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Reeling in the years, Bruce Babington

A Life on Film: I’m Taking this Bloody Car to Invercargill! Geoff Murphy HarperCollins, $40.00, ISBN 9781775540793 Okay, there was this guy Murphy back in the 1970s. Somehow, in near impossible conditions, he made three of the foundational feature films of

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From the sidelines, Michele A’Court

Dan Carter: My Story
Dan Carter with Duncan Greive
Upstart Press, $50.00
ISBN 9781927262382

Here’s a crazy idea – get someone who doesn’t give a toss about rugby to review the autobiography of the world’s greatest rugby union fly-half. Madness.

Dan Carter: My Story has featured on the bestseller lists since it was launched just days after the All Blacks’ Rugby World Cup win last October – the game (spoiler alert) New Zealand won, in which Dan Carter kicked four penalties, two conversions and a drop goal, and was named the Man of the Match. A game I didn’t watch. (I know – handing in my New Zealand passport now.) But, after initial hesitation, I figured Carter, his writing collaborator Duncan Greive, and their book, would cheerfully survive no matter what I thought. It seemed that me reviewing it was a risk that wouldn’t involve a knockout win or loss for anyone.

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Telling our stories to ourselves, Chris Else

Jerome Kaino: My Story Jerome Kaino Penguin, $40.00, ISBN 9780143573562 Wildboy Brando Yelavich Penguin, $35.00, ISBN 9780143573159 The Good Doctor Lance O’Sullivan Penguin, $38.00, ISBN 9780143572510 How Bizarre Simon Grigg Awa Press, $38.00, ISBN 9781927249222 Lydia Bradey: Going Up is

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Eminent people and unmade beds, Ann Beaglehole

My Life in Two Halves: A Memoir  Betty Gilderdale David Bateman, $30.00, ISBN 978186953832  Before I Forget Jacqueline Fahey Auckland University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781869405816 The Lost Woman Sydney Smith Text, $40.00, ISBN 9781921922480 Freud, who supposedly said that he

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Raw surfaces of a mind, Elizabeth Smither

Your Unselfish Kindness: Robin Hyde’s Autobiographical Writings Mary Edmond-Paul (ed) Otago University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781877578212   It’s natural in a densely-packed book to look at the photographs first. Robin Hyde was intensely interested in houses and rooms and their

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Fresh frames, Lawrence Jones

Gorse is Not People: New and Uncollected Stories Janet Frame Penguin, $40.00, ISBN 9780143567707   The title story of this posthumous collection touches a memory almost 30 years old: in 1984 reading An Angel at My Table, the second volume

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Cracking up, David Cohen

Taming the Tiger: A Personal Encounter with Manic Depression Michael Morrissey Polygraphia, $39.00, ISBN 9781877332968   Sing No Sad Songs Sandra Arnold Canterbury University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9781927145067   Michael Morrissey’s account of his long encounter with mental affliction begins

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The cult of celebrity, Linda Burgess

Mike McRoberts: Beyond the Front Line  Mike McRoberts HarperCollins, $39.99, ISBN 9781869509392   Scrim: The Man with a Mike  William Renwick Victoria University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9780864736956   “I like to think I have my father’s courage and humour, and

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Withholding and unfolding, Ashleigh Young

Mune: An Autobiography Ian Mune Craig Potton Publishing, $49.99, ISBN 9781877517334 Navigation: A Memoir  Joy Cowley Penguin Books, $45.00, ISBN 9780143205715 Searching for Grace: A Woman’s Quest for her True Identity   Carol Henderson and Heather Tovey Steele Roberts, $39.99,

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Playing the game, Garth Baker

  The Legend of Beau Baxter Ivan Dunn HarperCollins, $36.99, ISBN 9781869508234   A Perfect Gentleman: The Sir Wilson Whineray Story Bob Howitt HarperCollins, $49.99, ISBN 9781869508173   All Blacks Don’t Cry: A Story of Hope John Kirwan Penguin Books,

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