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Mud, blood and misconception, Damien Fenton

First Day of the Somme: The Complete Account of Britain’s Worst-ever Military Disaster  Andrew Macdonald, HarperCollins, $40.00, ISBN 9781775540403 Experience of a Lifetime: People, Personalities and Leaders in the First World War  John Crawford, David Littlewood and James Watson (eds)…
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Memory, mateship and mortality, David Grant

Going South: A Road Trip Through Life Colin Hogg HarperCollins, $35.00, ISBN 9781775540816 The premise of this book is simple. Well-known journalist and influential rock music critic, Colin Hogg, was in deep discussion last year with mates at a birthday…
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Reeling in the years, Bruce Babington

A Life on Film: I’m Taking this Bloody Car to Invercargill! Geoff Murphy HarperCollins, $40.00, ISBN 9781775540793 Okay, there was this guy Murphy back in the 1970s. Somehow, in near impossible conditions, he made three of the foundational feature films…
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Posted in Autobiography, Non-fiction, Review

Chalk and cheese William Brandt

The Many Deaths of Mary Dobie: Murder, Politics and Revenge in Nineteenth-century New Zealand David Hastings Auckland University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781869408374 The Scene of the Crime: Twelve Extraordinary True Stories of Crime and Punishment Steve Braunias HarperCollins, $37.00, ISBN…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review, Sociology

Foreign countries, Kathryn Walls

The Bakehouse Joy Cowley Gecko Press, $20.00, ISBN 978177650072 The Knot Impossible: A Tale of Fontania Barbara Else Gecko Press, $25.00, ISBN 978177650041 The Girl Who Rode the Wind Stacy Gregg HarperCollins, $25.00, ISBN 9780008124304   Joy Cowley’s The Bakehouse…
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Posted in Children, Fiction, Literature, Review

Before and after, Christina Stachurski

Remembering Christchurch: Voices from Decades Past Alison Parr Penguin, $45.00, ISBN 9780143573371 A Villa at the End of the Empire: One Hundred Ways to Read a City Fiona Farrell Vintage, $40.00, ISBN 9781775537519 King Rich Joe Bennett HarperCollins, $37.00, ISBN…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Sociology

Crime wave, Bernard Carpinter

Running Towards Danger Tina Clough Vanguard Press, $30.00, ISBN 97811784650100 Blood, Wine and Chocolate Julie Thomas HarperCollins, $35.00 ISBN 9781775540533 Something Is Rotten Adam Sarafis Echo, $35.00 ISBN 9781760067762 New Zealand crime fiction is booming. The long list for the…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review

Just like on tv, Annabel Cresswell

The Dwarf Who Moved and Other Remarkable Tales from a Life in the Law Peter Williams HarperCollins, $50.00, ISBN 9781775540472 Criminal lawyers love war stories. War stories are great yarns about epic legal disputes, great victories and shocking defeats, where…
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Posted in Memoir, Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review

Boys’ own adventures, Tina Shaw

Singing Home the Whale Mandy Hager Random House, $20.00, ISBN 9781775536574 Magic and Makutu David Hair HarperCollins, $25.00, ISBN 9781869509330 If these two titles are anything to go by, New Zealand young adult fiction is in good shape. These are…
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Outrageous fortune, Chris Bourke 

Gutter Black Dave McArtney HarperCollins ISBN 9781775540397 Hello Sailor were New Zealand’s most convincing rock stars. They acted like pirates, and managed to look menacing and foppish at the same time. It wasn’t a pose; it was a lifestyle. They…
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Posted in History, Memoir, Music, Non-fiction, Review
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