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Best of all possible worlds? Stephen Levine

Promises Promises: 80 Years Of Wooing New Zealand Voters Claire Robinson Massey University Press, $60.00, ISBN 9780995109544 When Jacinda Ardern stated in 2017 that, if elected, Labour would move to “abolish child poverty”, this resonated as an ambitious goal, enlightened,…
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“The play’s the thing”, Sarah Ross

Ngaio Marsh’s Hamlet: The 1943 Production Script Polly Hoskins (ed) Canterbury University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781988503134 In August 1943, as New Zealand troops in Europe began the Italian campaign, the Canterbury University College Drama Society (CUCDS) performed Hamlet to sell-out…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Plays, Review

Imperial identities, Tim Cook

For King And Other Countries: The New Zealanders Who Fought In Other Services In The First World War Glyn Harper Massey University Press, $60.00, ISBN 9780995102996 New Zealand, like Australia, Canada, India, Newfoundland and South Africa, contributed enormous numbers of…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review, War

“New Zealand’s leading public historian”, Tom Brooking

Making History: A New Zealand Story Jock Phillips Auckland University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781869408992 Jock Phillips has written an engaging memoir of his challenge to his father’s Anglophile and Eurocentric view of history, and transition from an academic to a…
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Posted in History, Memoir, Non-fiction, Review

Watching the watchers, Ian F Grant

Dead Letters: Censorship And Subversion In New Zealand 1914–1920 Jared Davidson Otago University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9781988531526 Dead Letters contains intriguing detail about a random cast of now-forgotten people who were considered likely subversives in New Zealand during WWI. For…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review, War

Doors and mirrors, Alex Mitcalfe Wilson 

The Chosen One Joy H Davidson DHD Publishing, $27.00, ISBN 9780473448301 Harsu and the Werestoat Barbara Else Gecko Press, $35.00, ISBN 9781776572199 The World of Greek Mythology Ben Spies Spies Publishing, $20.00, ISBN 9780473455866 Fantasy has always mattered to me.…
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Posted in Children, Fiction, History, Literature, Non-fiction, Review

Well packaged history, Anna Mackenzie

Amundsen’s Way: The Race To The South Pole Joanna Grochowicz Allen and Unwin, $19.00, ISBN 9781760637668 The Telegram Philippa Werry Pipi Press, $23.00, ISBN 9780473462826 Amundsen’s Way delivers exactly what it promises on the cover: the story of Norwegian Roald…
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Posted in Children, History, Non-fiction

Speaking frankly, Margaret Sparrow

My Body, My Business: New Zealand Sex Workers In An Era Of Change Caren Wilton (Madeleine Slavick photographer) Otago University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781988531328 As I write this review, I hear a news item that Dame Catherine Healy DNZM and…
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Posted in Essays, History, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

And on the strangest sea, Paul Moon

New Zealand and the Sea: Historical Perspectives  Frances Steel (ed) Bridget Williams Books, $60.00, ISBN 9780947518707 Ocean: Tales of Voyaging and Encounter that Defined New Zealand Sarah Ell Penguin Random House, $70.00, ISBN 9780143772675 Most histories of nations tend to…
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Heroic lives, Bruce Babington

Whatever it Takes: Pacific Films and John O’Shea 1948-2000 John Reid Victoria University Press, $60.00, ISBN 9781776562114 Many years ago, I was invited by the New Zealand Film Archive to try to order the mass of material in its John…
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Posted in Art, History, Non-fiction, Review
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