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For us there is only the trying, Paul Morris 

Tell You What: Great New Zealand Non-Fiction 2015  Jolisa Gracewood and Susanna Andrew (eds) Auckland University Press, $30.00 ISBN 9781869408244 Greatest Hits: A Quarter Century of Journalistic Encounters and Notes from Lost Cities  David Cohen Mākaro Press, $35.00 ISBN 9780994106544…
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Lifting the lid, Colin Peacock

Dirty Politics: How Attack Politics is Poisoning New Zealand’s Political Environment Nicky Hager Craig Potton Publishing, $35.00, ISBN 9781927213360 The Catch: How Fishing Companies Reinvented Slavery and Plunder the Oceans Michael Field Awa Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781927249024   “Laws are…
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Posted in Economics, Media, Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review

Development journalism, Alex Perrottet

Don’t Spoil My Beautiful Face: Media, Mayhem and Human Rights in the Pacific David Robie Little Island Press ISBN 9781877484254 It’s easy to read a book written by a journalist, especially if it covers wars, environmental disasters, independence struggles, and…
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Auckland’s newspaper wars, Grant Hannis

Extra! Extra! How the People Made the News David Hastings Auckland University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781869407384 Histories of New Zealand newspapers are usually boring. I’m sure anyone who’s tried to read Guy Scholefield’s 1958 history of New Zealand newspapers has…
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Getting it covered, Jenny Nicholls

North & South magazine art director Jenny Nicholls looks into the future of book design. Recently I was sent a photography book published by Taschen – Mario Testino: Private View – to review. I had been looking forward to the…
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Rugby, shopping and Shortland Street, Tony Schirato

Ruling Passions: Essays on Just About Everything Nick Perry Otago University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781877372896   One of the main functions of a book review is to give readers an idea as to whether or to what extent the title…
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Column centimetres and sound bites, Peter Calder

Scooped: The Politics and Power of Journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand  Martin Hirst, Sean Phelan and Verica Rupar (eds) AUT Media, $39.95, ISBN 9780958299763   For an industry that spends its time holding others to account, journalism has a remarkable…
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Windows to wonder, Tristan Clark

How to Play a Video Game Pippin Barr Awa Press, $19.95, ISBN 9781877551314   When I was 10, my brother and I stayed the night at my best friend’s house. While there, we hired a Sega Mega Drive – a…
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Frame by frame, Paul Wolffram

New Zealand Film: An Illustrated History Diane Pivac (ed) with Frank Stark and Lawrence McDonald Te Papa Press, $85.00, ISBN 9781877385667   It is rare to find a non-fiction book that offers such a fascinating and comprehensive view of its…
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Map of a vision, Liv Macassey

The Past Awaits: People, Film, Images Vincent Ward Craig Potton Publishing, $69.99, ISBN 9781877517310   The Past Awaits joins a number of recent pictorial books on aspects of Aotearoa New Zealand cinema, such as Ian Brodie’s A Journey Through New…
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