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A complicated relationship, Thom Conroy

The Ice Shelf Anne Kennedy Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781776562015 What role does a book invite me to accept as its reader? I need not comply with a book’s request, of course, but I’m bound to recognise or, at…
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Going high, Julia Millen

To the Mountains: A Collection of New Zealand Alpine Writing Laurence Fearnley and Paul Hersey (eds) Otago University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781988531205 Since the arrival of Pacific peoples, New Zealand’s mountains have enthralled and enchanted. Māori revered the craggy peaks…
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Posted in History, Literature, Natural History, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Listening for the voice, Janet Hughes

Coming to it: Selected Poems Sam Hunt Potton and Burton, $30.00, ISBN 9780947503802 Poeta: Selected and New Poems Cilla McQueen Otago University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781988531281 Watching for the Wingbeat: New and Selected Poems Pat White Cold Hub Press, $40.00,…
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“Lashings of empathy”, Tina Shaw

From the Ashes Deborah Challinor HarperCollins, $37.00, ISBN 9781460754122 What You Wish For Catherine Robertson Black Swan, $38.00, ISBN 9780143772811 Discovering that From the Ashes is a sequel to Fire, Challinor’s 2006 novel, makes sense of this novel’s title. Fire…
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Teenage territories, Barbara Else

Make a Hard Fist Tina Shaw One Tree House, $20.00, ISBN 9780473421878 Ocean’s Kiss Lani Wendt Young One Tree House, $29.00, ISBN 9780995106741 Legacy Whiti Hereaka Huia, $25.00, ISBN 9781775503347 To state the obvious, one problem with writing young adult…
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Boys’ own journey, Chris Szekely

The Top Secret Undercover Notes of Buttons McGinty Rhys Darby Scholastic, $18.00, ISBN 9781775434979 Between Adele Broadbent One Tree House, $20.00, ISBN 9780995106420 Slice of Heaven Des O’Leary Mākaro Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780995109247 I reckon I had the best summer…
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Where perspectives collide, John McCrystal 

The Imaginary Lives of James Pōneke Tina Makereti Vintage, $38.00, ISBN 9780143771562 You don’t have to be a good old-fashioned structuralist to look into the patterns of history and see the tectonic grind of ideas reflected in the rippling of…
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A child’s-eye view, Anna Mackenzie

The Mapmakers’ Race Eirlys Hunter Gecko Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781776572038 Time Twins Arne Norlin and Sally Astridge Submarine, $25.00, ISBN 9780473406325 Finding David Hill Puffin, $20.00, ISBN 9780143772392 The bonds of family and place, seen from an appropriately youthful viewpoint,…
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Giving them what they want, Linda Burgess

Donato and the Cartege Blade Fiona Jordan Mary Egan Publishing, $25.00, ISBN 9780473437367 1918: Broken Poppies Des Hunt Scholastic, $19.00, ISBN 9781775432821 How Not to Stop a Kidnap Plot Suzanne Main Scholastic, $17.00, ISBN 9781775434801 Dawn Raid Pauline (Vaeluaga) Smith…
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Words uncaged, Tim Upperton

How to Defeat the Philistines David Beach David Beach, $25.00, ISBN 9780473426163 Winter Eyes Harry Ricketts Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781776561872 A Fine Morning at Passchendaele Kevin Ireland Steele Roberts, $25.00, ISBN 9780947493677 Poetic forms are a bit like…
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