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History, memory and representation, Alfio Leotta

The Camera in the Crowd: Filming New Zealand in Peace and War: 1895-1920 Christopher Pugsley Oratia Books, $80.00, ISBN 9780947506346 Filming the Colonial Past: The New Zealand Wars on Screen Annabel Cooper University of Otago Press, $50.00, ISBN 9781988531083 As…
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Human error, Stephanie Johnson

A Mistake Carl Shuker Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781776562145 Carl Shuker is a writer who is not afraid to take risks. His previous four novels were all hailed for their innovation in form and espousal of post-modernism. He is,…
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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

The play’s the thing, Victor Rodger

Southern Stage John Broughton, Oscar Kightley and Erolia Ifopo, Gary Henderson, and Carl Nixon Playmarket, $40.00, ISBN 9780908607662 These four plays all have a connection to the mainland, via either their setting, their writers or, in most cases, both. However,…
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Modern love, Hannah Marshall

Invisibly Breathing Eileen Merriman Penguin Random House, $20.00, ISBN 9780143772859 Invisibly Breathing is Eileen Merriman’s third novel, and it offers more than your typical romance. Bullying, homophobia and being an outsider – Merriman tackles plenty of tough topics in this…
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A complicated relationship, Thom Conroy

The Ice Shelf Anne Kennedy Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781776562015 What role does a book invite me to accept as its reader? I need not comply with a book’s request, of course, but I’m bound to recognise or, at…
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Colonial orientalism, Paula Morris

Galleries of Maoriland: Artists, Collectors and the Māori World, 1880–1910  Roger Blackley Auckland University Press, $75.00, ISBN 9781869409357 The cover image of Roger Blackley’s impressive new book is a famous one: a tea break in Charles Goldie’s frame-stacked studio in…
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“Evolution or revolution?”, Simon Upton

The New Biological Economy: How New Zealanders are Creating Value from the Land Eric Pawson and the Biological Economies Team Auckland University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781869408886 Having lived away from New Zealand for the best part of 15 years, I…
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Going high, Julia Millen

To the Mountains: A Collection of New Zealand Alpine Writing Laurence Fearnley and Paul Hersey (eds) Otago University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781988531205 Since the arrival of Pacific peoples, New Zealand’s mountains have enthralled and enchanted. Māori revered the craggy peaks…
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Posted in History, Literature, Natural History, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

A critical lamp in a dark world, Helen Watson White

Charles Brasch: Journals 1958-1973 Charles Brasch, selected by Peter Simpson Otago University Press, $60.00, ISBN 9781988531144  “How many existences one leads at once,” wrote Dunedin poet, critic, patron and Landfall editor Charles Brasch in 1958:  I am here with LF…
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