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Just like on tv, Annabel Cresswell

The Dwarf Who Moved and Other Remarkable Tales from a Life in the Law Peter Williams HarperCollins, $50.00, ISBN 9781775540472 Criminal lawyers love war stories. War stories are great yarns about epic legal disputes, great victories and shocking defeats, where…
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Sources of discomfort, W K Hastings

Murder That Wasn’t: The Case of George Gwaze  Felicity Goodyear-Smith Otago University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9781877578991 Part of me wishes this book had not been written. It makes for uncomfortable reading. It is, of course, perfectly legitimate for an author…
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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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A poverty of compassion, Rod Oram

Child Poverty in New Zealand Jonathan Boston and Simon Chapple Bridget Williams Books, $50.00, ISBN 9781927247860 “New Zealand has the necessary resources to reduce child poverty, and equitable and efficient ways to secure these resources are available. The question is…
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The cost of living, Don Brash

The New Zealand CPI at 100: History and Interpretation Sharleen Forbes and Antong Victorio (eds) Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9780864739667 To my considerable surprise, I enjoyed this book, and learnt much more than I expected from the diversity of…
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The Goliath of public opinion, Gyles Beckford

Peace, Power and Politics: How New Zealand Became Nuclear Free Maire Leadbetter Otago University Press ISBN 9781877578588 I remember that visit of the USS Truxtun to Wellington in August 1976. It was cold and dreary, matching the battle-grey paintwork of…
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Moral force, John Campbell

The Mighty Totara: The Life and Times of Norman Kirk David Grant Random House, $50.00, ISBN 9781775535799 I was 10 when Norman Kirk died. It was the first death I had ever registered. When the news came through, my parents…
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The liberal leftie who learned maths, Matthew Hooton

Incredible Luck Don Brash Troika, $35.00, ISBN 9780473269081 The tradition, when a New Zealand political book is published, is for our small but self-absorbed political class to rush to the nearest bookshop – often Bennetts at 1 Bowen Street, now…
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Dressing Wellington’s radicals, David Grant

Sewing Freedom: Philip Josephs, Transnationalism and Early New Zealand Anarchism Jared Davidson AK Press, $15.00, ISBN 9781849351324 Philip Josephs was a Latvian-born Jewish tailor who escaped religious persecution in his home country. He emigrated firstly to Glasgow – the industrial…
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Refugees and New Zealand compassion, Verica Rupar

Refuge New Zealand: A Nation‘s Response to Refugees and Asylum Seekers Ann Beaglehole Otago University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781877578502 Andris, Where are You? From Latvia to New Zealand: The Family Story of Andris Apse Ron Crosby Craig Potton Publishing, $40.00,…
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