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Books

October 8, 2007

By Rodney Hide, Random House, 2007 Although a late starter in politics, many of Rodney Hide’s attitudes were formed driving trucks around Canterbury with his father. His earliest lessons were that “Governments restricted a man who was out to get the job completed”, and that union members “hated work” and were “lazy layabouts who should […]

October 8, 2007

By Carl Nixon Random House, 2007 “None of us has ever got over Lucy Asher. She was our first true love and, in some sense, our last.” The narrator in Carl Nixon’s new book attempts to explain the lifelong impact Lucy Asher’s murder had on a group of 15-year-old boys in 1980.

October 8, 2007

Four South Island History Plays and Songs by Brian Potiki Brian Potiki (Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe) deserves to be as well known in Aotearoa as Sam Hunt and Gary McCormick. Since 1974 he has travelled extensively from his base in a caravan at Rotoehu, (five kilometres from the highway between Rotorua and Whakatane), performing as […]

October 1, 2007

Albert Camus once wrote that the only philosophical question is whether life is worth living or not. If life is not worth living then plans and doings are meaningless. Everything is acceptable, given that we have no meaning to defend against others’ actions, yet nothing is acceptable since we can have no defence for our […]

October 1, 2007

It looks like a book. The cover is hard-bound. There are lots of words inside and even a picture of a book on the front cover. But, as Descartes would say – it doesn’t think it’s a book, therefore it cannot be a book. Instead, it is a 160 page philosophical journey through epistemology; ethics […]

September 24, 2007

I’ll say it now – I have never had any interest in bird-watching, and after reading how to watch a bird, Steve Braunias’ contribution to the successful Ginger Series, I still don’t find the idea of clambering around a swampy shoreline in search of a SIPO (birder-speak for South Island Pied Oyster Catcher) even remotely […]

September 24, 2007

Just Another Art Movement originated as a twice yearly literary publication back in 1995, bringing together cutting edge poetry, prose and reviews from New Zealand and overseas, with writing from poets such as David Eggelton and Sam Hunt gracing the pages. In 2005, JAAM went the way of Sport, and publication became an annual event.

September 24, 2007

Scott Kendrick’s second book is a dual offering, featuring poetry written since his 2001 release Rhyme Before Reason, as well as a series of satirical newspaper articles written for the underground newspaper The Babylon Express, collected here for the first time in book format.

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.

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