1997) substantiates much of his interesting criticism of wine writers, there are a couple of points on which he is factually incorrect. He states…
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War, love and self, Jane Stafford

Blood Money: the incredible true story of David Morris and the tragedy of Somalia  Trisha Stratford Penguin Books, $24.95, ISBN 0 140 26323 3 Escape from Bosnia: Aza’s Story Sue McCauley Shoal Bay Press, $29.95, ISBN 0 908704 42 9…
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An assiduous industry Les Cleveland

Scars on the Heart: Two Centuries of New Zealand at War Chris Pugsley with Laurie Barber, Buddy Mikaere, Nigel Prickett, Rose Young David Bateman in association with the Auckland Museum, $69.95, ISBN 1 86953 301 1 New Zealand and the…
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A distinct voice, uncovering others Selina Tusitala Marsh

where we once belonged Sia Figiel Pasifica Press, $24.95, ISBN 0 908597 27 4 It’s all about giving voice to a whole generation that is voiceless,” Sia Figiel has said about where we once belonged. 1 And voices we hear.…
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It’s all in the touch, Janet Hughes

If to judge a book by its cover is folly, call me foolish. I have bought some just for their covers, others for their illustrations or their typography or even their title pages. Of course I treasure most the rare…
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The tides of labour, Len Richardson

Holding the Balance: A History of New Zealand’s Department of Labour 1891-1995 John E Martin Canturbury University Press, $49.95 limp, $69.95 cased, ISBN 0 908812 61 2 John Martin’s Holding the Balance is, in his own words, “a reassertion of…
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Energy, compost and mulch, Lydia Wevers

Just Another Art Movement. It’s a cunning phrase, suggesting a knowing self-deprecation but also the tiny beginnings from which the noble bush of a future literary landscape might grow.Something has already grown, as I look at the pile of JAAMs…
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