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Behind bars, Roger Robinson

The Prison Diary of A C Barrington: Dissent and Conformity in Wartime New Zealand John Pratt (with an introduction by John Barrington) Otago University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781927322314 When did you last think about being in prison? Not the theory…
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Mud, blood and misconception, Damien Fenton

First Day of the Somme: The Complete Account of Britain’s Worst-ever Military Disaster  Andrew Macdonald, HarperCollins, $40.00, ISBN 9781775540403 Experience of a Lifetime: People, Personalities and Leaders in the First World War  John Crawford, David Littlewood and James Watson (eds)…
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With the Second Division, Tony Simpson

A Bloody Road Home: World War Two and New Zealand’s Heroic Second Division Christopher Pugsley Penguin, $70.00 ISBN 9780143571896 It might seem strange that we have had to wait seven decades from the conclusion of WWII for a comprehensive history…
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Rescuing an heroic figure, Jane Westaway

Petals & Bullets: Dorothy Morris, New Zealand Nurse in the Spanish Civil War Mark Derby Potton and Burton, $40.00, ISBN 9781927213766 In the preface to Mark Derby’s new book, Spanish War historian Angela Jackson writes of the challenge in recounting…
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Mingling the sacred and the profane, Martin Edmond

The Penguin Book of New Zealand War Writing Harry Ricketts and Gavin McLean (eds) Penguin Books, $65.00, ISBN 9780143573098 Oddly enough – or perhaps not – when this book arrived at my door I remembered one of the more arcane…
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Voices from the past, Jock Phillips

Remembering Gallipoli: Interviews with New Zealand Gallipoli Veterans  Christopher Pugsley and Charles Ferrall (eds) Victoria University Press, $40.00 ISBN 9780864739919 Amid the flood of printed words that have marked the centenary of New Zealand’s Gallipoli experience, Remembering Gallipoli comes with,…
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On a human scale, Felicity Barnes

Holding on to Home: New Zealand Stories and Objects of the First World War Kate Hunter and Kirstie Ross Te Papa Press, $50.00, ISBN 9780987668851 One hundred years on, WWI continues to loom large in New Zealand life. With the…
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Captions and context, David Littlewood

The Anzacs: An Inside View of New Zealanders at Gallipoli Auckland War Memorial Museum Penguin, $45.00, ISBN 9780143572336 Brothers in Arms: Gordon and Robin Harper in the Great War Jock Phillips with Philip Harper and Susan Harper NZHistoryJock, $40.00, ISBN…
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Cultural mobilisation, Philippa Mein Smith

Calls to Arms: New Zealand Society and Commitment to the Great War Steven Loveridge Victoria University Press, $40.00. ISBN 9780864739674. Impressed by the Blackadder account of WWI when he was a child, Steven Loveridge grew up to write a PhD…
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Hitting the mark, Matthew Wright

Desert War: The Battle of Sidi Rezegh Peter Cox Exisle, $35.00, ISBN 9781921966705 Mention Sidi Rezegh to most New Zealanders today and there is a good chance they will look at you strangely. A few, probably, will nod and perhaps…
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