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A shed of one’s own, Neville Bennett

Blokes and Sheds Jim Hopkins (text) & Julie Riley (photography) HarperCollins, $24.95, ISBN 1 86950 278 7 Back Down the Track Barry Crump Hodder Moa Beckett, $39.95, ISBN 1 86958 672 7 To assert “blokes’” values – albeit very mildly…
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Rough justice, Malcolm MacLean

Mene Confessions: Tall Tales from Netball’s Inner Circle Bernice Mene (and Geoff Young) Hodder Moa Beckett, $24.95, ISBN 1869588282   Picture the scene: an exceptionally glum group of public servants in Wellington one Monday morning in October 1999. The reason…
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A greatly enhanced guide, Andy Dennis

The Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand Barrie Heather and Hugh Robertson; illust Derek Onley Viking, $49.95, ISBN 0 670 86911 2 The Book of the Kea Philip Temple Hodder Moa Beckett, $29.95, ISBN 0 340 600039 Wake…
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Traversing cultural contrasts, David Grant

Winters of Revenge: The Bitter Rivalry Between the All Blacks and the Springboks Spiro Zavos Viking, $29.95, ISBN 0 670 87574 0 Lochore: An Authorised Biography As told to Alex Veysey, Gary Caffell, Ron Palenski Hodder Moa Beckett, HB$44.95, ISBN…
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For a laugh, try satire, Neville Bennett

Kiwi Jokers: The Rise and Rise of New Zealand Comedy Matt Elliott HarperCollins, $29.95, ISBN 1 86950 248 5 The Penguin Book of New Zealand Jokes John Barnett & Lesley Kaiser in assn with Brian Schaab Penguin, $19.95, ISBN 0…
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(Not) to the consumer’s taste, Paul White

Wines & Vineyards of New Zealand (1996—fifth edition) Michael Cooper, photos John McDermott Hodder Moa Beckett, $89.95, ISBN 1 86958 297 7 Michael Cooper’s 1997 Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wine Michael Cooper Hodder Moa Beckett, $29.95, ISBN 1 86958…
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Just about everything, Bernard Carpinter

Guerilla Season Paul Thomas Hodder Moa Beckett, $18.95, ISBN 1 8695 8296 9 Murder in Auckland, for book-loving New Zealanders, is much more delicious than killings in New York or Los Angeles. Aucklanders reading Paul Thomas’s crime novels can shiver…
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Not top spinning, Colin James

The Spin Anonymous Hodder Moa Beckett, $29.95, ISBN 1 86958 442 2 Novelists who stray into politics often produce cardboard cutout conspiracies that treat power one-dimensionally. People knowledgeable about politics usually have too diminished an imagination and/or too distorted a…
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Settling the matter, Bill Oliver

Maori Sovereignty: the Maori Perspective Hineani Melbourne Hodder Moa Beckett, $24.95, ISBN 1 86958 208 x Maori Sovereignty: the Pakeha Perspective Carol Archie Hodder Moa Beckett, $24.95, ISBN 186958 209x Return to Sender: what really happened at the fiscal envelope…
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Doing it our way, Bill Southworth

Mass Media in the Pacific ‑ Nuis Bilong Pasifik David Robie (ed) University of Papua New Guinea Press, $29.95 ISBN 9980840528 Foreign Correspondents Liam Jeory and Cameron Bennett Hodder Moa Beckett, $39.95, ISBN 1869582101 As the technological means for gathering…
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