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Once upon a time in West Auckland, Denis Welch

Black and White John Tamihere (with Helen Bain) Reed, $29.95, ISBN 0790009641 Few politicians these days have lives interesting enough to write about, let alone turn into saleable books. No one is going to queue up at Whitcoulls for Steve…
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Dancing to his own tune, Jane Westaway

Ghost dance Douglas Wright Penguin, $39.95, ISBN 0143019031 It’s tempting, when looking to praise a good book from someone who has made their mark in another sphere, to damn them with the feint praise of “natural writer”. As if their…
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Forging on, Roger Blackley

Good as Goldie: the amazing story of New Zealand’s most famous art forger Karl F Sim (C F Goldie) and Tim Wilson Hodder Moa Beckett, $35, ISBN 1869589076   You know me as a forger, but I’ve had more lives…
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Because it’s still there, Geoff Chapple

Everest – Summit of Achievement Stephen Venables Allen & Unwin, $79.95, ISBN 1741140668 Everest – 50 Years on Top of the World George Band Collins, $49.95, ISBN 0007147481 High Adventure: Our Ascent of Everest Sir Edmund Hillary Allen & Unwin,…
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Lore meets law, Kate Riddell

Mihipeka: Call of an Elder Karanga a te kuia Mihi Edwards Steele Roberts, $29.95, ISBN 1877228222 The Tribes of Muriwhenua: Their Origins and Stories  Dorothy Urlich Cloher (Maori translation by Merimeri Penfold) Auckland University Press, $29.95, ISBN 1869402693 Rere atu,…
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Truth vs the good story, Laura Kroetsch

Barbed Wire Between Us: A story of love and war Derek Round Random House, $29.95, ISBN 1869415248 Last of the Whalers: Charlie Heberley’s Story Heather Heberley Cape Catley, $29.95, ISBN 0908561903 In Search of Elisa Marchetti: A Writer’s Search for…
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One of Alf’s, Jack Lasenby

Somebodies and Nobodies Brian Turner Vintage, $34.95 ISBN 1869415078 Few autobiographies return us to scrutinising our own lives. I’ve just had – suffered – that experience reading Brian Turner’s Somebodies and Nobodies. It covers his first 25 years, from birth…
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Chord and discord Laurence Jenkins

A Life Set to Music, the Autobiography of Edwin Carr, New Zealand Composer Edwin Carr Blanchard Press, $42.95, ISBN 0473078511 With the recent death of Douglas Lilburn, this country was reminded that the vanguard of creative artists, those who first…
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The Darke side, Jan Jordan

Flight of the Dancing Bird: One Woman’s Courageous Fight to Reclaim her Life Tanjas Darke HarperCollins, $24.95, ISBN1869503961 Imagine a dancing bird, pirouetting through the trees, the light catching the golden tips of feathered wings as it soars into the…
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Less orchid, more snapdragon Max Cryer

Angela: A Wonderful Life Angela D’Audney and Nicky Pellegrino Penguin, $27.95, ISBN 0143018116 In spite of the desperate tabloid-celebrity culture currently fashionable, a New Zealand show-biz biography would seem to be dodgy commercial territory. Biographies of sportsmen: yes. Of politicians:…
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