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Gloomy agreement, Tom Brooking

The New Zealand Project Max Harris Bridget Williams Books, $40.00, ISBN 9780947492588 New Zealand: Paradise Squandered? Reflections on What We’ve Lost and Where We’re Heading John Hawkes John Hawkes, $40.00, ISBN 9780473375553 Two New Zealanders at either end of their…
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Fiasco, Jon Johansson

Hit and Run: The New Zealand SAS in Afghanistan and the Meaning of Honour Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson Potton & Burton, $35.00, ISBN 9780947503390 As someone who has been around the political traps a fair while, my heuristic for…
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Revisiting the 1930s, Tony Simpson

The Broken Decade: Prosperity, Depression and Recovery in New Zealand 1928–1939 Malcolm McKinnon Otago University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9781927322260 In 1968, I left my home town of Christchurch and came to Wellington to work as a producer in radio in…
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Town and country, Simon Upton

The Big Smoke: New Zealand Cities 1840-1920 Ben Schrader Bridget Williams Books, $60.00, ISBN 9780947492434 I live in a very large city – Paris. It is a melting-pot of anonymity, dynamic and dangerous. There are futuristic experiments in eco-design and…
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Demythologising, Mike Grimshaw

Sacred Histories in Secular New Zealand Geoffrey Troughton and Stuart Lange (eds) Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781776560950 My late grandmother was a Presbyterian, who had some Catholic friends. They lived in working-class Stanley Point (when it was working-class) in…
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Cartoonist with bite, Dinah Priestley

Murdoch: The Cartoons of Sharon Murdoch Sharon Murdoch (with commentary by Melinda Johnston) Potton and Burton, $40.00, ISBN 9780947503239 Anne Tolley crouches watchfully inside a beneficiary’s uterus, high heels digging into the soft pink flesh, her two fists blocking the…
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Not settled yet, Claudia Jardine

Christchurch Ruptures Katie Pickles BWB Texts, $15.00, ISBN 9780908321292 Leaving the Red Zone: Poems from the Canterbury Earthquakes James Norcliffe and Joanna Preston (eds) Clerestory Press, $40.00, ISBN 9780992251758 When the time came to decide what I would do after…
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Walking in more than one world, Paula Morris

Being Chinese Helene Wong Bridget Williams Books, $40.00, ISBN 9780947492380 Going Places: Migration, Economics and the Future of New Zealand Julie Fry and Hayden Glass BWB Texts, $15.00, ISBN 9780947492694 The First Migration: Maori Origins 3000 BC – AD 1450…
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Chalk and cheese William Brandt

The Many Deaths of Mary Dobie: Murder, Politics and Revenge in Nineteenth-century New Zealand David Hastings Auckland University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781869408374 The Scene of the Crime: Twelve Extraordinary True Stories of Crime and Punishment Steve Braunias HarperCollins, $37.00, ISBN…
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Tipping points, Sylvan Thomson

First Lady – From Boyhood to Womanhood: The Incredible Story of New Zealand’s Sex-change Pioneer  Liz Roberts with Alison Mau Upstart Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781927262375 Sexual Cultures in Aotearoa New Zealand Education Alexandra C Gunn and Lee A Smith (eds)…
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