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Lucky to survive, Nicholas Butler

Greece Crete Stalag Dachau: A New Zealand Soldier’s Encounters with Hitler’s Army Jack Elworthy Awa Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781927249123 The Lost Pilot: A Memoir Jeffrey Paparoa Holman Penguin, $40.00, ISBN 9780143568766   There is a void at the heart of…
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Chimes of conviction, David Hill

How Does it Hurt? Stephanie de Montalk Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9780864739698 What Lies Beneath: A Memoir Elspeth Sandys Otago University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9781877578892 Give Us This Day: A Memoir of Family and Exile Helena Wiśniewska Brow Victoria…
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Poem – Jan FitzGerald

The joy gatherers  (more…)
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At the whim of larger, terrifying forces, Angelina Sbroma

The Deadly Sky David Hill Puffin, $20.00, ISBN 9780143308157 The Red Suitcase Jill Harris Mākaro Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780994106902 Spark Rachael Craw Walker, $22.00, ISBN 9781922179623 David Hill’s The Deadly Sky is set in 1974, when the nuclear proliferation of…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review, Young adults

Boys’ own adventures, Tina Shaw

Singing Home the Whale Mandy Hager Random House, $20.00, ISBN 9781775536574 Magic and Makutu David Hair HarperCollins, $25.00, ISBN 9781869509330 If these two titles are anything to go by, New Zealand young adult fiction is in good shape. These are…
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Gee-whizz, Roger Robinson

Maurice Gee: A Literary Companion: Fiction for Young Readers Elizabeth Hale (ed) Otago University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9781877578847 Maurice Gee published Under the Mountain in 1979. It was a success in print and on TV, but for some years it…
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Posted in Literature, Non-fiction, Review

Town and country, Brian Easton

Growing Apart: Regional Prosperity in New Zealand Shamubeel Eaqub Bridget Williams Books, $15.00, ISBN 9781927277614 When the Farm Gates Opened: The Impact of Rogernomics on Rural New Zealand Neal Wallace Otago University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781877578724 In the last hundred…
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Posted in Economics, Non-fiction, Review

Brave new worlds, Ian Lochhead

Vertical Living: The Architectural Centre and the Remaking of Wellington Julia Gatley and Paul Walker Auckland University Press, $60.00, ISBN 9781869408152 The very notion of so rapid and wholesale a change to a city’s fabric … is a high-risk undertaking,…
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Posted in Architecture, Non-fiction, Review

New waters, Emma Martin

Reach Laurence Fearnley Penguin, $38.00, ISBN 9780143571728 Novels about art sometimes also seem to be novels about novels. Laurence Fearnley’s latest work, Reach, not only explores the relationship between life and creative expression but also, in a sense, enacts it.…
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Beyond beige, John Newton

A Rainbow Reader Tessa Laird Clouds, $25.00, ISBN 9780987659378 Plato, I learned recently from the wonderful Maggie Nelson (Bluets, 2009), wanted to banish not just the poets from his republic but also the painters. They were “mixers and grinders of…
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Posted in Art, History, Non-fiction, Review
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