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How far can you go? John Stenhouse

The Bishop’s Paper: A History of the Catholic Press of the Diocese of Auckland Nicholas Reid Catholic Publications Centre, $22.95, ISBN 0473072181 Nicholas Reid sheds valuable light on New Zealand’s religious and cultural history in The Bishop’s Paper, a history…
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Issue 52 Summer 2000

  Volume 10 | Number 4 | Issue 52 | Summer 2000 Michael Laws: Brian Edwards, Helen: Portrait of a Prime Minister Editorial Shelagh Duckham Cox: Kirsty Gunn, Featherstone Simone Drichel: Alan Duff, Szabad Diana Bridge: “The route” (poem) Kim…
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Quo vadis, Alan? Simone Drichel

Szabad Alan Duff Vintage, $29.95, ISBN 1869414721 Reviewing a new novel by – notoriously controversial –  Alan Duff is not only a daunting, but also a somewhat futile exercise. Judgements regarding Duff’s work tend to be firmly in place: there…
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Biennial banquet, Jane Stafford

Writers and Readers Week Common threads of history, memory, the intersection of personal experience with the historical past, suggest lively debate at this year’s Writers and Readers Week. The Observer critic said of John Banville’s latest novel, Eclipse: “With prose…
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Rearranging the found, Mark Amery

Shifting Nature: Photographs by Wayne Barrar Wayne Barrar, with an essay by Geoff Park Otago University Press, $49.95, ISBN 1877276057 Chris Booth: Sculpture in Europe, Australia and New Zealand Edward Lucie-Smith, Ken Scarlett and Gregory O’Brien Godwit, $49.95, ISBN 1869620739…
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Down memory lane, Bernadette Hall

Axis: Poems & Drawings Cilla McQueen Otago University Press, $34.95, ISBN 1877276065 The Sky’s Enormous Jug Jan Kemp Puriri Press, $24.00, ISBN 0908943199 Stairdancing Janet Hughes Wai-te-ata Press, $24.95, ISBN 1877159077 It was a rather odd experience writing this particular…
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Challenged and challenging, Margaret Tennant

Politics in the Playground Helen May Bridget Williams Books with the New Zealand Council for Educational Research, $39.95, ISBN 1877242187 “Unfortunate Folk”: Essays on Mental Health Treatment 1863-1992 ed Barbara Brookes and Jane Thomson Otago University Press, $39.95, ISBN 187727609X…
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Posted in Education, Health, History, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

The family way, Margot Schwass

Authors’ Choice: Leading New Zealand writers choose their favourite stories – and explain why ed Owen Marshall Penguin, $29.95, ISBN 0141005297 Short short stories, postmodern short stories, short stories by young writers, women writers, gay writers … In recent years,…
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Botrytised emotion, John Huria

Piggy-back Moon Hone Tuwhare Godwit, $29.95, ISBN 1869620771 Hone Tuwhare’s thirteenth collection is the result of his time as Te Mata Estate poet laureate. It isn’t his most consistent vintage, and I have some reservations about a corked poem or…
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The Christchurch Crucible, Greg Newbold

A City Possessed: The Christchurch Civic Creche Case Lynley Hood Longacre Press, $59.95, ISBN 1877135623 At the end of March 1992, when I heard about the arrest of Peter Ellis on a number of charges relating to the sexual abuse…
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