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Dress sense and sensibility, Jane Westaway

The Dress Circle: New Zealand Fashion Design Since 1940  Lucy Hammonds, Douglas Lloyd Jenkins and Claire Regnault Godwit, $75.00, ISBN 9781869621810   New Zealand Fashion Design Angela Lassig Te Papa Press, $120.00, ISBN 9781877385377   Fashion can signify everything from…
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Reaping what you sow, James Beattie

A History of Gardening in New Zealand Bee Dawson Godwit, $49.99, ISBN 9781869621568   Published on glossy paper with quality full-colour images, A History of Gardening in New Zealand is a most attractive book. Bee Dawson provides a whistle-stop overview…
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Collecting and restoring, John Horrocks

Where Your Left Hand Rests Fiona Kidman Godwit, $29.00, ISBN 9781869621773   As Fiona Kidman points out herself, it is half a lifetime ago since her first book of poems, Honey and Bitters, was published in 1975. Her new collection…
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Virtually naive, Hamish Clayton

Dick Frizzell: The Painter Dick Frizzell Godwit, $75.00; ISBN 9781869621742 It’s funny how an established artist’s moment can seem to arrive suddenly second time around with an exceptionally appealing – almost unbelievable – narrative logic. After the remarkable debut and…
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Not just good friends, Bill Hastings

Mates and Lovers: A History of Gay New Zealand Chris Brickell  Godwit, $49.99, ISBN 9781869621346 This review comes to you from the backwoods of Ontario. It is a crisp autumn evening. I write this in front of a fire in…
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Posted in Gender, History, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Hinterlands, Mary Macpherson

Fiat Lux: 51 Photographs Andrew Ross Victoria University Press, $50.00,  ISBN 9780864735737 Hinterland: Rick Alexander’s New Zealand Photographs Rick Alexander First Edition, $75.00, ISBN 9780475123703 A Short History of Photography Harvey Benge with Gerry Badger Godwit, $44.99, ISBN 9781869621445 Even…
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Zero waste, Martin Edmond

Into the Wider World: A Back Country Miscellany Brian Turner Godwit, $44.99, ISBN 9781869621421 Near the beginning of the seventh of the 34 essays in this book, the 16-year-old Brian Turner, full of teenage angst and contemplating suicide, is sitting…
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Not getting it, Christina Barton

The Big Picture: A History of New Zealand Art from 1642 Hamish Keith Godwit, $49.99, ISBN 9781869621322 I have thought for a long time that a series on the history of art in New Zealand would make for good television…
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Neither here nor there, Jane Westaway

Here Comes Another Vital Moment Diane Brown Godwit, $25.00, ISBN 1869621190 News of the Swimmer Reaches Shore      Gregory O’Brien Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 0864735324 Luca Antara: Passages in Search of Australia Martin Edmond Addenda, $44.95, ISBN 1921037083 According to…
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Where’s Colin? Roger Blackley

Landscape Paintings of New Zealand: A Journey from North to South Christopher Johnstone Godwit, $69.99, ISBN 186921247 Christopher Johnstone begins his survey of New Zealand landscape paintings in the 1860s, the period when an exhibiting culture emerged to support amateurs,…
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