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The Bassett version, Harvey McQueen

Working With David Michael Bassett Hachette Livre, $59.99, ISBN 9781869710941  Working With David is a dogmatic and humourless book about a man who, even in adversity, revelled in laughter. Beginning with clear praise – “at the peak of his career

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The importance of being Ernest Karen Hartshorn

The Awa Book of New Zealand Science  Rebecca Priestley (ed) Awa Press, $48.00, ISBN 9780958262996 I grew up in a household with a chemistry professor for a mother, a kitchen full of mysterious jars labelled “Experiment: Do Not Eat”, and

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Poem — John Ridland

Night Song for my Wife to Sing at Dawn, with Ducks (Back in Christchurch, fifty years after she left)   Solo: My Wife I sleep while he wakes to write these thoughts for me. My thoughts sleep with me through

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Reading the score, Peter Russell

Facing the Music: Charles Baeyertz and the Triad Joanna Woods Otago University Press, $45.00,  ISBN 9781877372551 Charles Nalder Baeyertz was born in Melbourne in 1866, his surname inherited from a German who came to England in the 18th century –

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On message, Isa Moynihan

Is She Still Alive?  Tessa Duder HarperCollins, $34.99, ISBN 9781869507107 Alternative Medicine Laura Solomon Flame Books, $30.00 (approx),  ISBN 978095562514 Transported  Tim Jones Vintage, $27.99, ISBN 9781864919844 In her introduction to Is She Still Alive? Tessa Duder says the stories

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Long shot, Russell Campbell

Shot in New Zealand: The Art and Craft of the Kiwi Cinematographer Duncan Petrie Random House, $55.00, ISBN 9781869417918 Shot in New Zealand is a handsomely produced survey of the work of 12 New Zealand cinematographers, ordered alphabetically from Warwick

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Editorial — Issue 84

Going online Now in its 18th year, New Zealand Books is coming of age. Starting with this issue, you’ll be able to read us online as well as in print. Thanks to the foresight of our publisher Peppercorn Press and

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Up the line to death, Edmund Bohan

March to the Sound of the Guns Ray Grover Longacre Press, $34.99, ISBN 9781877460012 Ray Grover’s extremely well written novel March to the Sound of the Guns traces the harrowing years of the First World War, and the years immediately

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For their own good, Eric Medcalf

Unreasonable Force Beth Wood, Ian Hassall, George Hook with Robert Ludbrook Save the Children New Zealand, $25.00,  ISBN 978047313095 Unreasonable Force documents the campaign leading to the repeal, in June 2007, of Section 59 of the 1961 Crimes Act. Section

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