Books

September 17, 2007

No Left Turn gets its title from the road sign on the corner of Cuba and Dixon Streets, which was the site where one of this country’s most infamous clashes between workers and the state took place – the 1951 waterfront lockout which lasted 151 days.

September 17, 2007

I’m going to admit straight away that I’m still not sure what to make of this book. If that sounds like an irresponsible prevarication from someone who is supposed to be reviewing it, then so be it, but in defence I can state that my overriding impression (so far) of the book is that the […]

September 17, 2007

I started reading Stop Over on Thursday September 6, the day that martial law was declared in Fiji. Again. Although the multiple coups and various suspensions of democracy perpetrated against the people of Fiji since the Rabuka coup d’état in 1987 cannot help but play a role in any book about the country, Bruce Connew’s […]

September 10, 2007

It is never easy to let your inhibitions go enough that you may reach out and touch another person’s mind. To make love to them without over-thinking, attempting to figure out what they’re thinking about you at this moment. Ultimately we are all hidden from one another behind a layer of flesh and past experiences.

September 10, 2007

Neil Gaiman’s Stardust was originally published in a hardcover format, with illustrations beautifully rendered by Charles Vess. Now that it has been made into a film, (starring Charlie Cox, Claire Danes and Michelle Pfeiffer), illustrations are obviously considered superfluous, and Hardline Review has reissued it as a paperback.

September 10, 2007

Germaine Greer writes chillingly of the assumptions that feminists must all be pro-abortion, associating such support with the trend towards cosmetic surgery and acceptance of other surgical procedures, instead of promoting women’s agency over their bodies; we aggressively treat women’s cancers, for instance, but very little funding is going into preventative cancer research.

September 3, 2007

Many kiwi politicians have had savings crusades, from as diverse as Roger Douglas (who championed the third Labour Government’s employer-contribution superannuation scheme from 1972-75) to Winston Peters (1996 New Zealand First – National coalition agreement). They have usually failed.

September 3, 2007

The oddly ungrammatical title of Louise Wareham Leonard’s second novel is supposed to evoke the fractured interpersonal relationships of the main characters, and the difficulty the narrator, Holly, has in connecting with others, both in love and family matters.

September 3, 2007

This book for me for some reason reminds me one of my whanau scrapbooks; perhaps it is the fact that as a child growing up in Christchurch one of our favourite outings always used to be to the Canterbury Museum.

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