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Intimations of mortality, Michael Hulse

Blame Vermeer Vincent O’Sullivan Victoria University Press, $25.00,  ISBN 9780864735515 The Black River C K Stead  Auckland University Press, $25.00,  ISBN 978869403850 Sol Andrew Johnston Victoria University Press, $25.00,  ISBN 9789864735492 The Ponies Bernadette Hall Victoria University Press, $25.00,  ISBN…
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Confessions of an historical romance virgin, Beryl Fletcher

The Paua Tower Coral Atkinson Black Swan, $27.99, ISBN 1869417623 The Sawdust Makers Jackie Fraser Hazard Press, $34.99, ISBN 187739307X Kitty  Deborah Challinor HarperCollins, $34.99 ISBN 1869506014 First, a confession: I’m an historical romance virgin. This is either a good…
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Opening a vein, Paul Thomas

Down Boy Joe Bennett Hazard Press, $20.00, ISBN 1877393258 Hillsides: The Best of David Hill Mallinson Rendel, $25.00, ISBN 0958262608 The American sportswriter Red Smith, who produced a daily column for 22 consecutive years, reckoned being a columnist was easy:…
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Strange worlds, Heather Murray

Song of the Brakeman Bill Direen Titus Books, $29.95, ISBN 0958258678 The Assassin of Gleam James Norcliffe Hazard Press, $29.99, ISBN1877270997 Departure Lounge Chad Taylor Jonathan Cape, $34.99, ISBN 9780224075047 Southern Style Craig Marriner Vintage, $27.99, ISBN 1869417100 It never…
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In the jaws of Moloch, Les Cleveland

On My Way to the Somme Andrew Macdonald HarperCollins, $35.00, ISBN 11869505549 Galatas 1941 Lynn McConnell Reed, $39.99, ISBN 0790010496 In the Face of the Enemy Glyn Harper and Colin Richardson HarperCollins, $35.99, ISBN 1869505220 The Big Show Alison Parr…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review, War

Not to be sneezed at, Rae Varcoe

Black November: The 1918 Influenza Pandemic in New Zealand Geoffrey W Rice University of Canterbury Press, $39.95, ISBN 1877257354 Survive Bird Flu and Other Disasters Bronwen King Hazard Press, $14.99, ISBN 1877393185 This week’s papers contain news of progress in…
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Lost love, Catharina van Bohemen

Come Yesterday  Sue Emms Hazard Press, $29.99, ISBN 1877270768 The Lie of the Land  Rhonda Bartle Hazard Press, $29.99, ISBN 1877270814 K Road  Ted Dawe Longacre Press, $29.95, ISBN 1877361194 Three second novels by literary latecomers, or writers “d’un certain…
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History’s ghosts, Hugh Roberts

The Dark Lord of Savaiki: Collected Poems Alistair Te Ariki Campbell Hazard Press, $40.00, ISBN 1877393002 Poems 1946-2005 W H Oliver Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864735189 There are few readers now, I imagine, who could guess at more than…
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Salt and vinegar, Penelope Todd

Humming  Rachel McAlpine Hazard Press, $29.99, ISBN 1877270970   The Black Madonna  Tina Shaw Penguin, $28.00, ISBN 0143019880 Two books by New Zealand women: one is a full-immersion Kiwi experience, the other set in Germany and America, and bears no obvious…
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Repackaging the foreign, Giselle Byrnes

Caught Mapping: The Life and Times of New Zealand’s Early Land Surveyors  Janet Holm Hazard Press, $49.99, ISBN 1877270865 In 1849, less than a decade after the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi and the assertion of British sovereignty over…
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