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Remembrance of things past, Peter Wells

The House at Karamu Beryl Fletcher Spinifex, $29.95, ISBN 1876756357 Travelling with Augusta 1835 and 1999  Ingrid Horrocks Victoria University Press, $34.95, ISBN 0864734476 Initially, when I received these two books for review, I thought I would resist the contrast-and-compare…
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Hunting down the story, Norman Bilbrough

A Friend in Paradise Des Hunt HarperCollins, $14.95, ISBN 1869504429 Henry and the Flea Brian Falkner Mallinson Rendel, $16.95, ISBN 0908783779 The Dragon’s Apprentice Linda McNabb HarperCollins, $14.95, ISBN 1869504127 Artists Are Crazy and Other Stories Ken Catran Lothian Books,…
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The body in the pantry, Margot Schwass

The Case of the Missing Kitchen Barbara Else Random House, $26.95, ISBN 1869415744 The Case of the Missing Kitchen is Barbara Else’s wicked, waspish take on the thriller. Set in Wellington, it brims over with the genre’s stock elements: there’s…
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Autobiographical silences, Doug Munro

Awatere: A Soldier’s Story Arapeta Awatere (ed Hinemoa Ruataupare Awatere) Huia, $49.95, ISBN 1877283819 During the early 1970s, an elderly Maori man, who had been convicted of murder, sat in his cell in Mt Eden Prison and penned his memoirs.…
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Posted in Memoir, Non-fiction, Review, War

Poem — Peter Bland

Storm Beach – Coromandel   All things swim and glitter. Ghostlike we glide Through nature and should not know our place again. Ralph Waldo Emerson A tsunami off the Kermadecs curdles the bay’s translucent blue. Mussel Reef’s out of reach…
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Faith and works, Martin Edmond

Colin McCahon: A Question of Faith Marja Bloem and Martin Browne Craig Potton Publishing, $59.95, ISBN 0908802919 Don Binney: Nga Manu/Nga Motu – Birds/Islands Damian Skinner Auckland University Press, $49.99, ISBN 186940288X In the set I moved with in Auckland…
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Posted in Art, Non-fiction, Review

Blueprints for performance, Lisa Warrington

Song-Plays William Direen Alpha Books, [price unavailable], ISBN 0958326622 Peace Plays Kathleen Gallagher Doygal Press, $29.95, ISBN 0473088088 Vagabonds Lorae Parry Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864734352 Puppetry, pirates, conscientious objectors, big business, morality tales, land wars, popular songs, poetry,…
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Posted in Literature, Plays, Review

Issue 60 Summer 2002

  Volume 12 | Number 4 | Issue 60| Summer 2002 Martin Edmond: Marja Bloem and Martin Browne, Colin McCahon: A Question of Faith; Damian Skinner, Don Binney: Nga Manu/Nga Motu – Birds/Islands Editorial Letters Les Cleveland: John Crawford and…
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Relatively free speech, W K Hastings

Lynley Hood, in New Zealand Books June 2003, writes of a debate in which she just wanted to tell the truth “as I saw it”. So should everybody. What caught my attention about Ms Hood’s assertion was what might be…
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Play it again, John Smythe

Red Light Means Stop: Six Super Solos from Aotearoa NZ ed Vivienne Plumb The Women’s Play Press, $27.95, ISBN 0958231001 Readers of this potent volume of mostly solo plays may engage with them as literature, as texts “auditioning” for production,…
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