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Wish you were here, Jane Westaway

On Blue Ice – A Not Very Brave Journey to Antarctica Kim Griggs Random House, $26.95, ISBN 1869415760 Travels with my Mother Peter Calder Tandem, $29.95, ISBN 1877298093 The most memorable travel books don’t merely transport you to foreign parts,…
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When Porsche comes to shove, Jane Clifton

The Anti-Economist Papers Paul Bieleski Tandem, $24.95, ISBN 187717856X Here’s a nice rural scene: a passing motorist bets a mustering farmer one sheep that he can guess the exact number of sheep in his flock. When the motorist gets the…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review

Regeneration, Joan Rosier-Jones

Grand Stands ed Barbara Else Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1869414144 Grandparenting with Love and Laughter Trish Gribben Tandem, $29.95, ISBN 1877178683 Baby boomers are heading into the golden age. Well-educated, fit and lively, they are exchanging the will to be perfect…
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The ski lifts are free, Les Cleveland

You Are Too Old to Drive Dear: Elderspeak and Ageism in an Ageing Society  Sik Hung Ng Victoria University Press, $8.95, ISBN 0 864732813 Beyond Good Intentions: Support Work with Older People  Anne Opie Institute of Policy Studies, Victoria University…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

The haunt of guilty memory, Kim Worthington 

In Touch Janette Sinclair Secker and Warburg, $24.95, ISBN 790004011 Does This Make Sense to You? Renée Penguin, $24.95, ISBN 0 14024946X Rain  Kirsty Gunn Faber and Faber, $22.95, ISBN 0 571173004 The Strange Letter Z Debra Daley Penguin, $24.95,…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review

Big questions: part answers, James Norcliffe

Why Things Fall Chris Else, Tandem, $24.95 Love and War Elspeth Sandys, Vintage, $24.95 Jim’s Elvis Colleen Reilly, John McIndoe, $19.95 Why Things Fall at first glance seems quite a departure from Chris Else’s earlier ficciones, Dreams of Pythagoras (1981).…
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Dirty washing, Bruce Stewart

Once Were Warriors Alan Duff Tandem, Auckland, 1990, $35 (paperback $19.95) At last a Maori writer has managed to hang out all the dirty Maori washing with some kind of dignity and at the same time place the blame where…
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