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The willow path to peace, Hamish McDouall

John Wright’s Indian Summers  John Wright with Sharda Ugra and Paul Thomas Hodder Moa Beckett, $49.99, ISBN 9781869710620 In a sport largely populated by talented solipsists, former New Zealand captain John Wright has always stood out within cricket for his…
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Remorse in the stands, Susan Bartel

Jonah: My Story Warren Adler Hodder Moa Beckett, $35.50, ISBN 1869589793 How to Watch a Game of Rugby Spiro Zavos Awa Press, $19.00, ISBN 0958250936 First sentence: “The booing and the jeering of the Wellington crowd rang in my ears.”…
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Over there, Tony Simpson

New Zealand and the Second World War  Ian McGibbon Hodder Moa Beckett, $40.00, ISBN 1869589548 A Fair Sort of Battering: New Zealanders remember the Italian Campaign ed Megan Hutching HarperCollins, $40.00, ISBN 1869505050 The Desert Railway  Brendan Judd Penguin, $29.95,…
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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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Forging on, Roger Blackley

Good as Goldie: the amazing story of New Zealand’s most famous art forger Karl F Sim (C F Goldie) and Tim Wilson Hodder Moa Beckett, $35, ISBN 1869589076   You know me as a forger, but I’ve had more lives…
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Speed reading, Bernard Carpinter

50 Years on Track Sandy Myhre Hodder Moa Beckett, $79.99, ISBN 186958936X Classic Racers – New Zealand’s Grand Prix Greats Eoin Young HarperSports, $34.99, ISBN 1869504607 If you noticed that McLaren cars won the first two Formula One Grands Prix…
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“Who’s this Pinetree?” Chris Laidlaw

The Judas Game: The Betrayal of New Zealand rugby Joseph Romanos Darius Press, $29.95, ISBN 0958240906 Meads Brian Turner Hodder Moa Beckett $49.95, ISBN 1869589173 A little anecdote buried in Joseph Romanos’ latest book The Judas Game: The Betrayal of…
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Like great sex only better, Robert Burgess

Gladiator: The Norm Hewitt Story Michael Laws Darius Press, $29.95, ISBN 0473078252 Loyal: The Todd Blackadder Story  Phil Gifford Hodder Moa Beckett, $44.95, ISBN 1869588924 Head tilted back, eye-balling you. Norm on the front cover, bold and proud. And so…
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An eye on the ball, Graham Mourie

Rights of Passage: Beyond the New Zealand Identity Crisis Chris Laidlaw Hodder Moa  Beckett, $29.95, ISBN 1 86958 723 5 Chris Laidlaw was a quality All Black in the late 1960s, who achieved prominence by firing a Parthian shot at…
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Our very own “Queen of Hearts”, Jane Bowron

Holmes Paul Holmes Hodder Moa Beckett, $44.95, ISBN 1 86958 758 8 There is something to be said for writing your autobiography at the end of your innings. A life recorded by those who have lived to the fullness of…
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