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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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The poetics of limitation, John O’Connor

Playing God Glenn Colquhoun Steele Roberts, $24.95, ISBN 1877228753 LOVEINABOOKSTOREORYOURMONEYBACK Sarah Quigley Auckland University Press, $21.95, ISBN 1869402847 People with Real Lives Don’t Need Landscapes John Dolan Auckland University Press, $21.99, ISBN 1869402871   Three books with apparently little in…
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War tourism, Les Cleveland

One Flag, One Queen, One Tongue: New Zealand, the British and the South African War ed John Crawford and Ian McGibbon Auckland University Press, $39.99, ISBN 1869402936 Landscapes of Conflict: A Field Guide to the New Zealand Wars Nigel Prickett…
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Inaugural award for Bill Sewell

The late Bill Sewell is the first recipient of the Lauris Edmond Memorial Award for Poetry in recognition of his achievements. Speaking on behalf of the Canterbury Poets Collective and the New Zealand Poetry Society, which set up the award,…
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Not in Wonderland now, Rosemary Lovell-Smith

Harry Wakatipu Comes the Mong Jack Lasenby Puffin Books, $15.95, ISBN 014331808X No Safe Harbour David Hill Mallinson Rendel, $16.95, ISBN 0908783760 Boy Next Door Penelope Todd Longacre Press, $16.95, ISBN 1877135763 Buddy V M Jones HarperCollins, $16.99, ISBN 1869504313…
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Orphans and angst, Vivienne Jepsen

Ghost Net Lynn Davidson University of Otago Press, $,29.95 ISBN 1877276421 Swim Jackie Davis Penguin, $29.95, ISBN 0143018566 Dreams Lost Never Walked Raumoa Ormsby Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 1869415507 Electric Chad Taylor Jonathan Cape/Random House, $34.95, ISBN 0224069268 If these four…
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Figuring out art history, Damian Skinner

FigureWork: The Nude and Life Modelling in New Zealand Art Sandra Chesterman University of Otago Press, $59.95, ISBN 1877276375 The Image Always Has the Last Word: On Contemporary New Zealand Painting and Photography Laurence Simmons Dunmore Press, $49.95, ISBN 0864694121…
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Indigenous voices, colonial language, Cilla McQueen

Whetu Moana – Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English ed Albert Wendt, Reina Whaitiri & Robert Sullivan Auckland University Press, $49.95, ISBN 1869402731 Captain Cook in the Underworld Robert Sullivan Auckland University Press, $21.95, ISBN 1869402812   “Before had England even…
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Editorial — Issue 60

Mind your language!   The plurality of communication styles upstream of current stakeholders is relatively porous; but some destabilised pluralities evidence significantly more porosity than others. We’re sorry – we’ll read that again. As Orwell’s power-crazed pigs might have put…
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