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Loving nature to death, Kirstie Ross

The Wonder Country: Making New Zealand Tourism Margaret McClure Auckland University Press, $44.99, ISBN 1869403193 Our Islands, Our Selves: A History of Conservation in New Zealand David Young University of Otago Press, $59.95, ISBN 1877276944 Tourism and conservation are the…
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Roar of the greasepaint, Frances Edmond

Downstage Upfront John Smythe Victoria University Press, $49.95, ISBN 0864734891 In Downstage’s first year, 1964, I saw the Beatles in the Wellington Town Hall and screamed and cried along with thousands of other teenagers – girls mostly. The next year…
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Walks on the wild side, Lynn Freeman

Grooves of Glory Alan Brunton Bumper Books, $30, ISBN 095822255X Cherish Ken Duncum Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 084673493X “This whole trip is like reading a cartoon strip, pictures you can’t understand without a caption.” Alan Brunton’s poetry is a…
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Telling it like it was, Joan Rosier-Jones

Joan Rosier-Jones examines the craze for family history In 1996 Bob Ross at Tandem Press asked me to write a book based on the courses I had been running for Continuing Education at the University of Auckland. Writing Your Family…
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Hooked on wonder and mystery, Damian Skinner

Shane Cotton ed Lara Strongman City Gallery Wellington and Victoria University Press, $59.95, ISBN 0864734697 Jeffrey Harris Justin Paton Victoria University Press and Dunedin Public Art Gallery, $69.95, ISBN 0864734867 Engravings on Wood by Leo Bensemann  ed Peter Simpson Holloway…
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A magic lantern show, Stevan Eldred-Grigg

Hellhole of the Pacific Richard Wolfe Penguin, $35.00, ISBN 0143019872 Kororareka in the Bay of Islands in some ways resembles Akaroa on Banks Peninsula. The two tiny townships were settings for power plays by various groups for a few brief…
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In the beginning was the word, Nelson Wattie

The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary ed Tony Deverson and Graeme Kennedy Oxford University Press, $130, ISBN 0195584511 Lexicographers are celebrating the 250th anniversary of the publication, on 15 April 1755, of Samuel Johnson’s dictionary, the book that made their profession…
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Facing off, Norman Bilbrough

This Thing in the Mirror: Self Portraits by New Zealand Artists Claire Finlayson Craig Potton Publishing, $49.95, ISBN 1877333182 This Thing in the Mirror has a foreword by television presenter John Campbell, and the opening statement, “This is a book…
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Down by the river, Charlotte Yates

How to Listen to Pop Music Nick Bollinger Awa Press, $24.95, ISBN 0958250960 Nick Bollinger is well known as a music reviewer or, perhaps the weightier epithet, rock journalist. He has worked in print media since 1988 for, among others,…
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The operative words, Rae McGregor

Writing at the Edge of the Universe ed Mark Williams Canterbury University Press, $34.95, ISBN 1877257311 I wonder if Patrick Evans realised, when he wrote that salty article about students from Bill Manhire’s Victoria University creative writing programme (New Zealand…
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