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Becoming heroic, Garth Baker

The Open Side Richie McCaw (with Greg McGee) Hodder Moa, $50.00, ISBN 9781869712761 Valerie: The Autobiography Valerie Adams (with Phil Gifford) Hodder Moa, $50.00, ISBN 9781869712624 Let’s start with the numbers, all big. The initial 60,000 print run of Richie…
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How the ball will bounce, Garth Baker

How to Watch the Rugby World Cup 2011 Spiro Zavos Awa Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781877551093   How timely – a book to help desperate All Black fans get through that most harrowing of experiences, the Rugby World Cup. Despite being…
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Playing the game, Garth Baker

  The Legend of Beau Baxter Ivan Dunn HarperCollins, $36.99, ISBN 9781869508234   A Perfect Gentleman: The Sir Wilson Whineray Story Bob Howitt HarperCollins, $49.99, ISBN 9781869508173   All Blacks Don’t Cry: A Story of Hope John Kirwan Penguin Books,…
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Big schtick, Garth Baker

Antipodes Mark Price Longacre Press, $34.99, ISBN 9781877460364 Twisting Throttle America Mike Hyde HarperCollins, $39.99, ISBN 9781869507473 Sleeping with the Dead Marko Cunningham Random House, $37.99, ISBN 9781869792701 These books cover three different kinds of travel experience – a focus…
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Killing what we love, Garth Baker

Pohutukawa and Rata: New Zealand’s Iron-hearted Trees Philip Simpson Te Papa Press with the Project Crimson Trust, $99.99 (hb), $59.99 (pb), ISBN 1877385131/0909010994 Philip Simpson’s Pohutukawa and Rata follows his earlier homage to cabbage trees. He wrote his popular Dancing…
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Take me there now, Garth Baker

A Tramper’s Journey Mark Pickering Craig Potton Publishing, $29.99, ISBN 1877333174 Ride: The Story of Cycling in New Zealand The Kennett Brothers The Kennett Brothers, $39.95, ISBN 095834907X Just this week, someone I know who cannot bear to be more…
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All credit to the team, Garth Baker

Century in Black: 100 Years of All Black Test Rugby Ron Palenski Hodder Moa Beckett, $69.99, ISBN 1869589378 Heritage: Golden Years of All Black Rugby Paul Verdon Hill-Verdon Publishing, $39.95, ISBN 0958238707 All Black Magic; 100 years of New Zealand…
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