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Blank spaces, Tim Grgec

The Farewell Tourist Alison Glenny Otago University Press, $27.50, ISBN 978198853129 All of Us Adrienne Jansen and Carina Gallegos Landing Press, $22.00, ISBN 9780473451684 Louder Kerrin P Sharpe Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781776561964 Alison Glenny’s Kathleen Grattan Poetry award-winning…
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Earnest but elusive, Hannah Newport-Watson

Under Glass Gregory Kan Auckland University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781869408916 It’s common to talk about the “emotional landscape” of a book. Gregory Kan’s second poetry collection Under Glass transforms that figure of speech into something more – yet not entirely…
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And on the strangest sea, Paul Moon

New Zealand and the Sea: Historical Perspectives  Frances Steel (ed) Bridget Williams Books, $60.00, ISBN 9780947518707 Ocean: Tales of Voyaging and Encounter that Defined New Zealand Sarah Ell Penguin Random House, $70.00, ISBN 9780143772675 Most histories of nations tend to…
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Finding the way back, Nicholas Reid

Now When it Rains – A Writer’s Memoir  Jeffrey Paparoa Holman Steele Roberts, $35.00, ISBN 9780947493776 A boy needs a father, but things can go badly wrong if the father is not good at fathering. This seems to be one…
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Galling truth, Megan Dunn

Kaitiaki o te Pō: Essays  John-Paul Powley  Seraph Press, $35.00, ISBN 9780994134592 I am in two minds about John-Paul Powley’s Kaitiaki o te Pō – this is a good essay collection, even really good. But goodness is also Powley’s Achilles…
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Pressing on, James Hollings 

Lasting Impressions: The Story of New Zealand’s Newspapers, 1840–1920 Ian F Grant Fraser Books, in association with the Alexander Turnbull Library, $69.50, ISBN 9780994136046 At a time when journalism is in crisis, with collapsing revenues and governments and elites indifferent…
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Women past and present, Kim Worthington

Women Equality Power: Helen Clark: Selected Speeches from a Life of Leadership Allen and Unwin, $45.00, ISBN 9781988547053 Women Now: The Legacy of Female Suffrage Bronwyn Labrum (ed) Te Papa Press, $35.00, ISBN 9780994146007 If there was ever a year…
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Posted in Essays, Gender, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Heroic lives, Bruce Babington

Whatever it Takes: Pacific Films and John O’Shea 1948-2000 John Reid Victoria University Press, $60.00, ISBN 9781776562114 Many years ago, I was invited by the New Zealand Film Archive to try to order the mass of material in its John…
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Posted in Art, History, Non-fiction, Review

Playing at home, John McCrystal

Pearly Gates: A Novel Owen Marshall Vintage, $38.00, ISBN 9780143773153 “Pride goeth before a fall”, so the proverb runs, “and an haughty spirit before destruction”. The prideful one in Owen Marshall’s latest novel is Pat Gates, universally known as “Pearly”.…
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Why Y? David Hill

Ursa Tina Shaw Walker Books, $23.00, ISBN 9781760651244 Invisibly Breathing Eileen Merriman Penguin Random House, $20.00, ISBN 9780143772859 Flight of the Fantail Steph Matuku Huia, $30.00, ISBN 9781775503521 An unspecified number of years back at a Going West Festival, I…
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Posted in Literature, Review, Young adults
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