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A magical innings, Harry Ricketts

The Last Everyday Hero: The Bert Sutcliffe Story Richard Boock Longacre, $39.99, ISBN 9781877460555   Cricket addicts like myself love games like “Who was the greatest New Zealand batsman?” Most shortlists usually boil down to Martin Donnelly, Bert Sutcliffe, Glenn…
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Poem – Jill Harris

Weather map To the staff at Longacre Press Karen takes us from top to bottom and back again. White spaghetti slides around the screen, blue and pink lines with little peaks and bumps disport themselves. Cloud over Wellington the sun…
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What a bind! Joan Rosier-Jones

Joan Rosier-Jones agonises over Coptic bookbinding. A student of mine once wrote a delightful story called “The Capsicum Conspiracy” for his daughter’s ninth birthday. His wife went on the internet and learned how to bind it into a book, and…
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Last words, Louise O’Brien

Stunning Debut of the Repairing of a Life Leigh Davis Otago University Press, $39.95, ISBN 9781877578002   In 2008, Leigh Davis (1955-2009) underwent radio-therapy treatment following surgery for a brain tumour which directly affected his ability to express himself in…
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Time-capsule poems, Sarah Jane Barnett

Steal Away Boy: Selected Poems of David Mitchell Martin Edmond and Nigel Roberts (eds) Auckland University Press, $34.99, ISBN 9781869404598   In the 1970s David Mitchell was the poet everyone wanted to be. A self-possessed and talented hipster, Mitchell’s best-selling…
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Ongoing negotiations, Alison Gray

Honouring the Contract John E Martin Victoria University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9780864736345   In his new book, John Martin takes a step back in his exploration of the genesis and nature of the role of government in New Zealand labour…
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A fair portrait, Max Oettli

Brian Brake: Lens on the World Athol McCredie (ed) Te Papa Press, $99.99, ISBN 9781877385643   This is a remarkable book, beautifully produced and meticulously researched to give a careful and fair portrait of the one landmark international photographer this…
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Monumental and graphic, Mary Macpherson

Alan Miller: New Zealand Photographs Alan Miller Anglesea House, $70.00, ISBN 9780473157739   In the 21st century New Zealand photography has acquired quite a history, some of which is currently on display in our bookshops. One driver is the photographers…
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Science ε = –dø/dt, Peter Calder

North Pole, South Pole: The Epic Quest to Solve the Great Mystery of Earth’s Magnetism Gillian Turner Awa Press, $40.00, ISBN 9780958275002   Consider this passage about magnetism: Cooling basalts, it turns out, contain small crystals of iron-oxide compounds ……
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History made and re-made, Bronwyn Dalley

Stories without End: Essays 1975-2010 Judith Binney Bridget Williams Books, $49.99, ISBN 9781877242472   Since reading Stories without End, a collection of Judith Binney’s essays, I’ve been talking with  fellow historians about the collected works of other New Zealand historians.…
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