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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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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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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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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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Stirring up the dust, John McLellan

Tutu Te Puehu: New Perspectives on the New Zealand Wars John Crawford and Ian McGibbon (eds) Steele Roberts, $50.00, ISBN 9780947493721 In February 2011, over 150 years after the start of the First Taranaki War, the first ever conference dedicated…
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Posted in History, Māori, Non-fiction, Review, War

History, memory and representation, Alfio Leotta

The Camera in the Crowd: Filming New Zealand in Peace and War: 1895-1920 Christopher Pugsley Oratia Books, $80.00, ISBN 9780947506346 Filming the Colonial Past: The New Zealand Wars on Screen Annabel Cooper University of Otago Press, $50.00, ISBN 9781988531083 As…
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Posted in History, Media, Non-fiction, Review

Colonial orientalism, Paula Morris

Galleries of Maoriland: Artists, Collectors and the Māori World, 1880–1910  Roger Blackley Auckland University Press, $75.00, ISBN 9781869409357 The cover image of Roger Blackley’s impressive new book is a famous one: a tea break in Charles Goldie’s frame-stacked studio in…
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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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