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More spills than thrills, Bernard Carpinter

The Wastings Don Donovan Hazard Press, $24.95, ISBN 1 877161 52 7 Don Donovan’s The Wastings could be read as a savage satire on the evils of the right-wing economic theories that have bedevilled this country over the last 15…
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A bit of rough, Julia Millen

A Life in Loose Strides: the story of Barry Crump  Colin Hogg Hodder Moa Beckett, $34.95, ISBN 1869588223   For 40 years his name has been identified with the quintessential Kiwi male: resilient, adventurous, self-sufficient, laconic, handy with rifle and…
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Clayton’s books? Denis Welch

America on Five Bullets a Day Raybon Kan Hodder Moa Beckett, $29.95, ISBN 1 86958 656 5 Just Walking the Dogs Joe Bennett Hazard Press, $16.95, ISBN 1 877161 49 7 Yin and Tonic Renée Random House, $29.95, ISBN 1…
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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 weakness outside the off stump, Harry Ricketts

Stirred But Not Shaken Geoff Howarth Hodder Moa Beckett $44.95 ISBN 1 86958 685 9 Lifting the Covers Glenn Turner Longacre Press $39.95 ISBN 1 877135 19 4 Mark Twain once remarked that in autobiography “it is impossible for a…
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Being there, David Kirk

Change of Hart Paul Thomas Hodder Moa Beckett, $44.95 ISBN 1 86958 571 2 John Hart’s second book in four years, Change of Hart, had a hard act to follow. His first book, Straight from the Hart, written when he…
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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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