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Not Man-alone country, Heather Roberts

Politics 101 Anna Smith Canterbury University Press, $29.95, ISBN 1877257419 The Sound of Butterflies Rachael King Black Swan, $27.99, ISBN 1869417941 Davey Darling Paul Shannon Penguin, $28.00, ISBN 0143020773 Weeping Waters Anne Maria Nicholson HarperCollins, $34.00, ISBN 1869506170 Four debut…
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The back of beyond, Kim Griggs

Mustn’t Grumble: An Accidental Return to England Joe Bennett HarperCollins, $34.99, ISBN 07432376272 First Pass Under Heaven Nathan Hoturoa Gray Penguin, $29.95, ISBN 0143020676 You Must Die Once Ian D Robinson HarperCollins, $29.99, ISBN 1869505468 If you’d asked me a…
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Posted in Memoir, Non-fiction, Review

Strange worlds, Heather Murray

Song of the Brakeman Bill Direen Titus Books, $29.95, ISBN 0958258678 The Assassin of Gleam James Norcliffe Hazard Press, $29.99, ISBN1877270997 Departure Lounge Chad Taylor Jonathan Cape, $34.99, ISBN 9780224075047 Southern Style Craig Marriner Vintage, $27.99, ISBN 1869417100 It never…
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Crack in the consensus, Tim Hazledine

The Democracy Sham: How Globalisation Devalues Your Vote Bryan Gould Craig Potton Publishing, $29.99, ISBN 1877333506 “Nobody told us we could do that!” So said the Fabian Sidney Webb in 1931 when the new National government of which he was…
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Committed and convicted, Anne Else

To Cry Inside: Love, Death and Prison Lesley Martin Penguin, $29.95, ISBN 0143020382 “You are best to read To Die Like a Dog first”, writes Lesley Martin, introducing To Cry Inside. So I did. Written as a film script, the…
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Ripping yarns, Stevan Eldred-Grigg

Fatal Frontiers: A New History of New Zealand in the Decade Before the Treaty Paul Moon Penguin Books, $39.95, ISBN 0143020595 “New Zealand was undergoing an identity crisis in the 1830s,” writes Paul Moon on the first page of his…
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Posted in History, Māori, Non-fiction, Review

Lives of nouns and adjectives, Gordon McLauchlan

A Fish in the Swim of the World  Ben Brown Longacre, $34.99, ISBN 1877361410 Family Silver  Richard Shallcrass Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864735332 Something for the Birds  Jacqueline Fahey Auckland University Press, $39.99, ISBN 186940355X Terra Incognito  Douglas Wright…
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Posted in Memoir, Non-fiction, Review

Cautionary tale, Linda Clark; Party-going, Raymond Miller

The Hollow Men: A Study in the Politics of Deception Nicky Hager Craig Potton Publishing, $34.99, ISBN 187733362X According to the rhetoric, the author of The Hollow Men is one of two things. Either he is an outstanding investigative journalist…
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An eye on Cambodia, Margot Schwass

A Certain Grace Anthony Maturin Anthony Maturin, $70.00, ISBN 109995082705, Instead of teaching in a dirt-floored classroom or hacking through the jungle, today’s VSA volunteer is just as likely to be an office-bound small-business advisor or a human resources trainer…
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The Jones effect, Patrick Evans

Mister Pip Lloyd Jones Penguin, $35.00, ISBN 9780143020899 Lloyd Jones is the man who wrote a book about a child molester, and no one noticed – what better proof do we need that journalists don’t really read fiction? And yet…
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