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How to live in the woods, Don Aimer

Outsiders: Stories from the Fringe of New Zealand Society Gerard Hindmarsh Craig Potton Publishing, $35.00, ISBN 9781877517723 Christchurch Crimes 1850-75: Scandal and Skulduggery in Port and Town Geoffrey W Rice Canterbury University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781927145395 Google maps don’t have…
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A corroded utopia, Don Aimer

Unions in Common Cause: The New Zealand Federation of Labour 1937-88 Peter Franks and Melanie Nolan (eds) Steele Roberts, $39.99, ISBN 9781877577338   Reconstructing New Zealand’s Labour Law: Consensus or Divergence Gordon Anderson Victoria University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9780864736574  …
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Nothing to do with fair play, Don Aimer

Somebody Stole My Game Chris Laidlaw HodderMoa, $39.99, ISBN 9781869711924 The Awa Book of New Zealand Sports Writing Harry Ricketts (ed) Awa Press, $40.00, ISBN 9780958291620 These two books complement each other, and their paths criss-cross. In Somebody Stole My…
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Friction and misunderstanding, Don Aimer

Journeys Towards Progress: Essays of a Geographer on Development and Change in Oceania Ray Watters Victoria University Press, $60.00,  ISBN 9780864735966 Oceania is in the ring of fire: the earth quakes and volcanoes blow as tectonic plates scrape together. It…
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All aboard, Don Aimer

Trainland: How Railways Made New Zealand Neill Atkinson Random House, $39.99, ISBN 9781869419059 I’ve always loved trains. A job in Timaru once in the days of steam had me driving regularly to Oamaru. North of the Waitaki River the main…
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Catching it on the run, Don Aimer

Lake of Coal: The Disappearance of a Mining Township David Cook Craig Potton Publishing and Ramp Press, $49.99, ISBN 1877333522 Once upon a time, under the fluffy Waikato clouds out west of the unlovely Huntly, was a place called Rotowaro…
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Revolution or spectacle, Don Aimer

Revolution: The 1913 Great Strike in New Zealand Melanie Nolan (ed) Canterbury University Press in association with the Trade Union History Project, $34.95, ISBN 1877257400 The track record of revolutions is dismal. Failure, betrayal and despair almost assuredly await you.…
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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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Uppercase craftsmen, Don Aimer

Print and Politics: a History of Trade Unions in the New Zealand Printing Industry 1865-1995 Peter Franks Victoria University Press, $49.95, ISBN 0864734158 I once heard a freezing worker talking about his healthy hatred of the boss and another say…
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