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The Hutt Valley takes Manhattan … Murray Bramwell

Book Of Cohen  David Cohen Steele Roberts, $30.00, ISBN 9780947493882 Book Of Cohen is a singular volume with multiple objectives: “This was always going to be a work by one Cohen (that would be me) on another Cohen (that would…
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Warning and consolation, Mark Houlahan

Selected Poems Ian Wedde Auckland University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781869408596 If you dine at Ian Wedde’s, the poetic indications are you’ll eat well. Among the many charms of this seductive, fatly packed Selected Poems are the number of food groups…
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Doors and mirrors, Alex Mitcalfe Wilson 

The Chosen One Joy H Davidson DHD Publishing, $27.00, ISBN 9780473448301 Harsu and the Werestoat Barbara Else Gecko Press, $35.00, ISBN 9781776572199 The World of Greek Mythology Ben Spies Spies Publishing, $20.00, ISBN 9780473455866 Fantasy has always mattered to me.…
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Posted in Children, Fiction, History, Literature, Non-fiction, Review

Making conversation, Michele A’Court

Past Caring? Women, Work And Emotion Barbara Brookes, Jane McCabe and Angela Wanhalla Otago University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781988531342 Still Counting: Wellbeing, Women’s Work And Policy-making Marilyn Waring BWB Texts, $15.00, ISBN 9781988545530 A few days ago at a book…
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Posted in Essays, Gender, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Speaking frankly, Margaret Sparrow

My Body, My Business: New Zealand Sex Workers In An Era Of Change Caren Wilton (Madeleine Slavick photographer) Otago University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781988531328 As I write this review, I hear a news item that Dame Catherine Healy DNZM and…
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Seeing how they run, Geoff Watson

When Running Made History Roger Robinson Canterbury University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780815611004 New Zealanders have a longstanding connection with running. Long-distance running was one of the early activities of Māori and, from at least as early as the 1880s, New…
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On not relying on truthiness, Brian Easton 

A Conversation With My Country Alan Duff Penguin Random House, $39.00, ISBN 9780143773269 In 1990, a comet brightened the New Zealand literary scene and society with the publication of Alan Duff’s Once Were Warriors, for it involved both an extraordinary…
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Posted in Māori, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Believing you are a star, Nick Bollinger

Dead People I Have Known Shayne Carter Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781776562213 Rock odysseys can start in obscure places. Shayne Carter’s began in Brockville, a state-housing suburb of Dunedin, a city at the southern end of a country that…
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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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