Reviews

Review of Katherine Mansfield: The Early Years by Aimee Gasston

Review of Katherine Mansfield: The Early Years by Aimee Gasston

Katherine Mansfield: The Early Years by Gerri Kimber, Edinburgh University Press 272 pages 120 b&w illustration(s) Published September 2016 ISBN Hardback: 9780748681457 eBook (ePub): 9780748681471 eBook (PDF): 9780748681464     Mansfield recorded in a well-quoted journal entry of 1917 her…

The Collected Poems of Katherine Mansfield edited by Gerri Kimber and Claire Davison

The Collected Poems of Katherine Mansfield edited by Gerri Kimber and Claire Davison

The Collected Poems of Katherine Mansfield edited by Gerri Kimber and Claire Davison, Edinburgh University Press 216 pages Published September 2016 ISBN Hardback: 9781474417273 This is the first complete edition of Mansfield’s poetry. Listen to Radio New Zealand interview with Gerri…

Review:  Fire that Kindles Hearts: Ten Māori Scholars

Review: Fire that Kindles Hearts: Ten Māori Scholars

Selwyn Katene (ed.), Fire that Kindles Hearts: Ten Māori Scholars. Wellington: Steele Roberts, 2015, 226pp. ISBN 9781927242889 Melissa Kennedy This most recent collection of short biographies of well-known Māori joins a tradition of documenting Māori lives, celebrating their difficulties as…

Review: Bloomsbury South: The Arts in Christchurch 1933-1953

Review: Bloomsbury South: The Arts in Christchurch 1933-1953

Bloomsbury South: The Arts in Christchurch 1933-1953 by Peter Simpson, published in 2016 by Auckland University Press as part of the Gerard & Marti Friedlander Creative Lives Series. ISBN 978 1 86940 848 0 Moira Taylor Nothing could replicate Bloomsbury…

Review: Jay to Bee: Janet Frame’s letters to William Theophilus Brown

Review: Jay to Bee: Janet Frame’s letters to William Theophilus Brown

 Jay to Bee: Janet Frame’s Letters to William Theophilus Brown, edited by Denis Harold for the Janet Frame Trust; published in May 2016 by Counterpoint Press, Berkeley, California. ISBN: 9781619027282 This collection of letters from Janet Frame to Bill Brown…

Review: Being Chinese: A New Zealander’s Story

Review: Being Chinese: A New Zealander’s Story

Helene Wong, Being Chinese: A New Zealander’s Story, Bridget Williams Books, 2016, ISBN 978 0 947492 38 0 Melissa Kennedy Michael King’s famous memoir discussions of New Zealand identity, Being Pakeha and Being Pakeha Now came out in 1985 and…

Review:  Out of the Shadows: The Life of Millicent Baxter

Review: Out of the Shadows: The Life of Millicent Baxter

Review:  Out of the Shadows: The Life of Millicent Baxter, by Penny Griffith PenPublishing, Wellington, New Zealand, 2015. 262 pp. ISBN 978-0-473-33510-6 Millicent Baxter (1888-1984) spent most of her life in or near Christchurch and Dunedin, in the South Island…

Review: The Lives of Colonial Objects

Review: The Lives of Colonial Objects

The Lives of Colonial Objects, edited by Annabel Cooper, Lachy Paterson and Angela Wanhalla, Otago University Press, 2015, 376 pp. ISBN: 978-1927322024, £22.50, $NZ 50. Full colour. The Māori proverb or whakatauki ‘Ka mura, ka muri’ suggests we should look…

Review: Asians and the New Multiculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand

Review: Asians and the New Multiculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand

Asians and the New Multiculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand edited by Gautam Ghosh and Jacqueline Leckie. Dunedin, NZ: Otago University Press. 2015. ISBN 978 1 877578 23 6, $40 Reviewed by Katie Higgins Migrants from Asia have been arriving in…

Janet Frame: New for 2016, released on the 14 January

Janet Frame: New for 2016, released on the 14 January

Book Notice A very welcome return to the bookshelves for Janet Frame’s dazzling first novel, Owls Do Cry, originally published in 1957, and voted the New Zealand Book Council’s ‘most treasured book’ of 2015. Owls Do Cry has been out…

