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Words like ferns: the neglected Harold Gretton, Les Cleveland

Wartime is not usually thought of as a kind of literary 
scholarship for authors, but a few talented New Zealand soldiers in World War 2 did manage to write stories and poems of some quality while serving in combat 
situations.…
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Editorial — Issue 56

Foul winds and fair play. The rugby season is over at last – for all of a couple of 
months. But the challenger series for the America’s Cup is already beating to windward. And our professional cricketers, in whatever light…
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Screw on the loose, Greg Newbold

The Journey to Prison: Who Goes and Why Celia Lashlie HarperCollins, $34.95, ISBN 186950433X Over the last few years, Celia (“Ces”) Lashlie, through her outspoken and sometimes controversial rhetoric, has become a well-known and popular speaker on criminal justice issues…
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They also serve, Katie Pickles

Doing Our Bit: New Zealand Women Tell Their Stories of World War Two ed Jim Sullivan HarperCollins, $34.95, ISBN 186950416X High Flyers: Celebrating the Extraordinary Women of the RNZAF 1977-2002 Bee Dawson Penguin, $34.95, ISBN 0143018221 Being in the military…
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Poem — Nick Ascroft

The 27th of December: at:   “The time the chemist’s car got robbed, because They still require medicine around The tide of christmas, Grandad would’ve drowned If left alone in – like his neighbour was: “That morning, officer, because you…
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Letters — Issue 56

Cosmopolitanism Mark Williams’s review of Damien Wilkins’s Chemistry (October 2002 issue) is a convincing defence against Patrick Evans’ claims that Wilkins, and other young New Zealand authors, are courting a lucrative cosmopolitanism while neglecting their duty to the local and…
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Running away to sea, Redmer Yska

Swirly World: the solo voyages Andrew Fagan HarperCollins, $29.95, ISBN 186590402X Wet Behind the Ears: adventures of a runaway sailor Peter Taylor HarperCollins, $24.95, ISBN 1869504003 With the sea breathing down their necks, New Zealanders are drawn more than most…
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The terror of the ordinary, Paul Millar

A Needle in the Heart Fiona Kidman Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 186941523X The six stories in A Needle in the Heart confirm Fiona Kidman’s place among the top tier of New Zealand short story writers. This is no small success as…
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The French defection, Owen Marshall

Son of France  Geoff Cush Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 1869415027 An intellectual comic novel needs a good idea, and Geoff Cush had one for Son of France. What if the French, instead of being thwarted at Akaroa, had succeeded in making…
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No easy answers, Kirstie Archer

A Passing Guest Elspeth Sandys Flamingo, $24.95, ISBN 1869504054 In A Passing Guest, Elspeth Sandys bravely tackles contemporary New Zealand issues which many Pakeha authors shy away from: Maori and Pakeha relationships, Maori poverty, gang culture, and family breakdown. The…
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