Men without women

When Haruki Murakami came out of his study earlier this year and said to his wife: "I'm going to call my latest collection of short stories 'Men Without Women'", I wonder if she thought to say to him: "Hasn't that title already been used darling?" Because it has. Ninety years ago in fact, when none other than Ernest Hemingway…
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Recent necrology, July 2017

Some well-known people who have died recently Geri Allen, 1957-2017 Jazz pianist Helen Cadbury, 1965-2017 English poet and crime writer, author of the Sean Denton series Anne Golon, 1921-2017 Author of the Angelique novels Allan Hunter, 1922-2017 Christchurch author of, mainly, local history Martin Landau, 1928-2017 American film and television actor, best known for his…
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Stuff we love – Staff Pickles pick their favourite books, movies, and music

Every month, the Staff Pickles librarians choose some of their favourite things. Here are their August selections: Stuff we love - August 2017 - Christchurch City Libraries List created by StaffPickles Our team share the stuff they are loving this month. A Staff Pickles list. Moata's pick: Ever watched a movie with a historical setting…
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Canterbury Croquet Association formed – This week in History 31 July – 6 August

The Canterbury Croquet Association (New Zealand’s first such regional association) formed on the third of August in 1910. The founding clubs were Ashburton, Kaiapoi, Rangiora, St. Albans, Sumner, Temuka, Timaru and United Clubs. Templeton also joined in September that first year. The Association formed to organise more inter-club tournaments and to raise the profile of…
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Regretting Motherhood

How would you answer these questions? "If you could go back, with the knowledge and experience you have now, would you still become a mother?"  "From your point of view, are there advantages to motherhood?".  The Particpants who were interviewed for the Regretting Motherhood: A Study by Orna Doanth responded with a resounding NO!  Not surprisingly…
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