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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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Never the whole truth, Spiro Zavos

Truth: The Rise and Fall of the People’s Paper Redmer Yska Craig Potton Publishing, $49.99, ISBN 9781877517303   During most of 1979 I lived with my family in Menton, in the south of France, trying to write the Great New…
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Framing ourselves, Sean Redmond

A Coming of Age: Thirty Years of New Zealand Film Duncan Petrie and Duncan Stuart Random House, $44.99, ISBN 9781869790196 Images of Dignity: Barry Barclay and Fourth Cinema Stuart Murray Huia, $50.00, ISBN 9781869693282 The two books under review provide…
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Finding touch, Chris Laidlaw

Tall Tales (Some True): Memoirs of an Unlikely Writer Greg McGee Penguin Books, $37.00, ISBN 9780143009139 McGee describes himself as an unlikely writer. This rather begs the question: what makes for a likely writer? Someone who has been brought up…
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Long shot, Russell Campbell

Shot in New Zealand: The Art and Craft of the Kiwi Cinematographer Duncan Petrie Random House, $55.00, ISBN 9781869417918 Shot in New Zealand is a handsomely produced survey of the work of 12 New Zealand cinematographers, ordered alphabetically from Warwick…
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