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Margot Luke

Margot Luke reviews 'Wrong Face in the Mirror' by Lolo Houbein

April 1990, no. 119 01 April 1990
On the 7 January 1934 in the Dutch town of Hilversum, a child was born and named Jopie Houbein. From her earliest days she felt that neither her face nor her name really fitted her. On the outside she was white, but all her feelings of kinship went out to people of alien races – a Chinese trader, travelling gypsies, school-friends from the East Indies, even a child disguised as St Nicholas’s b ... (read more)

Margot Luke reviews 'A Fence Around the Cuckoo' by Ruth Park

September 1992, no. 144 12 August 2022
In this first volume of autobiography, Ruth Park covers her New Zealand years – childhood, adolescence and early challenges of adult life. Episodic and frequently leapfrogging in its chronology, the book is firmly held together by a number of recurring and interweaving themes: the urge to write and the difficulty of acquiring an appropriate education; family relationships, at once close and hedg ... (read more)