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Refugees and New Zealand compassion, Verica Rupar

Refuge New Zealand: A Nation‘s Response to Refugees and Asylum Seekers Ann Beaglehole Otago University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781877578502 Andris, Where are You? From Latvia to New Zealand: The Family Story of Andris Apse Ron Crosby Craig Potton Publishing, $40.00,…
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The resilience of children, Ann Beaglehole

Frederick’s Coat Alan Duff Vintage, $38.00, ISBN 9781869415662 Bangs Stevan Eldred-Grigg Penguin, $30.00, ISBN 9780143568063 Waiting for Elizabeth Joan Rosier-Jones Tangerine Publications, $30.00, ISBN 9780987664617 Alan Duff is one of our most esteemed writers. His best-known novel Once Were Warriors…
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Eminent people and unmade beds, Ann Beaglehole

My Life in Two Halves: A Memoir  Betty Gilderdale David Bateman, $30.00, ISBN 978186953832  Before I Forget Jacqueline Fahey Auckland University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781869405816 The Lost Woman Sydney Smith Text, $40.00, ISBN 9781921922480 Freud, who supposedly said that he…
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Footmen and gout, Ann Beaglehole

Hungarian refugee Ann Beaglehole recalls Anne Frank, Lenin, Rupert Bear and Little Lord Fauntleroy. I read The Diary of Anne Frank at the age of 10. In the first entry dated 12 June 1942, Anne wrote: “I hope I shall…
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Lives on the edge, Ann Beaglehole

  This Barren Rock: 1875, A True Tale of Shipwreck and Survival in the Southern Seas  Sylvie Haisman HarperCollins, $34.99, ISBN 9780733325557   Why do we find survival stories endlessly thrilling? The book under review – a story of survival…
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Digging deep, Ann Beaglehole

Castles of Gold: A History of New Zealand’s West Coast Irish Lyndon Fraser Otago University Press, $39.95,  ISBN 9781877372445 Mine Alone: The Story of an Immigrant Mining Engineer from Staffordshire R D Mercer Butterfly Creek Press, $39.95,  ISBN 9780473120115 Stories…
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Running from the past, Zoe Prebble

Replacement Girl Ann Beaglehole Tandem Press, $27.95, ISBN 1877178985 On a Distant Island Denis Baker David Ling, $24.95, ISBN 0908990790 Replacement Girl, Ann Beaglehole’s first novel, is a story about memory, and what is not remembered; about belonging and not…
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Vietnam more goyishe, Adam Levy

Far from the Promised Land? Ann Beaglehole and Hal Levine GP Publications, $39.95 ISBN 0958341742 There were more synagogues in New Zealand last century than there are today. Hokitika had a synagogue and so did Timaru and Nelson. Many South…
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When people lose hope they die, Ann Beaglehole

By the Moon and the Stars Eva Hayman, Random Century, $24.95 Krystyna’s Story Halina Ogonowska-Coates, Bridget Williams Books, $29.95 When there is nothing left, what stops people huddling in a corner, not doing the things necessary for survival? Where does…
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