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Designing the welfare quilt, Alison Gray

The Fabric of Welfare: Voluntary Organisations, Government and Welfare in New Zealand, 1840-2005 Margaret Tennant    Bridget Williams Books, $49.99,  ISBN 9781877242373 Margaret Tennant has added another patch to the ever-expanding quilt of publications documenting the social history of New

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Friction and misunderstanding, Don Aimer

Journeys Towards Progress: Essays of a Geographer on Development and Change in Oceania Ray Watters Victoria University Press, $60.00,  ISBN 9780864735966 Oceania is in the ring of fire: the earth quakes and volcanoes blow as tectonic plates scrape together. It

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Assessing the New Zealand experiment, Allan Catt

Rescuing the New Zealand Economy: What Went Wrong and How We Can Fix it Bryan Gould Craig Potton Publishing, $29.99,  ISBN 9781877333798 Rescuing the New Zealand Economy describes, in a very readable way, the why and how of the New

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Tale of intrigue, Greg Newbold

Rough Justice: The Rex Haig Story  Rex Haig and Rennie Gould Longacre Press, $34.99, ISBN 9781877460029 Rough Justice describes one of the most bizarre and perplexing murder cases ever to appear before a New Zealand court. The tale begins on

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Words for music perhaps, Emma Neale

Museum of Lost Days Raewyn Alexander Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, $15.00,  ISBN 9781869421045 My Iron Spine Helen Rickerby HeadworX, $24.99, ISBN 9780473135966 Beauty of the Badlands Cliff Fell Victoria University Press, $25.00,  ISBN 9780864735836 Get Some Sonja Yelich Auckland

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Where the boys are, Anna Rogers

Native Wit Hamish Keith Random House, $44.99, ISBN 9781869418434 Daddy was a German Spy and Other Scandals: A Memoir Brian Edwards Penguin Books, $40.00, ISBN 9780143009221 Piano Rock: A 1950s Childhood Gavin Bishop Random House, $34.99, ISBN 9781869790103 Google “memoirs

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Hotting up, Karen Hartshorn

Melting Point: New Zealand and the Climate Change Crisis  Eric Dorfman Penguin Books, $37.00, ISBN 9780143008682 There are several worthwhile reasons for a book such as this to exist. Firstly, there is no longer any serious scientific debate about whether

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Finding touch, Chris Laidlaw

Tall Tales (Some True): Memoirs of an Unlikely Writer Greg McGee Penguin Books, $37.00, ISBN 9780143009139 McGee describes himself as an unlikely writer. This rather begs the question: what makes for a likely writer? Someone who has been brought up

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Framing ourselves, Sean Redmond

A Coming of Age: Thirty Years of New Zealand Film Duncan Petrie and Duncan Stuart Random House, $44.99, ISBN 9781869790196 Images of Dignity: Barry Barclay and Fourth Cinema Stuart Murray Huia, $50.00, ISBN 9781869693282 The two books under review provide

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Stabs of recognition, Joanne Drayton

Getting There: An Autobiography Barbara Anderson Victoria University Press, $50.00,  ISBN 9780864735904 Each weekday morning Barbara Anderson sets off for the office. Her routine is ritualised.  She buys lunch, drinks a cup of coffee while she casts an eye over

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