Review: Katherine Mansfield, The Urewera Notebook

Review: Katherine Mansfield, The Urewera Notebook

Book Review: Katherine Mansfield, The Urewera Notebook, edited by Anna Plumridge Published April 2015, Edinburgh University Press, 128 pp, 20 b/w illustrations, £30 Chris Mourant In late 1907, when Katherine Mansfield was just nineteen years old, she made a camping…

Review: Jane Kelsey – The FIRE Economy: New Zealand’s Reckoning

Review: Jane Kelsey – The FIRE Economy: New Zealand’s Reckoning

Jane Kelsey  The FIRE Economy: New Zealand’s Reckoning,  Bridget Williams Books, with the New Zealand Law Foundation, 2015 Robert H. Wade Jane Kelsey’s new book is a tour de force, a fascinating account of how the neoliberal “revolutionaries” (as they…

Review: Reconstructing Faces – The Art and Wartime Surgery of Gillies, Pickerill, McIndoe and Mowlem

Review: Reconstructing Faces – The Art and Wartime Surgery of Gillies, Pickerill, McIndoe and Mowlem

Reconstructing Faces – The Art and Wartime Surgery of Gillies, Pickerill, McIndoe and Mowlem. Otago University Press, September 2013, 264 pages, ISBN 978 1 877578 39 7,  £48.93 ($NZ60; includes DVD) The life and times of the distinguished New Zealand…

Review: The Chimes by Anna Smaill

Review: The Chimes by Anna Smaill

The Chimes, Anna Smaill, Septre Books, February 2015 304 pages, £8.99 pb, ISBN: 1444794523  Anna Smaill’s first novel, long-listed for the 2015 Booker Prize and the NZ Book Circle’s choice for October, is a fantasy on the theme of cataclysm,…

Review: Petals and Bullets: Dorothy Morris

Review: Petals and Bullets: Dorothy Morris

Petals and Bullets, Sussex Academic Press (UK), 1 June 2015 192pp, £19.33, kindle edn £18.36 Reviewed by Murray Rowlands This is an intriguing book which seeks to interpret the world-changing events of the Spanish Civil War and World War Two…

Review: Ruth, Roger and Me: Debts and Legacies, by Andrew Dean

Review: Ruth, Roger and Me: Debts and Legacies, by Andrew Dean

Ruth, Roger and Me: Debts and Legacies, by Andrew Dean Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, 2015.  Paperback, PDF electronic and Kindle During the 1980s and ’90s the structure and direction that the New Zealand economy had broadly followed since the mid-1930s…

Janet Wilson finalist in the UK New Zealander of the Year Award

Janet Wilson finalist in the UK New Zealander of the Year Award

    Congratulations to NZSN’s former Deputy Chair, Professor Janet Wilson, who was runner-up in the UK New Zealander of the Year Award, 2015. Professor Wilson reached the finals of the award with two others and was recognised for her…

Review: New Myths and Old Politics: The Waitangi Tribunal and the Challenge of Tradition

Review: New Myths and Old Politics: The Waitangi Tribunal and the Challenge of Tradition

New Myths and Old Politics: The Waitangi Tribunal and the Challenge of Tradition by Tipene O’Regan. Wellington NZ: Bridget Williams Books/BWB Texts series (Epub, Kindle, PDF), 2014. 35pp.  $4.99.  Reviewed by Bruce Harding. ISBN 97819271311992 (EPUB) / ISBN 9781927247785 (KINDLE)…

Translation: Un Pais de Cuento: Veinte relatos de Nueva Zelanda

Translation: Un Pais de Cuento: Veinte relatos de Nueva Zelanda

‘This is a triumph, and we are thrilled.  Zaragoza University Press is to be congratulated on publishing Un Pais de Cuento, the first ever volume of New Zealand short stories translated into Spanish, and so is Paloma Fresno Calleja   for…

Review: Fitz: The Colonial Adventures of James Edward FitzGerald

Review: Fitz: The Colonial Adventures of James Edward FitzGerald

Fitz: The Colonial Adventures of James Edward FitzGerald. By Jenifer Roberts [Otago University Press, 2014.  $NZ40.00 paperback. ISBN 978-1-877578-73-1] In 1850 James Edward FitzGerald became the first of the New Zealand Company’s immigrants to set foot in Canterbury.  He had…

