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Because it’s still there, Geoff Chapple

Everest – Summit of Achievement Stephen Venables Allen & Unwin, $79.95, ISBN 1741140668 Everest – 50 Years on Top of the World George Band Collins, $49.95, ISBN 0007147481 High Adventure: Our Ascent of Everest Sir Edmund Hillary Allen & Unwin,…
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Posted in Autobiography, Biography, Children, History, Memoir, Non-fiction, Review

A slimming diet, Rose Lovell-Smith

Scarface and the Angel William Taylor Longacre Press, $14.95, ISBN 1877135445 Afterwards  David Hill Mallinson Rendel, $14.95, ISBN 090878354X Twenty-Four Hours Margaret Mahy Collins, $16.95, ISBN 0007113722 Leon Frances Cherry Mallinson Rendel, $14.95, ISBN 0908783582 Here’s a batch of four…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review, Young adults

Mything the point, Piet de Jong

The Cross-Leased Chardonnay Cellphone Paradise John Ruck Collins, $24.95 ISBN 1869502000 Hey, hey, hey — a 90’s sequel to Austin Mitchell’s Half Gallon, Quarter Acre Pavlova Paradise. I wave the attractive cover around the office and people laugh at the…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Unacknowledged legislators, Diane Hebley

Zigzag William Taylor (ed), Penguin, $19.95 Slide the Corner Fleur Beale, Ashton Scholastic Take Me to Your Leaders Gaelyn Gordon, Tui Harper/Collins, $14.95 Those who support New Zealand literature for children and young adults have always claimed the justification for…
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Posted in Children, Fiction, Literature, Review, Young adults

Overcoming entomo‑ignorance, Dale Williams

A Houseful of Strangers Patrick Dale, Collins, $19.95 (139 pp) Insects’ lib – the author attempts to defend the smaller occupants of our home environment against what Ruud Kleinpaste calls ‘entomo‑ignorance’. Subtitled ‘Living with the common creatures of the New…
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Posted in Māori, Natural History, Non-fiction, Review

Maritime and general short reviews, Gavin McLean

Waitemata Ferry Tales Sally Fodie, Collins, Auckland, 1991, $19.95 Sally Fodie was the first woman master of an Auckland harbour ferry. Waitemata Ferry Tales, her short collection of nautical anecdotes, shows that it was not easy to elbow her way…
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Posted in Health, Māori, Memoir, Natural History, Non-fiction, Sociology

Julia Williams: Visual stimulation in the garden

Garden Design and Style: the essence of the garden Trisha Dixon, Collins, Auckland, 1991, $49.95 Garden Design and Style sets the tone of the book with an eye-catching cover and a preface that states quite honestly: it is ‘intended as…
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