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Sex-free romance and YA cred, Paula Morris

Bugs Whiti Hereaka Huia, $25.00, ISBN 9781775501336 When We Wake Karen Healey Allen & Unwin, $22.00, ISBN 9781742378084 Awakening Natalie King Penguin, $20.00, ISBN 9780143570790 Bugs, the eponymous protagonist of Whiti Hereaka’s first YA novel, is unimpressed with much of…
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Thoughtful thrills, Jill Holt

Fierce September Fleur Beale Random House, $19.99, ISBN 9781869793289 Guardian of the Dead  Karen Healey Allen & Unwin, $19.99, ISBN 9781741758801 Resurrection  Mandy Hager Random House, $19.99, ISBN 9781869795221   When do young people have the chance to engage in…
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Becoming someone else, Diane Hebley

Tomorrow All Will Be Beautiful Brigid Lowry Allen and Unwin, $19.99, ISBN 9781741751604 The Transformation of Minna Hargreaves Fleur Beale Random House, $19.99, ISBN 9781869418366 Duet David Hill Mallinson Rendel, $17.00,  ISBN 9781877423062 Full marks to the three well-established authors…
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Taut and twanging, Barbara Else

Running Hot  David Hill Mallinson Rendel, $16.95, ISBN 0908783949 With Lots of Love from Georgia  Brigid Lowry Allen and Unwin, $19.00, ISBN 1741143101 Kaitangata Twitch Margaret Mahy Allen and Unwin, $19.00, ISBN 174114485X The Unknown Zone Phil Smith Random House,…
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Because it’s still there, Geoff Chapple

Everest – Summit of Achievement Stephen Venables Allen & Unwin, $79.95, ISBN 1741140668 Everest – 50 Years on Top of the World George Band Collins, $49.95, ISBN 0007147481 High Adventure: Our Ascent of Everest Sir Edmund Hillary Allen & Unwin,…
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Posted in Autobiography, Biography, Children, History, Memoir, Non-fiction, Review

Whizzbangs and big bangs, Fleur Beale

Follow the blue Brigid Lowry Allen & Unwin, $19.95, ISBN 186508400X Letters from the Coffin Trenches Ken Catran Random House, $16.95, ISBN 1869415094 The Sleeper Wakes David Hill Puffin, $15.95, ISBN 0141313242 The High Wind Blows David Hill Puffin, $15.95,…
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“Bugger the dragonflies”, Bernard Carpinter

Shirker Chad Taylor Allen & Unwin, $35, ISBN 0862419026 A defenestration (nice word, eh?) makes an arresting beginning to Chad Taylor’s third novel. Especially as the defenestree is the narrator. Just how Ellerslie Penrose came to be flying out of…
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Words for music perhaps, Nick Bollinger

Love This Life: Lyrics 1978-2001 Neil Finn Allen & Unwin, $35.00, ISBN 1865085081 Lyrics without melody Mahinarangi Tocker Street Women Press, $19.95, ISBN 0473074427 I have always been a passionate pop fan, but never a great lover of the printed…
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The Dictionary in retrospect, John Roberts

The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, Volume One, 1769-1869,  Allen and Unwin (Bridget Williams Books) and the Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington, 1990, $120 Christendom is essentially a construct of biography. The Gospels relate the temporal genealogy, life and death…
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Disillusionment and disapprobation, Rod Alley

Changes? The 1990 Election Colin James and Alan McRobie Allen and Unwin, Wellington, 1990, $24.95 Publication of one of the first books on the 1990 election gives Rod Alley an opportunity to question what he calls our ‘system of electoral…
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