Yearly Archives: 2001

Gloves off, Harry Ricketts

Adam Parore: The Wicked Keeper Angus Gillies Penguin, $34.95, ISBN 014301837X A friend and I used to have a favourite game. The game had several different permutations, but in its simplest form it involved imagining writers as cricketers and selecting…
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Posted in Memoir, Non-fiction, Review, Sport

Awestruck at Otira, Neville Bennett

At Home on the Road Jill Malcolm New Holland, $24.95, ISBN 1877246658 Southern Journeys: South Island People and Places Roy Sinclair Random House, $34.95, ISBN 186941439X There is a kea in my garden. When I hang out the washing, a…
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Posted in Memoir, Non-fiction, Review

Art of survival, Ross Calman

Carved Histories: Rotorua Ngati Tarawhai Woodcarving Roger Neich Auckland University Press, $89.95, ISBN 186940257X It would not be a gross overstatement to say that we have got Ngati Tarawhai, a tribe originally from Lake Okataina (east of Rotorua), to thank…
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Posted in Art, History, Māori, Non-fiction, Review

Gains and pains, Brian Gaynor

World Famous in New Zealand: How New Zealand’s Leading Firms Became World-Class Competitors Colin Campbell-Hunt et al Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1869402499 The reforms initiated by Sir Roger Douglas in 1984 gave New Zealand businesspeople a wonderful opportunity to…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Review

Off the map, Tim Beaglehole

The Merchant of the Zeehaen: Isaac Gilsemans and the voyages of Abel Tasman Grahame Anderson Te Papa Press, published in association with the Royal Netherlands Embassy and the New Zealand-Netherlands Foundation (Inc), $49.95, ISBN 0909010757 The origins of this fascinating…
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Posted in Health, Non-fiction, Review

Whose story is it, anyway? Kirstie Archer

The Fox Boy: The Story of an Abducted Child Peter Walker Bloomsbury, $29.95, ISBN 0747556466 Browsing in a Wellington bookshop, it was with delight  that I picked up a copy of The Fox Boy. Here appeared to be a book…
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Posted in History, Memoir, Non-fiction, Review

The short story of non-fiction, Tony Simpson

When Famous People Come to Town Damien Wilkins On Kissing Kate Camp On Longing Vincent O’Sullivan Four Winds Press, $14.95 each, ISBN 0958237506; 0958237514; 0958237530 Shortly after these little books, none much longer than 50 pages, were published in September…
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Posted in Essays, Non-fiction, Review

Driven to grizzling, Dale Williams

The Cars We Loved John McCrystal Penguin, $36.95, ISBN 01401004517 Killing Us Softly: The Kiwi Culture of Complaint John Bluck Shoal Bay Press, $24.95, ISBN 1877251100 Kiwiana! The Sequel Richard Wolfe and Stephen Barnett Penguin, $49.95, ISBN 0140298770 We seek…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

A bob each way, Jon Gadsby

The Other Side Of The Ditch: A cartoon century in the New Zealand-Australia relationship Ian F Grant Tandem Press, $19.95, ISBN 0958232008 Thoroughbreds, Trainers, Toffs and Tic Tac Men: A Cartoon History of Horse Racing in New Zealand David Grant…
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Posted in History, Media, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Meet the monsters, Tony Simpson

Three Labour Leaders: Nordmeyer, Kirk, Rowling  ed Margaret Clark Dunmore Press, $29.95, ISBN 086469394X Mirrors on the Hill: Reflections on New Zealand’s Political Leaders  Keith Eunson Dunmore Press, $29.95, ISBN 086469385 To the uninitiated, looking in askance from without, politics…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review
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