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Finding herself, Heather Murray

Motherland Yvonne du Fresne Penguin, $24.95, ISBN 0 140 26038 2 For a nation which has for so long depended upon a steady stream of new migrants, New Zealand has a very poor record of making them feel welcome. Our…
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Issue 26 — Contents

Volume 6 | Number 5 | Issue 26 | Winter 1997   Simon Upton: Making our cultures Lydia Wevers tests Manhire’s safe, sidelong postmodernism David Eggleton: Duff’s exaggerated but truthful prose Paul Dyer: The economic revolution Harry Ricketts on Kipling’s…
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Imperfect sex, seamless Fat Janet Hughes

Leaving Carol Sinclair Hazard Press, $19.95, ISBN 0 908790 89 9 Fat Raewyn Alexander Penguin, $24.95, ISBN 0 140 26037 4 Sailing Through the Amber Susan Hancock Black Pepper, $19.95, ISBN 1 876044 02 0 A first novel reflects not…
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Very carefully sidelong postmodernism, Lydia Wevers

Songs Of My Life Bill Manhire Godwit Publishing, $24.95, ISBN 0 99008877 82 x I don’t think there’s any New Zealand writer who is as unanimously applauded as Bill Manhire. The inside cover of Songs of My Life is filled…
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Postcolonial flowering, Alistair Fox

The Essential Old Rose: Growing and Using Old Roses in New Zealand  Trevor Griffiths Viking, $34.95, ISBN 0 670 87187 7 The New Zealand Book of Roses: The best 150 Varieties,  2ed John Martin and Colin Hutchinson Viking, $34.95, ISBN…
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Posted in Natural History, Non-fiction, Review

Frozen contemplation, Bill Sewell

South: An Antarctic Journey Chris Orsman Victoria University Press, $19.95, ISBN 0 86473 312 7 Recently, I flew across the North Atlantic from Frankfurt to Los Angeles. Our route took us north over Iceland, Greenland and the frozen wastes of…
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Did we do right? Paul Dyer

The New Zealand Macroeconomy, A Briefing on the Reforms Paul Dalziel and Ralph Lattimore Oxford University Press, $19.95, ISBN 0 19 558330 2 Prosperity Mislaid Len Bayliss GP Print, $19.95, ISBN 1 86956 107 4 Rebuilding New Zealand  John Robinson…
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Posted in Economics, Non-fiction, Review

Binding successors, Gary Hawke

The Political Economy of Public Administration: Institutional Choice in the Public Sector Murray J Horn Cambridge University Press, $54.95, ISBN 0 521 48436 7 New Zealand has had several secretaries to the Treasury with high levels of intelligence. It has…
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Was Kipling gay? (Does it matter?), Harry Ricketts

I’m in the middle of writing a biography of Rudyard Kipling who has been a minor obsession of mine for as long as I can remember. When I was a child my mother used to read me the Just So…
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Poem — Bernadette Hall

The Stories Once upon a time there was a little girl in a flannel petticoat who kicked up her heels in her auntie’s pub where there was a well in the middle of the bar and you had to be…
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