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Feathers and fins, Janet Hunt

Kakapo: Rescued from the Brink of Extinction Alison Ballance Craig Potton Publishing, $49.99, ISBN 9781877517273 The Tasman: Biography of an Ocean Neville Peat Penguin Books, $62.00, ISBN 9780143011385   Time was when “non-fiction” meant staid, largely black-and-white books on a…
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Posted in Natural History, Non-fiction, Review

Map of a vision, Liv Macassey

The Past Awaits: People, Film, Images Vincent Ward Craig Potton Publishing, $69.99, ISBN 9781877517310   The Past Awaits joins a number of recent pictorial books on aspects of Aotearoa New Zealand cinema, such as Ian Brodie’s A Journey Through New…
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Posted in Media, Non-fiction, Review

Withholding and unfolding, Ashleigh Young

Mune: An Autobiography Ian Mune Craig Potton Publishing, $49.99, ISBN 9781877517334 Navigation: A Memoir  Joy Cowley Penguin Books, $45.00, ISBN 9780143205715 Searching for Grace: A Woman’s Quest for her True Identity   Carol Henderson and Heather Tovey Steele Roberts, $39.99, ISBN…
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Posted in Autobiography, Memoir, Non-fiction, Review

Never the whole truth, Spiro Zavos

Truth: The Rise and Fall of the People’s Paper Redmer Yska Craig Potton Publishing, $49.99, ISBN 9781877517303   During most of 1979 I lived with my family in Menton, in the south of France, trying to write the Great New…
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Posted in History, Media, Non-fiction, Review

Cons and rebels, Paul Morris

The Prophet and the Policeman Mark Derby Craig Potton, $39.99, ISBN 9781877517112 The English word “prophet” can mislead us, even if its Maori version emphasises the biblical legacy of seers and seekers of justice who spoke in the name of…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review

Building on bones, Eric Medcalf

No Other Home Than This John Andrews Craig Potton Publishing, $49.99, ISBN 9781877517082 John Andrews must be a very curious man. This is a book that reflects a life of curiosity, of love for his profession, his humanity and his…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review

Man alone with his words, Ashleigh Young

Backroads: Charting a Poet’s Life Sam Hunt Craig Potton Publishing, $49.99, ISBN 9781877517051 Hunt didn’t sit down at his typewriter to write this book. He sat down with his publisher and started rambling. Presented here is a one-sided transcript of…
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Poets for the ear, Hugh Roberts

James K Baxter: Poems  Sam Hunt (ed)  Auckland University Press, $29.99,  ISBN 9781869404345 Doubtless: New and Selected Poems  Sam Hunt Craig Potton Publishing, $29.99, ISBN 9781877333811 Googling the phrase “New Zealand’s greatest poet” finds hits evenly divided between James K…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Assessing the New Zealand experiment, Allan Catt

Rescuing the New Zealand Economy: What Went Wrong and How We Can Fix it Bryan Gould Craig Potton Publishing, $29.99,  ISBN 9781877333798 Rescuing the New Zealand Economy describes, in a very readable way, the why and how of the New…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review

Slow exposure, Alan Knowles

Into the Light: A History of New Zealand Photography David Eggleton Craig Potton Publishing, $59.99, ISBN 1877333549 A history of New Zealand through photography: at long last the poor cousin of art and literature has crawled out from the black…
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