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“’Tis desperate, so ‘tis” Tony Simpson

Burnt Barley Peta Mathias Vintage, $29.95, ISBN 1869414276 Irish at Heart Marie Gray HarperCollins, $24.95, ISBN 1865903449 It’s bound to continue to be one of the curiosities of this century – as it was of the last – that however

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Posted in Memoir, Non-fiction and Review

From the University of Suffering, Joe Bennett

Julia Moore : Julia Moore P.I. Penguin, $24.95, ISBN 0140293833 Lauren Roche: Bent Not Broken Steele Roberts, $24.95, ISBN 1877228338   These are the stories of two New Zealand women who have triumphed over circumstance. Neither story makes cheerful reading for a

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Light that fire, Lydia Wevers

Big Smoke: New Zealand Poems 1960-1975 eds Alan Brunton, Murray Edmond, Michele Leggott Auckland University Press, $49.95, ISBN 869402308 A thick black-and-white book with a beautiful cover illustration by Patrick Hanly taken from the second issue of Freed, Big Smoke

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Overlapping associations, Tom Larkin

Japan and New Zealand, 150 Years ed Roger Peren New Zealand Centre for Japanese Studies, Massey University, in association with the Historical Branch, Department of Internal Affairs, [not for sale], ISBN 0958350574   In 1878, Asajiro Noda, the eight-year-old son

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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Pacific, Review and War

The right, the bright and the light, Margo White

Belief Stephanie Johnson Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1869414365 Three Pretty Widows Barbara Else Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1869414403 Finding Tom Connor Sarah-Kate Lynch Black Swan, $24.95, ISBN 1869414314   It was a pleasure to find that the author of The Heart’s Wild

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The facts of lives, Bryan Gilling

Set in a Long Place: A Life from North to South Maurice Andrew Hazard Press, $29.95, ISBN 1877161586   Sorry to Bother You, Doctor Shirley Ferguson Cape Catley, $27.95, ISBN 0908561806 Bridging the Centuries Valerie Cowan Cape Catley, $24.95, ISBN

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Standing alone? Reina Whaitiri

Alan Duff’s Maori Heroes Random House, $39.95, ISBN 186941425X Wahine Toa: Women of Maori Myth Robyn Kahukiwa & Patricia Grace Penguin, $31.00, ISBN 0670839418   Alan Duff’s Maori Heroes features 58 men and women from a range of professions and

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Blue-stockinged heroines, Rosemary McLeod

Rocking the Cradle: Contraception, Sex and Politics in New Zealand Helen Smyth Steele Roberts, $29.95, ISBN 1877228168   Women will recognise the subtext of Helen Smyth’s history as a record of their own families; not the families posing stiffly in

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On the beat, Neil Cameron

A Policeman’s Paradise? Policing a Stable Society, 1918-1945 Graeme Dunstall Dunmore Press in association with the Historical Branch, Department of Internal Affairs, $49.95, ISBN 0864693567   This (large) volume is the fourth in the “official” history of the New Zealand

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Out of the twilight, Harry Ricketts interviews Kate De Goldi

Interview   Harry Ricketts (HR): Did books mean a lot to you as a child? Kate De Goldi (K De G): They were my whole life really. I was a remarkably sedentary child. My mother’s favourite description of me was

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