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Province of Danger by Ray Grover (Quentin Wilson Publishing, 2018), 448 pp., $34.99
Ray Grover’s latest excursion into narrative history poses an interesting conundrum. Does the reader approach Province of Danger as a work of historical fiction or a narrative history of New Zealand during World War Two? Does the book blend the two or is it merely a work in search of a clear identity?
After reading the sequel to Grover’s widely acclaimed story of World War One, March to the Sound of Guns, I am still undecided. Province of Danger rejects a defining label, especially when historical narrative has become a performance manipulated by the extroverted hands of David Starkey or Simon Schama. [Read more…]
Gill Ward, a Kapiti Coast poet writes for and to her whanau, her community in Poetic Explanations, a collection of nearly 80 poems that she describes as an ‘autobiography’. In ‘Gathering’, a poem read at the unveiling of her sister’s headstone, she writes: ‘if we could gather every one of those thoughts/…and weave them into a splendid cloak/ we would wrap you in it.’ There’s a whole sequence for this twin sister, who entered a strict religious order when she was 18 before later returning to the secular life, and who died after a lengthy illness.
They reminded me of you
with their dazzling yellow and flaming red