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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

Almost too true, Aleksia Drain

Lyla Fleur Beale Allen and Unwin, $19.00, ISBN 9781760113780  Lyla is a book written in raw truth. The story begins in a world of homework and the normal everyday life of a young schoolgirl named Lyla. She attends Avonside Girls’…
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Posted in Literature, Review, Young adults

Girls galloping horses: unstable identities, Amy Brown

Rainfall Ella West Allen and Unwin, $19.00, ISBN 9781760296834 Showtym Adventures: Casper, the Spirited Arabian Kelly Wilson Puffin, $15.00, ISBN 9780143772248 Do You Want to Gallop with Me? Sophie Siers (Judith Trevelyan illus) Millwood Press, $20.00, ISBN 9780473408541 The Gift…
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Posted in Children, Literature, Review

Biting wit, with an undertow of melancholy, Jim Mora

Drawn Out: A Seriously Funny Memoir Tom Scott Allen and Unwin, $45.00, ISBN 9781877505911   We all store trivial moments that hang around in the hippocampus for some sort of reason. I remember the late Kenny Everett on Capitol Radio…
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Posted in Memoir, Non-fiction, Review

Imagined pasts, alternative futures, Craig Cliff

The Necessary Angel C K Stead Allen and Unwin, $37.00, ISBN 9781760631529 Salt Picnic Patrick Evans Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781776561698 Our Future is in the Air Tim Corballis Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781776561179 When a white male…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review

Cliquety-clique? David Hill

Twice Upon a Time James Norcliffe Puffin NZ, $17.00, ISBN 9780143770671 Into the White Joanna Grochowicz Allen and Unwin, $19.00, ISBN 9781760293659 Taupo Blows! Doug Wilson Bateman, $19.00, ISBN 9781869539672 Those accusations from a few months back – the ones…
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Posted in Children, Fiction, Literature, Review

War means stories, David Hill

Ambiguity and Innocence: The New Zealand Division and the Occupation of Trieste, May 1945  Tony Simpson Silver Owl Press, $35.00, ISBN 9780986451980 The Battles of Monte Cassino: The Campaign and its Consequences Glyn Harper and John Tonkin-Covell Allen and Unwin,…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review, War

Mending and pairing, Heather Roberts

The Writing Class Stephanie Johnson Random House, $38.00, ISBN 9781775532590 The Last Days of the National Costume Anne Kennedy Allen and Unwin, $37.00, ISBN 9781743313862 Two writers of a similar age and stage in the development of their writing careers,…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review
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