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Art of the state, Jane Kelsey

Redesigning the Welfare State in New Zealand: Problems, Policies, Prospects eds Jonathan Boston, Paul Dalziel, Susan St John Oxford University Press, $45.00, ISBN 019 558 3736 6 A Super Future?: The Price of Growing Older in New Zealand Anne Else…
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Else-where, Phillip Mann

Brainjoy Chris Else Tandem Press, $24.95, ISBN 1 877178 34 9 If “What if … ?” can be regarded as the foundation question of all fiction, then for Science Fiction it should be accompanied with two question marks; for of…
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Tongue-twister, Susan Budd

if the tongue fits Diane Brown Tandem Press, $24.95, ISBN 1 877178 47 0 A deliciously original, gloriously hectic first novel by accomplished poet Diane Brown, if the tongue fits takes the well-worn theme of 40-something women in search of…
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Searching for the celestial city, Bill Sewell

A Passion for Travel ed Tina Shaw Tandem Press, $29.95, ISBN 1 877178 31 4 We seem to live in an age of pointless record-breaking. People vie with each other to gulp down the most Weetbix in the shortest time…
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Good keen women, Ginette McDonald

Stroppy Sheilas and Gutsy Girls  Sandra Coney Tandem Press, $24.95, ISBN 1 87717 829 2 In a memorable scene in the 1973 BBC TV drama series Shoulder to Shoulder, an evocation of the suffrage move-ment in Great Britain, Lady Constance’s…
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Posted in Gender, History, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

The never-ending journey, Charles Royal

Growing Up Maori  ed Witi Ihimaera Tandem Press,  $29.95, ISBN 1 877178 16 0 Growing Up Maori contains the reminiscences, memories, passions and pains of some 36 Maori people as they passed through their youthful years. The group includes academics,…
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Posted in Māori, Non-fiction, Review

Displacements and disorientations, Tessa Barringer

Penguin 25: New Fiction Graham Beattie and Stephanie Johnson (eds) Penguin Books, $29.95 ISBN 0 14 027502 9 Another 100 NZ Short Short Stories Graeme Lay (ed) Tandem Press, $24.95 ISBN 1 877178 26 8 Sex & the Single Mayfly…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review, Short stories

Roots for fruits, Laurence Jenkins

Sucking Feijoas Jeff Buchanan Tandem Press, $24.95 ISBN 187717824 1 Wilde’s “love that dare not speak its name” now declaims lustily from the rooftops, but which name? For men, as if homosexual weren’t confusing enough with its origins in both…
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Cold comfort, Rae Varcoe

Medical Ethics Alastair Campbell, Max Charlesworth, Grant Gillett and Gareth Jones ISBN 0 19 5583507 Into the Fire Sandra Coney Tandem Press $24.95, ISBN 1 877178 071 Medical Ethics is the updated edition of the 1992 Practical MedicaI Ethics. Because…
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Voyages around fathers, Alison Gray

Sons of the Fathers: New Zealand men write about their fathers Bill Sewell (ed) Tandem Press $29.95 ISBN 1 877178 08 X Harry’s Absence: Looking for my father on the mountain Jonathan Scott Victoria University Press $29.95 ISBN 0 86473…
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