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History, memory and representation, Alfio Leotta

The Camera in the Crowd: Filming New Zealand in Peace and War: 1895-1920 Christopher Pugsley Oratia Books, $80.00, ISBN 9780947506346 Filming the Colonial Past: The New Zealand Wars on Screen Annabel Cooper University of Otago Press, $50.00, ISBN 9781988531083 As…
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Mystery, wisdom and complication, Gregory O’Brien

The Lives of Coat Hangers Sudesh Mishra University of Otago Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781927322376 “A thing is a hole in a thing it is not.” I was reminded of American sculptor Carl Andre’s words, as I read Sudesh Mishra’s remarkable…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Printer’s ink in the veins, Vincent O’Sullivan

Eyewitness: A Memoir of Europe in the 1930s Geoffrey Cox University of Otago Press, $39.95, ISBN 1 877133 70 1 Sir Geoffrey Cox turns 91 this year, the last of that remarkable roll-call of New Zealanders whose only way out…
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Posted in Autobiography, Non-fiction, Review

Open and closed research Peter Munz

Decolonizing Methodologies. Research and Indigenous Peoples Linda Tuhiwai Smith University of Otago Press, $39.95, ISBN 1 877133 67 1 This book is likely to obfuscate politico-social debates in New Zealand because it maintains that acquiring knowledge about indigenous peoples, as…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Sociology

Interesting exercise in failure, Jane Stafford

The Story of a New Zealand Writer: Jane Mander   Rae McGregor University of Otago Press, $34.95, ISBN 1 877133 37 X Name the New Zealand woman writer, born in the late 19th century to a prosperous middle-class family, with an…
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Posted in Biography, Literature, Non-fiction, Review

Checking out Gen X, Sarah Quigley

The NeXt Wave Mark Pirie (ed) University of Otago Press $24.95 IBSN 1877133 44 2 At the Wearable Arts Awards in Nelson this year, there was a lot of congratulatory talk about how far New Zealand has come in the…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Poetry, Review

Boxed in, Kathryn Walls

The Power of Place: Landscape in New Zealand Children‘s Fiction Diane Hebley University of Otago Press $39.95 ISBN 1 8771 33 47 7 Diane Hebley’s useful introduction to New Zealand writing for children, Off the SIMM was published in 1980.…
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Posted in Children, Literature, Review

Paying the price of principle, Margaret Wilson

Stick Out, Keep Left: an autobiography by Margaret Thorn Elsie Locke and Jacquie Matthews (ed) Auckland University Press/ Bridget Williams Books $29.95 ISBN 1 86940143 3 She Dared to Speak – Connie Birchfield’s Story Maureen Birchfield University of Otago Press…
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Posted in Biography, Non-fiction, Review

Telling tales, Tessa Barringer

Black Light Laura Solomon Tandem Press, $24.95 ISBN 0 908884 80 x The Silicon Tongue Beryl Fletcher Spinifex Press, $24.95 ISBN 1 875559 49 3 On the Grapevine Linda Burgess University of Otago Press, $24.95 ISBN 1 877133 12 4…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review

All the poorer for it, Colin James

Income Distribution in New Zealand George Barker Institute of Policy Studies, $24.00, ISBN 0 908935 09 9 Too Right Mate Bernard Gadd, John O’Connor, Anna Tarm Hallard Press, no price, ISBN 0 86477 041 3 Ministers and Members in the…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review
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