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Non-fiction Children of Rogernomics: A Neoliberal Generation Leaves School, Karen Nairn, Jane Higgins and Judith Sligo, Otago University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781877578182 A four-year study of 93 young people reaching adulthood in the wake of Rogernomics. What they have to

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I will do my best to be helpful, Ann Mallinson

Ann Mallinson shares a letter she received 20 years ago. Margaret Mahy was, among many other things, an ideas person. She loved discussing ideas, and those of us who were lucky enough to have her accept an invitation to stay

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Captaining your soul, David Hill

The Ant and the Ferrari Kerry Spackman HarperCollins, $40.00, ISBN 9781869509590 Fate and Philosophy Jim Flynn Awa Press, $33.00, ISBN 9781877551321 Half a century ago, C P Snow famously fulminated in The Two Cultures against arty-farty types condescending to physicists

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Hedging digital bets, Donald Kerr

Donald Kerr, head of Special Collections at the University of Otago library, assesses the survival of such collections in the digital age. Throughout the country, there are many institutions that contain a diverse range of collections, each containing a myriad

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Curiosa and curiosa, Dale Williams

The Owl That Fell from the Sky: Stories of a Museum Curator  Brian Gill Awa Press, $35.00, ISBN 9781877551130 Stag Spooner: Wild Man from the Bush  Chris Maclean  Craig Potton Publishing, $50.00,  ISBN 9781877517686 The Indescribable Beauty: Letters Home to

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What we make of it, Penelope Todd

E-publisher Penelope Todd foresees a complementary future for print and digital. When an invention appears that radically threatens our comfortable habits and suppositions, our instinct is to clutch at the old and mistrust the new. We like our books: the

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Tickling the ivories, Edmund Bohan

Piano Forte: Stories and Soundscapes from Colonial New Zealand  Kirstine Moffat  Otago University Press, $45.00,  ISBN 978187737797 What a welcome book this is. Music has been neglected shamefully for far too long in our historiography, either because most of our

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Green thoughts in green shades, Hugh Roberts

The Truth Garden Emma Neale Otago University Press, $30.00,  ISBN 9781877578250 The Bengal Engine’s Mango Afterglow Geoff Cochrane Victoria University Press, $25.00,  ISBN 9780864737618 Warm Auditorium James Brown Victoria University Press, $28.00,  ISBN 9780864737649 From Manoa to a Ponsonby Garden

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