Blog Archives

Issue 106 Winter 2014

Volume 24 | Number 2 |  Issue 106 | Winter 2014   Letters Jane Westaway: Rebecca Macfie, Tragedy at Pike River Mine: How and Why 29 Men Died Linda Burgess: Tania Atkinson (Viv Walker illus), Over the Hill to Greytown;…
Tagged with: ,
Posted in Contents

Scots collective and singular, Kirstine Moffat

Unpacking the Kists: The Scots in New Zealand Brad Patterson, Tom Brooking and Jim McAloon Otago University Press, $70.00, ISBN 9780773541900 I have always enjoyed the inventiveness of collective nouns, favourites being an exaltation of larks and a worship of…
Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Rhyming pleasures, Linda Burgess

Over the Hill to Greytown Tania Atkinson (Viv Walker illus) Wai Art Press, $20.00, ISBN 9780473252526 Bruiser and the Big Snow Gavin Bishop Random House, $21.00, ISBN 9781775534860 Toucan Can Juliette MacIver and Sarah Davis Gecko Press, $20.00, ISBN 9781877467547…
Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Children, Literature, Review

Phrases that catch the breath, Mark Houlahan

Heartland  Michele Leggott Auckland University Press, $28.00, ISBN 9781869408084 In 2007, Leggott was New Zealand’s inaugural poet laureate; in England, there is a long tradition of poets laureate being crowned at the point in their careers where the muse has…
Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Writing on the high wire, Sue McCauley

The Score Adrienne Jansen Escalator Press, $28.00, ISBN 978047325328 The Virgin & the Whale Carl Nixon Vintage, $38.00, ISBN 9781775533757 I’m Working on a Building Pip Adam Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9780864738981 When more than one book is featured…
Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review

What are ya, mate? Hugh Roberts

Pacific Highways (GriffithREVIEW 43) Julianne Schultz and Lloyd Jones (eds) Griffith University, $35.00, ISBN 9781922182241 Is New Zealand peculiarly burdened with the curse of national introspection? Even to pose the question is to succumb to that curse; or perhaps to…
Tagged with: , , , , ,
Posted in Essays, Fiction, Literature, Non-fiction, Poetry, Review, Short stories, Sociology

The stories told by spaces, Zachary Athfield

New Zealand’s Lost Heritage: The Stories Behind our Forgotten Landmarks Richard Wolfe New Holland, $50.00, ISBN 9781869663872 New Zealand’s Lost Heritage: The Stories Behind our Forgotten Landmarks discusses 20 formerly intact New Zealand buildings, dating from the early 1800s to…
Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Personal freight, Elizabeth Crayford

Wild Like Me Elizabeth Nannestad Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780864738813 One Human in Height Rachel O’Neill Hue and Cry Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780473257569 Other Animals Therese Lloyd Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780864738820 Dark Sparring Selina Tusitala Marsh Auckland…
Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Moral force, John Campbell

The Mighty Totara: The Life and Times of Norman Kirk David Grant Random House, $50.00, ISBN 9781775535799 I was 10 when Norman Kirk died. It was the first death I had ever registered. When the news came through, my parents…
Tagged with: , , , , ,
Posted in Biography, History, Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review

Letters — Issue 106

A necessary corrective Reading Dougal McNeill’s review of Brasch’s Journals 1938-1945 has surprised me by its reminder that so much of value is, like beauty, in the eye of the beholder. I feel the essential Brasch has been missed. The…
Tagged with: ,
Posted in Letters
Search the archive
Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in posts
Search in pages
Filter by Categories
Architecture
Art
Autobiography
Awards
Biography
Byline
Children
Comment
Contents
ebooks
Economics
Editorial
Education
Essays
Extract
Fiction
Gender
Graphic novel
Health
History
Imprints
Language
Lecture
Letters
Letters
Literature
Māori
Media
Memoir
Music
Natural History
Non-fiction
Obituaries
Opinion
Pacific
Photography
Plays
Poem
Poetry
Politics & Law
Psychology
Religion
Review
Science
Short stories
Sociology
Sport
Subscribers only
Uncategorized
War
YA Reviewers
Young adults
Recent issues: subscriber-only access

Subscribe to NZ Books to access the issues above

Search by category