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United they stood, Don Aimer

Black Prince: the biography of Fintan Patrick Walsh Graeme Hunt Penguin, $45.00, ISBN 014301935X The Big Blue: Snapshots of the 1951 Waterfront Lockout ed David Grant Canterbury University Press in association with The Trade Union History Project, $29.99, ISBN 1877257281…
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Hard lines, David Grant

The Crisis in New Zealand Schools Martin Hames Education Forum in Association with Dunmore Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864694105 My initial reaction was that The Crisis in New Zealand schools would be redolent with jargon and full of half-truths and misinformation…
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A bob each way, Jon Gadsby

The Other Side Of The Ditch: A cartoon century in the New Zealand-Australia relationship Ian F Grant Tandem Press, $19.95, ISBN 0958232008 Thoroughbreds, Trainers, Toffs and Tic Tac Men: A Cartoon History of Horse Racing in New Zealand David Grant…
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Odds on, Joseph Romanos

Two Over Three on Goodtime Sugar: The New Zealand TAB turns 50 David Grant Victoria University Press, $49.95, ISBN 0864734018 David Grant’s history of the Totalisator Agency Board should come with a warning: it is not to be approached by…
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Not yet outflanked, David Grant

On the Loose Josh Kronfeld with Brian Turner Longacre Press, $44.95, ISBN 1 877135 30 5 Josh Kronfeld, All Black openside flanker, has always impressed me as an “aw shucks” kind of bloke. There are smiling eyes, a silly grin,…
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Traversing cultural contrasts, David Grant

Winters of Revenge: The Bitter Rivalry Between the All Blacks and the Springboks Spiro Zavos Viking, $29.95, ISBN 0 670 87574 0 Lochore: An Authorised Biography As told to Alex Veysey, Gary Caffell, Ron Palenski Hodder Moa Beckett, HB$44.95, ISBN…
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Low rating, Brian Gaynor

Bulls, Bears and Elephants: A History of the New Zealand Stock Exchange David Grant Victoria University Press, $69.95, ISBN 0 86473 308 9 The stock exchange is an enigma to many. The organisation has a popular image as a wealthy…
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Reliable and comforting benchmark, David Grant

The Game of Our Lives Finlay MacDonald Viking, $39.95, IBSN 0 670 86907 4 For rugby aficionados 1996 has been a remarkable year. In the early part of the season, provincial conglomerates under names more reminiscent of those belonging to…
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Authorised incompleteness, David Grant

Mike Brewer: The Authorised Biography Mike Brewer (with Phil Gifford) Rugby Publishers ISBN 0908630 530 New Zealand blokes are disciples of ritual. Most Saturday afternoons I happily participate in one myself. Following an hour or two chasing a petulant black…
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An institutional story, David Grant

Coal, Class and Community: The United Mineworkers of New Zealand 1880‑1960 Len Richardson Auckland University Press, $39.95 ISBN 1 86940 113 1   Coalmining unionism has a long and tortured history in this country. The industry was first nurtured on…
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