Yearly Archives: 2006

Revolution or spectacle, Don Aimer

Revolution: The 1913 Great Strike in New Zealand Melanie Nolan (ed) Canterbury University Press in association with the Trade Union History Project, $34.95, ISBN 1877257400 The track record of revolutions is dismal. Failure, betrayal and despair almost assuredly await you.…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review

Crockery and bad language, Jock Phillips

Disputed Histories: Imagining New Zealand’s Pasts Tony Ballantyne and Brian Moloughney (ed) Otago University Press, $49.95, ISBN 1877276161 This immensely stimulating volume began life as a tribute to Erik Olssen on the occasion of his retirement from Otago University. The…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review

Lost writers revisited, Elizabeth Webby

Maoriland: New Zealand Literature 1872-1914   Jane Stafford and Mark Williams Victoria University Press, $39.95, ISBN 0864735227 In this excellent reassessment of an important phase of New Zealand’s literary and cultural history, Jane Stafford and Mark Williams challenge previous views of…
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Posted in History, Literature, Māori, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Heroics, Ken Catran

Best and Bravest: Kiwis Awarded the Victoria Cross Glyn Harper and Colin Richardson HarperCollins, $17.99, ISBN 1869505239 Soldier in the Yellow Socks: Charles Upham, Our Finest Fighting Soldier Janice Marriott HarperCollins, $19.99, ISBN 1869505697 War Zones Helen Beaglehole Steele Roberts,…
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Posted in Children, Fiction, History, Literature, Non-fiction, Review, War

In the jaws of Moloch, Les Cleveland

On My Way to the Somme Andrew Macdonald HarperCollins, $35.00, ISBN 11869505549 Galatas 1941 Lynn McConnell Reed, $39.99, ISBN 0790010496 In the Face of the Enemy Glyn Harper and Colin Richardson HarperCollins, $35.99, ISBN 1869505220 The Big Show Alison Parr…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review, War

Disputed territory, W K Hastings

Sexuality Down Under: Social and Historical Perspectives Allison Kirkman and Pat Moloney (eds) Otago University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1877372102    Books of essays presenting breadth without sacrificing depth are rare, and their editors must be prepared for bracing confrontations with would-be…
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Posted in Essays, Gender, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Old novelists never die, John McCrystal

Guthrie Wilson: Soldier, Writer, Educator Julia Millen First Edition, $34.95, ISBN 1877391638 A stroll past the literature shelves of the “reference-only” section of a public library is a sobering experience for a writer, for there engraved on the spines of…
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Posted in Biography, Non-fiction, Review

Circulation wars, James Hollings

He Pitopito Korero no te Perehi Maori: Readings from the Maori-language Press  Jenifer Curnow, Ngapare Hopa and Jane McRae (eds) Auckland University Press, $39.99, ISBN 1869403592 Colonial Discourses: Niupepa Maori 1855-1863 Lachy Paterson Otago University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1877372269 Friends,…
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Posted in History, Māori, Media, Non-fiction, Review

“Girl interested in wave technology”, David Hill

Bright Star: Beatrice Hill Tinsley Astronomer Christine Cole Catley Cape Catley, $49.99, ISBN 1877340014 I can offer the usual apologia for astronomy. There’s its significance as a global employer (NASA alone pays 20,000 salaries). Its contributions to other sciences, such…
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The willow path to peace, Hamish McDouall

John Wright’s Indian Summers  John Wright with Sharda Ugra and Paul Thomas Hodder Moa Beckett, $49.99, ISBN 9781869710620 In a sport largely populated by talented solipsists, former New Zealand captain John Wright has always stood out within cricket for his…
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Posted in Memoir, Non-fiction, Review, Sport
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