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Ganging up, Alison Gray

Patched: The History of Gangs in New Zealand Jarrod Gilbert Auckland University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9781869407292 This is a very satisfying book, which is not always the case when a PhD turns into a paperback. It is well-organised, well-written and…
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Down the side roads of history, Alison Gray

Road Markings  Michael Jackson Rosa Mira Books, $US11.00 (digital), ISBN 9780986469435   One of Buddha’s most satisfying teachings is the simplicity of mindfulness. “When walking, walk; when standing, stand; when sitting, sit; when lying down, lie down.” And, if he…
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Ongoing negotiations, Alison Gray

Honouring the Contract John E Martin Victoria University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9780864736345   In his new book, John Martin takes a step back in his exploration of the genesis and nature of the role of government in New Zealand labour…
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Unpretty lives, Alison Gray

Trust: A True Story of Women and Gangs Pip Desmond Random House, $39.99, ISBN 9781869792435 This is a brave book in a number of ways. The women who have contributed are brave. Their stories are not pretty; their present lives…
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Designing the welfare quilt, Alison Gray

The Fabric of Welfare: Voluntary Organisations, Government and Welfare in New Zealand, 1840-2005 Margaret Tennant    Bridget Williams Books, $49.99,  ISBN 9781877242373 Margaret Tennant has added another patch to the ever-expanding quilt of publications documenting the social history of New Zealand.…
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Fertile ground, Alison Gray

The New Zealand Family From 1840: A Demographic History Ian Pool, Arunachalam Dharmalingam and Janet Sceats (eds) Auckland University Press, $50.00,  ISBN 9781869403577 A demographic history of the New Zealand family? Well, that’ll be a short, sad story. Everyone knows…
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Always with us, Alison Gray

Society and Politics: New Zealand Social Policy Grant Duncan Pearson Sprint Print Prentice Hall, $29.95, ISBN 1877258962 Past Judgement: Social Policy in New Zealand History ed Bronwyn Dalley and Margaret Tennant University of Otago Press, $39.95, ISBN 187727657X Greed, blame,…
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KM’d & KO’d, Alison Gray

Recollecting Mansfield Margaret Scott Godwit, $29.95, ISBN 1869620763 It is hard to know whether Katherine Mansfield would have been delighted, amazed or appalled at the industry that has evolved since her death, at the academic careers she has sustained, at…
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What about the suburbs? Alison Gray

Mum’s the Word: The untold story of motherhood in New Zealand Sue Kedgley Random House, $39.95, ISBN 1 86941 292 3 Striking a Balance: New Zealand women talk about career and family Jillian Stewart and Susan Davis Penguin Books, $24.95,…
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Changing women’s lives, Rosemary du Plessis

Springs in My Heels: Stories About Women and Change Alison Gray, Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, 1991, $27.95 Ladies a Plate: Change and Continuity in the Lives of New Zealand Women Julie Park (ed), Auckland University Press, Auckland, 1991, $29.95 Both…
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