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Chalk and cheese William Brandt

The Many Deaths of Mary Dobie: Murder, Politics and Revenge in Nineteenth-century New Zealand David Hastings Auckland University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781869408374 The Scene of the Crime: Twelve Extraordinary True Stories of Crime and Punishment Steve Braunias HarperCollins, $37.00, ISBN…
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Auckland’s newspaper wars, Grant Hannis

Extra! Extra! How the People Made the News David Hastings Auckland University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781869407384 Histories of New Zealand newspapers are usually boring. I’m sure anyone who’s tried to read Guy Scholefield’s 1958 history of New Zealand newspapers has…
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The voyage out, Deborah Montgomerie

Over the Mountains of the Sea: Life on Migrant Ships, 1870-1885 David Hastings Auckland University Press, $49.95, ISBN 1869403754 When I was an undergraduate, one of the perennial questions examiners asked in the first-year course in 19th century New Zealand…
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