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Playing the game, Garth Baker

  The Legend of Beau Baxter Ivan Dunn HarperCollins, $36.99, ISBN 9781869508234   A Perfect Gentleman: The Sir Wilson Whineray Story Bob Howitt HarperCollins, $49.99, ISBN 9781869508173   All Blacks Don’t Cry: A Story of Hope John Kirwan Penguin Books,…
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Family alone, Malcolm Geard

A Life on Gorge River Long Long Random House, $39.99, ISBN 9781869793302   A Life on Gorge River is an impressive and sometimes touching narrative that should appeal to all lovers of the great outdoors and perhaps to many others…
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A reasonable idea at the time, Barbara Murison

Telling Tales: A Life in Writing William Taylor HarperCollins, $39.99, ISBN 1869508378 According to his siblings William Taylor was called after his father’s dog. And here, among an endearing collection of sepia, black and white, and coloured photos in his…
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A long and winding road, John Raeburn

Cockney Kid: The Making of an Unconventional Psychologist Tony Taylor Silver Owl Press, $44.95, ISBN 0986451916 I approached this memoir with some trepidation. Its sheer scale made it a daunting read – 437 pages, and weighing in at around a…
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Teacup warriors, Les Cleveland

Fernleaf Cairo: New Zealanders at Maadi Camp Alex Hedley (with Megan Hutching) HarperCollins, $36.39, ISBN 9781869507718 Grey Ghosts: New Zealand Vietnam Vets Talk About their War Deborah Challinor HarperCollins, $36.99, ISBN 9781869507718 Things Have Been Pretty Lively: The Great War…
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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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Acting out, Michael Nicolaidi

Nola Millar: A Theatrical Life Sarah Gaitanos Victoria University Press, $50.00,  ISBN 0864735375 Just Who Does He Think He Is?  George Webby Steele Roberts, $30.00, ISBN 1877338826 Once upon a time – 40 years ago – a convergence of forces…
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Surviving immigration, Coral Atkinson

The Smell of an Oily Rag Cherry Simmonds Random House, $27.99, ISBN 1869418492 Purple Heart Ta’afuli Andrew Fiu Random House, $27.99, ISBN 1869418042 A New Zealand joke, current in the 1970s, entailed asking how one knew when a 747 carrying…
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Committed and convicted, Anne Else

To Cry Inside: Love, Death and Prison Lesley Martin Penguin, $29.95, ISBN 0143020382 “You are best to read To Die Like a Dog first”, writes Lesley Martin, introducing To Cry Inside. So I did. Written as a film script, the…
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In and out of the mincer, Jan Jordan

Accusation: A Wife’s Story Mary Fielding (with Jane Westaway) Longacre Press, $29.95, ISBN 1877361151 ”J’accuse!” (I accuse!). Just over 100 years ago Emile Zola’s article in Le Figaro on the Dreyfus Affair appeared beneath this bold headline, and helped to…
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