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Making it and making it up, C K Stead

Life as a Novel – A Biography of Maurice Shadbolt, Volume I, 1932-1973 Philip Temple David Ling, $45.00, ISBN 9781927305447 Recently, I have been writing an autobiography and consequently hunting out old letters. One I found, written to Kay from…
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“Bastards I have sailed with” Gavin McLean

Where Giants Dwell: a Sailor’s Tale Gerry Evans David Ling, $34.95, ISBN 0 908990 60 X In just three decades, first the container/bulk cargo handling revolution and then the Employment Contracts Act have virtually gutted the once mighty maritime unions.…
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Posted in Memoir, Non-fiction, Review

Too many toppings, Ruth Nichol

Human Remains Denis Welch David Ling, $29.95, ISBN 0 908990 65 0 I know, I know – Andrea Porter would never have got through to Allen Terrill on his cellphone. It would have been switched off or out of range,…
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Good (wo)men wanted Susan Budd

Floating Lines Denis Baker David Ling, $24.95, ISBN 0908990685 Four Ways to be a Woman Sue Reidy Black Swan, $24.95, ISBN 0552996971   Denis Baker’s first collection of short stories and Sue Reidy’s second novel both examine the roles into…
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Life stories from the edge, Ralph Crane

From the Edge of the Sky: A Memoir Maurice Shadbolt David Ling, $29.95, ISBN 0 908990 59 6 An Albatross Too Many James McNeish David Ling, $24.95, ISBN 0 908990 55 3 When in 1993 I enthusiastically reviewed Maurice Shadbolt’s…
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Posted in Autobiography, Non-fiction, Review

Out of the time-capsule, Ian Richards

The Big Room and Other Stories O E Middleton Steele Roberts, $24.95, ISBN 1 877 22804 4 Selected Stories Maurice Shadbolt David Ling, $29.95, ISBN 0 908 99056 1 These are collections of short stories by two of the old…
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Posted in Literature, Review, Short stories

The pommie twit and the puppetmaster, Tom Brooking

Hobson Governor of New Zealand 1840–42 Paul Moon David Ling, $49.95, ISBN 0 90899 054 5 To Be A Hero: A Biography of Sir George Grey, 1812–1898 Edmund Bohan HarperCollins, $49.95, ISBN 1 86950 279 5 It is hard to…
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Posted in Biography, History, Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review

Public postures, private lives, Erik Olssen

Waiting for the Revolution James Edwards David Ling, $24.95, ISBN 0 908990 51 0 Never a White Flag: The Memoirs of Jock Barnes   ed Tom Bramble Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0 86374 344 5 When I was an undergraduate…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review

Beyond the line of duty, Les Cleveland

Kippenberger: An Inspired New Zealand Commander Glyn Harper Harper Collins $49.95 ISBN 1 86950 255 8 Jack Hinton VC: A Man Among Men Gabrielle McDonald David Ling $24.95 ISBN 0 908990 43 X Glyn Harper’s study of Major-General Sir Howard…
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Posted in Biography, History, Non-fiction, Review, War

New Zealand’s Van Gogh? Kirsty Farquharson

Colin McCahon: The Man and the Teacher Agnes Wood David Ling $39.95 ISBN 0 908990456 Most of us have had a teacher at some stage of our lives who has inspired us and whom we have worshipped to some degree.…
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