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Words uncaged, Tim Upperton

How to Defeat the Philistines David Beach David Beach, $25.00, ISBN 9780473426163 Winter Eyes Harry Ricketts Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781776561872 A Fine Morning at Passchendaele Kevin Ireland Steele Roberts, $25.00, ISBN 9780947493677 Poetic forms are a bit like…
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Local colour

As you can see, Issue 119 of New Zealand Books Pukapuka Aotearoa comes to you in an exciting, new version, slightly smaller in size, but with eight more pages, and in colour throughout. We hope you like the results as…
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Wrenching love, Harry Ricketts

Boundaries: People and Places of Central Otago Brian Turner (Steve Calveley photographer) Godwit, $45.00, ISBN 9781775538318 Early in this composite prose-poetry miscellany about Central Otago, Brian Turner quotes with approval from the English poet Edward Thomas’s “The Mountain Chapel”: “When…
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Reeling them in

Editorial It’s been a year since Peppercorn Press and New Zealand Books Pukapuka Aotearoa launched Hooked on NZ Books, www.hookedonbooks.org.nz, a website designed to encourage, nurture and publish young reviewers reading New Zealand books. During our first year, Hooked on…
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Issue 115 — Editorial

Taking it personally Recent conversations about the state of reviewing in New Zealand have been dominated by demands, sometimes pleas, that reviewers be brave and honest. Of course. We, too, at New Zealand Books Pukapuka Aotearoa look for bravery and…
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Mingling the sacred and the profane, Martin Edmond

The Penguin Book of New Zealand War Writing Harry Ricketts and Gavin McLean (eds) Penguin Books, $65.00, ISBN 9780143573098 Oddly enough – or perhaps not – when this book arrived at my door I remembered one of the more arcane…
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Editorial — Issue 110

Obligatory piety We don’t know whether, like us, others are feeling a certain uneasiness at the direction the WWI/Anzac centenary commemorations (often celebrations) are taking. That the platoons of books regularly pouring off the presses, here and overseas, that the…
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On men of a certain age, John Horrocks

The Conch Trumpet David Eggleton Otago University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781877578939 Wonky Optics Geoff Cochrane Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780864739810 Half Dark Harry Ricketts Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780864739841 Feeding the Birds Kevin Ireland Steele Roberts, $20.00, ISBN…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

eSensual readings, Murray Bramwell

Essential New Zealand Poems: Facing the Empty Page Siobhan Harvey, James Norcliffe and Harry Ricketts (eds) Godwit, $45.00, ISBN 9781775534594 So what makes poems essential? In their introduction to this most appealing collection, the three editors mull over the problem…
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Yesterday today, Glyn Harper

How We Remember: New Zealanders and the First World War Charles Ferrall and Harry Ricketts (eds) Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9780864739353 With the centenary of WWI now upon us, a flood of books on New Zealand’s role in that…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Sociology, War
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