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Carry on conspiring, Redmer Yska

The Plot to Subvert Wartime New Zealand Hugh Price Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864735383 One Sunday morning at the end of March 1942, a safe-breaker fresh out of Waikeria Prison rang Cabinet Minister Bob Semple at home from a phone

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Thud and blunder, Tony Simpson

Spy  C H Kit Bennetts Random House, $37.00, ISBN 186941831X Spy is about the claim that Bill Sutch spied for the KGB. I was well-acquainted with Sutch, and we met from time to time in the 70s to talk about

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Poem — Peter Bland

The 1929 Essex Six   Our first car, bought for a fiver, from a farmer who’d dumped it decades before under thick gorse in a corner paddock where mushrooms sprouted on the back seat. After days of tinkering we got

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Opening a vein, Paul Thomas

Down Boy Joe Bennett Hazard Press, $20.00, ISBN 1877393258 Hillsides: The Best of David Hill Mallinson Rendel, $25.00, ISBN 0958262608 The American sportswriter Red Smith, who produced a daily column for 22 consecutive years, reckoned being a columnist was easy:

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Field notes, Gerald McGhie

Black Saturday: New Zealand’s Tragic Blunders in Samoa Michael Field Reed, $34.99, ISBN 0790011034 Samoa-New Zealand relations are nothing if not complex. Michael Field in Black Saturday, while presenting an overview of Samoan history, focuses on a not only complex

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Dear Miss Williams, Mark Williams

Critic and literary historian Mark Williams describes how he learnt to love his feminine side Adolescents commonly write poetry, but they write poems to themselves rather than for an audience. If they write for others, it is usually to interest

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A tale half-told, Brian Easton

Innovation and Independence: The Reserve Bank of New Zealand 1973-2002  John Singleton (with Arthur Grimes, Gary Hawke and Frank Holmes) Auckland University Press (in association with the Ministry of Culture and Heritage), $49.99, ISBN 1869403649 This history of the Reserve

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Not enough clash and clang, Anna Livesey

Cup  Alison Wong Steele Roberts, $19.99, ISBN 1877338761 The Joy of a Ming Vase  Ruth Dallas Otago University Press, $29.95, ISBN 1877372307 Brief Lives  Chris Price Auckland University Press, $27.99, ISBN 1869403630 The Word Went Round David Howard Otago University

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Turn it off and on again, Reuben Schwarz

Dangerous Enthusiasms: E-government, Computer Failure and Information Systems Development Robin Gauld and Shaun Goldfinch Otago University Press, $39.95, ISBN 18773723X Anyone who follows IT news knows that many large-scale projects end up as catastrophic failures. Even when the projects do

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