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A lot to live up to, Caoilinn Hughes

When Our Jack Went to War  Sandy McKay Longacre, $20.00, ISBN 9781775533092 Brave Company David Hill Puffin, $20.00, ISBN 9780143307570 Speed Freak Fleur Beale Random House, $20.00, ISBN 9781775534709 When Our Jack Went to War is “a fictional story based…
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Cloaks and generic proper nouns, David Hill

A Necklace of Souls R L Stedman HarperCollins, $25.00, ISBN 9781775540069 Ghosts of Parihaka David Hair HarperCollins, $25.00, ISBN 9781869509233 Cattra’s Legacy Anna MacKenzie Longacre, $20.00, ISBN 9781775533184 Phantom of Terawhiti Des Hunt HarperCollins, $20.00, ISBN 9781869509545 Whenever I’m taking…
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From trenches to terrorism, Barbara Else

Marked   Denis Martin Walker Books, $20.00, ISBN 9781921977541 My Brother’s War David Hill Puffin, $15.00, ISBN 9781742532653 Into the River Ted Dawe Mangakino University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780473205089 The Nature of Ash Mandy Hager Random House, $20.00, ISBN 9781869799038 Two…
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Captaining your soul, David Hill

The Ant and the Ferrari Kerry Spackman HarperCollins, $40.00, ISBN 9781869509590 Fate and Philosophy Jim Flynn Awa Press, $33.00, ISBN 9781877551321 Half a century ago, C P Snow famously fulminated in The Two Cultures against arty-farty types condescending to physicists…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Bovver boys

What they wrote A taste of contributor comments over our first 20 years   On New Zealand Books My hope is that New Zealand Books will provide a forum for frank discussion that dares to rise above the suffocating confines…
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Boys will be … David Hill

Little Criminals: The Story of a New Zealand Boys’ Home David Cohen Random House, $39.99, ISBN 9781869790325   Our attitudes towards the welfare of our children seem to lurch between outrage and indifference. When a child is grossly abused or…
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Under certain conditions, David Hill

Hunting Blind Paddy Richardson Penguin Books, $28.00, ISBN 9780143203643 The First Touch of Light Ruth Pettis Penguin Books, $28.00, ISBN 9780143011200 Terry Sturm’s magisterial section on the novel in The Oxford History of New Zealand Literature in English is much…
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Innocence and experience, Saskia Voorendt

The Crossing Mandy Hager Random House, $19.99, ISBN 9781869791506 Blackthorn’s Betrayal Elizabeth Pulford Walker Books, $17.00, ISBN 9781921529030 Bute View Janice Marriott Mallinson Rendel, $18.00, ISBN 9781877423253 Fire on High David Hill Mallinson Rendel, $18.00, ISBN 9781877423321 Mandy Hager’s The…
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Between rocks and hard places, David Hill

The Real McKay Graham Bishop Otago University Press, $45.00,  ISBN 9781877372223 The Amazing World of James Hector  Simon Nathan and Mary Varnham (eds) Awa Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780958275071 The first time I went on a Geological Society field trip, we…
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Where the boys are, Penelope Todd

Whale Pot Bay Des Hunt HarperCollins, $18.99, ISBN 978869507305 The River Runs David Hill Mallinson Rendel, $18.00,  ISBN 9781877423222 Violence 101 Denis Wright Penguin Books, $18.95, ISBN 9780143304036 These three books with male protagonists each cover, to varying extent, bullying,…
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