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Primitive satisfaction, Norman Bilbrough

The Real Thing Brian Falkner Mallinson Rendel, $16.95, ISBN 0908783825 Seal Boy Ken Catran Random, $16.95, ISBN 1869416112 Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?  Sandy McKay Longacre Press, $14.95, ISBN 1877135976 Colin Goes Bush Sandy McKay Longacre Press, $14.95, ISBN…
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Editorial — Issue 66

How not to run a book launch It’s one of life’s great mysteries why, when many publishers are cutting back on book launches on the grounds that they don’t cover their own costs, invitations to these events continue to pile…
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Hearing the voice, James Norcliffe

The Singing Harp Iain Sharp Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, $15.00, ISBN 1869420365 The Dwarf and the Stripper and other poems Stephen Sinclair Addenda, $19.95, ISBN 095821865X To … Bill Dacker Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, $15.00, ISBN 1869420357 Many…
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Issue 66 Winter 2004

  Volume 14 | Number 2 | Issue 66 | Winter 2004  Rose Lovell-Smith: Joyce West, The Drover’s Road Collection: Adventures in New Zealand Editorial: How not to run a book launch Letters Denis Welch: John Tamihere with Helen Bain,…
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Unprickling the pair, Spiro Zavos

The Prickly Pear: Making Nationalism in Australia and New Zealand Denis McLean University of Otago Press, $49.95, ISBN 18772776472 About 20 year ago I was sitting at my desk at The Sydney Morning Herald wondering what I would write for…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review, Sociology

Shock, horror on the colonial frontier, Bronwyn Dalley

Captured by Maori: White Female Captives, Sex and Racism on the Nineteenth-century New Zealand Frontier Trevor Bentley Penguin, $35.00, ISBN 0143019236 Nineteenth-century writers of broadsheets would have had a field day with the title and cover of Trevor Bentley’s new…
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Posted in History, Māori, Non-fiction, Review

A million miles from Palmerston North, Linley Boniface

The Miss Tutti Frutti Contest: Travel Tales of the South Pacific Graeme Lay Awa Press, $29.95, ISBN 0958250901 Liars and Lovers: A Travel Memoir Diane Brown Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 1869416147 As a child, I used to read adventure stories featuring…
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Frame with a lighter hand, Mark Williams

Book Book  Fiona Farrell Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 1869416198 I associate being in Christchurch with knowing Fiona Farrell. Both of us came down from provincial North Island cities, Hamilton and Palmerston North, in the early 1990s. I came to teach in…
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Infinite last gasps in Niu Sila, Dougal McNeill

The Life and the Dark Richard Reeve Auckland University Press, $21.99, ISBN 1869403126 Wild Dogs Under My Skirt Tusiata Avia Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864734743 Richard Reeve fits the definition: he is a man possessed of more than usual…
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Once upon a time in West Auckland, Denis Welch

Black and White John Tamihere (with Helen Bain) Reed, $29.95, ISBN 0790009641 Few politicians these days have lives interesting enough to write about, let alone turn into saleable books. No one is going to queue up at Whitcoulls for Steve…
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