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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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Colonial orientalism, Paula Morris

Galleries of Maoriland: Artists, Collectors and the Māori World, 1880–1910  Roger Blackley Auckland University Press, $75.00, ISBN 9781869409357 The cover image of Roger Blackley’s impressive new book is a famous one: a tea break in Charles Goldie’s frame-stacked studio in…
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“Evolution or revolution?”, Simon Upton

The New Biological Economy: How New Zealanders are Creating Value from the Land Eric Pawson and the Biological Economies Team Auckland University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781869408886 Having lived away from New Zealand for the best part of 15 years, I…
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The games we play, Owen Mann

Sport and the New Zealanders: A History Greg Ryan and Geoff Watson Auckland University Press, $65.00, ISBN 9781869408831 On Christmas Day last year, many people around the country would have ripped open a well-wrapped gift to discover a sportsperson’s biography…
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Melody slithering through the misery, Martin Lodge

Good-bye Maoriland: The Songs and Sounds of New Zealand’s Great War Chris Bourke Auckland University Press, $60.00, ISBN 978869408718 For both civilians and the soldiers alike on active service during WWI, music proved a significant and enduring element of New…
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Posted in Māori, Music, Non-fiction, Review

Placing the monarchy, Stephen Levine

This Realm of New Zealand: The Sovereign, the Governor-General, the Crown Alison Quentin-Baxter and Janet McLean Auckland University Press, $65.00, ISBN 9781869408756 To say that this book adds considerably to the literature about the monarchy in New Zealand would be…
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Yearning and erasure, John Horrocks

He’s so MASC Chris Tse Auckland University Press, $30.00, ISBN 1781869408879 The Facts Therese Lloyd Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781776561810 Dark Days at the Oxygen Café James Norcliffe Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781776560837 (more…)
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Colliding pasts, Lydia Wevers

Tears of Rangi: Experiments Across Worlds Anne Salmond Auckland University Press, $65.00, ISBN 9781869408657   The cover blurb suggests Tears of Rangi is Anne Salmond’s “most ambitious book to date”, and in many respects this is the case, since in…
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Posted in History, Māori, Non-fiction

Consecrating Curnow, Simon During

Allen Curnow: Simply by Sailing in a New Direction Terry Sturm (Linda Cassells (ed)) Auckland University Press, $70.00, ISBN 9781869408527, Allen Curnow’s first book, Valley of Decision, appeared as a “Phoenix Miscellany” under the Auckland University College Students’ Association Press…
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An account of trauma, Michael Hulse

Allen Curnow: Collected Poems Elizabeth Caffin and Terry Sturm (eds) Auckland University Press, $60.00, ISBN 9781869408510 Allen Curnow’s poetry is a transcript of trauma. “Morning by morning incorruption / Puts on corruption”: this most fundamental of thoughts, borne in upon…
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