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Tickling history, Jane Stafford

The New Zealand Wars Trilogy: The House of Strife, Monday’s Warriors, Season of the Jew  Maurice Shadbolt David Ling, $99.99, ISBN 0908990995 On August 8 this year, a ceremony was held at Parliament to unveil a plaque to Lieutenant Colonel…
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Family gatherings, Isa Moynihan

Lily’s Cupola Bronwyn Tate University of Otago Press, $29.95, ISBN 1877276596 Bloom Kelly Ana Morey Penguin, $27.95, ISBN 0143018922 Joybird Rosemary Wildblood David Ling, $29.95, ISBN 0998990901 The three-generation novel has always been popular with women writers. Besides Lily’s Cupola,…
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Hobson’s choice, Bryan Gilling

Te Ara Ki Te Tiriti: The Path to the Treaty of Waitangi Paul Moon David Ling, $29.95, ISBN 0908990839 The Treaty of Waitangi often appears to have sprung forth, fully formed, from William Hobson’s pen on 6 February 1840. Many…
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Posted in History, Māori, Non-fiction, Review

Against conformity, Gaylene Preston

Rudi Gopas: A Biography Chris Ronayne David Ling, $49.95, ISBN 0908990820 I was at first reluctant to review this biography of the artist Rudi Gopas. For two crucial formative years, Rudi was my painting teacher, and I am briefly quoted…
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Running from the past, Zoe Prebble

Replacement Girl Ann Beaglehole Tandem Press, $27.95, ISBN 1877178985 On a Distant Island Denis Baker David Ling, $24.95, ISBN 0908990790 Replacement Girl, Ann Beaglehole’s first novel, is a story about memory, and what is not remembered; about belonging and not…
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‘And what happened next?’ Our stories, Nelson Wattie

Dove on the Waters Maurice Shadbolt David Ling Publishing, $39.95, ISBN 0 908990 40 5 In 1959, having just left a provincial home town and moved to the astonishingly big city of Auckland, I was busy trying out various ways…
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Distance and dislocation, Patricia Glensor

Best Friends Elspeth Sandys, David Ling Publishing, $19.95 Dunedin Shena Mackay, Penguin, $19.95 Both of these books deal with distance – within relationships and across time and space – and with dislocation, of various and at times particularly Antipodean kinds.…
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Beach holiday is a convoluted affair, The Monday Book Group

Last Summer Gaelyn Gordon, David Ling Publishing, $24.95 Gaelyn Gordon writes well enough, and this, her third book for adults (she has previously written for children), is a ripping yarn. The simple quality of her writing is perhaps intended as…
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Serving up the ancestors, Harry Ricketts

One of Ben’s Maurice Shadbolt, David Ling Publishing, $44.95 Halfway Round the Harbour Keith Sinclair, Penguin, $29.95   This here biography and ‘reminiscence’ business … is a bit too near the ‘Higher Cannibalism’ to please me. Ancestor-worship is all right…
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