‘Peace, Power & Politics: How New Zealand Became Nuclear Free’ by Maire Leadbeater

‘Peace, Power & Politics: How New Zealand Became Nuclear Free’ by Maire Leadbeater

Peace, Power & Politics: How New Zealand Became Nuclear Free by Maire Leadbeater Otago University Press,  2013 ISBN 978-1-877578-58-8 New Zealand’s nuclear-free status remains a proud part of the national psyche. In celebrating this achievement, it is easy to lose…

‘Webs of Empire – Locating New Zealand’s Colonial Past’ by Tony Ballantyne

‘Webs of Empire – Locating New Zealand’s Colonial Past’ by Tony Ballantyne

      Tony Ballantyne, Webs of Empire: Locating New Zealand’s Colonial Past, Bridget Williams Books, 2012 ISBN 978-1-927131-43-5   In chapter 10 of this important collection of essays on New Zealand’s colonial past, Tony Ballantyne records a Damascene experience…

‘The Peastick Girl’ by Susan Hancock

‘The Peastick Girl’ by Susan Hancock

        ‘The Peastick Girl’    Susan Hancock    Published by Black Pepper, 2012    IBSN:  9781876044749 (pbk.)     Early in this novel someone remarks to its central protagonist that New Zealand is ‘a hard country to…

‘Janet Frame:  In Her Own Words’

‘Janet Frame: In Her Own Words’

    Review of Janet Frame: In Her Own Words Edited by Denis Harold and Pamela Gordon Penguin Books NZ 2011 ISBN 978 0 143 56627 4     Admirers of Janet Frame’s work are being treated to a series…

Journal of Postcolonial Writing

Journal of Postcolonial Writing

The Secular Visionaries: Aestheticism and New Zealand Short Fiction in the Twentieth Century Joel Gwynne Rodopi. Amsterdam and New York 2010.  ISBN 978-90-420-3184-5; Paola Della Valle .  These studies address two major fields of New Zealand writing: the short fiction and Maori writing which rose to prominence in the 1970s,…

Peter Brunt and Nicholas Thomas – Art in Oceania: A New History

Peter Brunt and Nicholas Thomas – Art in Oceania: A New History

Peter Brunt and Nicholas Thomas – Art in Oceania: A New History, Thames & Hudson, 2012, 536pp, £60. This is a magnificent book. The editors have brought together a team of expert contributors from New Zealand and the United Kingdom…

Ron Palenski – The Making of New Zealanders

Ron Palenski – The Making of New Zealanders

Ron Palenski, The Making of New Zealanders, Auckland University Press, 2012, 382pp. New Zealand historical writing has a strong tradition of lively, well-informed studies for the general reader and Palenski’s new book is a good example of this. The Making of New Zealanders…

Kevin Ireland & Jan Kemp

Kevin Ireland & Jan Kemp

Kevin Ireland, Dreamy days & nothing done (Steele Roberts, 2012) Jan Kemp, Voicetracks (Puriri Press, 2012) Kevin Ireland has been publishing poetry since the early 1960s, Jan Kemp since the early 1970s, and both these collections show the benefits of practicing the craft of poetry over…

The Maori Collections of the British Museum

The Maori Collections of the British Museum

The British Museum has recently launched an illustrated catalogue of its Maori collections. The catalogue includes a “history of the study of Maori material culture in Britain and New Zealand and a history of the BM collection and how it was acquired”…

The Conductor – Sarah Quigley

The Conductor – Sarah Quigley

New book by Sarah Quigley.  “‘The Conductor’ is a riveting and brilliant blend of fact and fiction. It tells the story of the writing of Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony, its historic and moving performance in besieged Leningrad – and the ambitions…

Stories without End – Judith Binney

Stories without End – Judith Binney

Stories without End: Essays, 1975-2010 by Judith Binney, Bridget Williams Books, 424 pp, £30.00, May 2010, ISBN 978 1 877242 47 2 Read a review of the book on London Review of Books

Encircled Lands – Judith Binney

Encircled Lands – Judith Binney

Encircled Lands: Te Urewera, 1820-1921 by Judith Binney, Bridget Williams Books, 670 pp, May 2009, ISBN 978 1 877242 44 1