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The ongoing stream of history, Ranginui Walker

The People of Many Peaks, 1769-1869 Claudia Orange (ed), Bridget Williams Books and Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington, 1991, $35.00 This book contains the biographies of 161 notable Maori leaders between 1769 and 1869 who appear in the first volume…
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Posted in Biography, Māori, Non-fiction, Review

New lyricism and an old favourite, Stephanie Edmond

Chen Li and the River Spirit Anthony Holcroft Hodder and Stoughton, Auckland, 1990, $19.95 Slinky Malinki Lynley Dodd Mallinson Rendel, Wellington, 1990, $17.95 Caterwaul Caper Lynley Dodd Mallinson Rendel, Wellington, 1990, $8.75 Chen Li and the River Spirit is a…
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Posted in Children, Literature, Review

From melodrama to professionalism, Sunny Amey

The Land of the Moa George Leitch, edited by Adrian Kiernander, Victoria University Press, Wellington, 1990, $19.95 Tomasi: For Islands Far Away Harrison Bray Playmarket, Wellington, 1990, $16.95 Power Play Rachel McAlpine, Playmarket, Wellington, 1990, $12.95 Billy Vincent O’Sullivan, Victoria…
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Posted in Literature, Plays, Review

New freedoms and old heritages, Shelagh Duckham Cox

Finding Connections P J Kavanagh, Hutchinson (distrib Random Century, Auckland), 1990, $42.95 Over half a century ago Karl Mannheim wrote in Ideology and Utopia of the western intelligentsia as a uniquely privileged caste. Intellectuals, he said, were fortunate enough to…
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Posted in Biography, Non-fiction, Review

The Oceanic heritage, Wendy Pond

Songs and Stories of Tokelau. An introduction to the cultural heritage Allan Thomas, Ineleo Tuia and Judith Huntsman (eds), Victoria University Press, Wellington, 1990, $14.95 (Cassette available from the School of Music. Box 600, Wellington, $8.00) Waiata Maori Songs in…
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Posted in History, Māori, Music, Non-fiction, Pacific, Review

In praise of difficult women, Annabel Cooper

Who is Sylvia? The Diary of a Biography Lynley Hood John McIndoe, Dunedin, 1990, $29.95 Sylvia! The Biography of Sylvia Ashton-Warner Lynley Hood Viking, Auckland 1988, $39.95, Paper $24.95 Who is Sylvia? is a day-by-day account of Lynley Hood’s work,…
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Posted in Biography, Memoir, Non-fiction, Review

High standards and fine judgement, Marian Minson

Opera in New Zealand: Aspects of History and Performance,  Adrienne Simpson (ed), Witham Press (PO Box 28-074), Wellington, 1990, $24.95 Since her recent return to New Zealand, Wellington musical historian Adrienne Simpson has made a strong impact with regular talks…
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Posted in Music, Non-fiction, Review

Autobiography of grace and clarity, Andrew Mason

Bonfires in the Rain Lauris Edmond Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, 1991, $27.95 In outline, the story Lauris Edmond has to tell in this, her second volume of autobiography, would be typical of many New Zealand women who married about the…
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The sparks which ignite music from Boethius to Bob Dylan, Lyell Cresswell

The Concept of Music Robin Maconie Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1990, £22.50, $91.95 The broad scope of Robin Maconie’s conjectural inquiry into music is succinctly expressed in his first chapter: ‘Music is an information process working simultaneously on many different levels,…
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Civilised, precise and somewhat quizzical, Bill Sewell

Winter Walk at Morning Iain Lonie, Victoria University Press, Wellington, 1991, $16.95 The cover of this posthumous collection shows a pair of dividers resting on a chart, which on closer examination turns out to juxtapose Western Scotland and an unidentified…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review
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