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Dazzling, dizzying cornucopias Stella Ramage

Marcus King: Painting New Zealand for the World Peter Alsop and Warren Feeney Potton & Burton, $80.00, ISBN 9781927213704 Vivid: The Paul Hartigan Story Don Abbott RF Books, $65.00, ISBN 9780473337117 Marcus King and Paul Hartigan belong to that interesting…
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Air-brushed, Nicholas Reid

Helen Clark: Inside Stories Claudia Pond Eyley and Dan Salmon (eds) Auckland University Press, $40.00, ISBN 978186940 8381 She led the parliamentary Labour Party for 15 years and served for nine years as New Zealand’s first elected woman prime minister.…
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Making women visible, Katie Pickles

A History of New Zealand Women Barbara Brookes Bridget Williams Books, $70.00, ISBN 9780908321452 Locating women in history is difficult. New Zealand women are present through the occasional mention in books, official records and newspaper stories but, because they were…
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Ulex europaeus, gorse A hedge right here he spades a hole, digs me in. Such a fine view of the sea across to a peninsula, a marae, the blue smoke and steam curling from the ground. I put down roots…
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Chalk and cheese William Brandt

The Many Deaths of Mary Dobie: Murder, Politics and Revenge in Nineteenth-century New Zealand David Hastings Auckland University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781869408374 The Scene of the Crime: Twelve Extraordinary True Stories of Crime and Punishment Steve Braunias HarperCollins, $37.00, ISBN…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review, Sociology

Rescuing an heroic figure, Jane Westaway

Petals & Bullets: Dorothy Morris, New Zealand Nurse in the Spanish Civil War Mark Derby Potton and Burton, $40.00, ISBN 9781927213766 In the preface to Mark Derby’s new book, Spanish War historian Angela Jackson writes of the challenge in recounting…
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Brutal love, Rachael Imlay

The Bone People Keri Hulme Picador, $25.00, ISBN 9780330485418 The Bone People (originally published in 1984) is a beautiful, complex, and astounding novel of healing, loss, and love. Keri Hulme utilises an unusual style; switching between viewpoints, first and third…
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Bringing the front line home, Sarah Dickson

Evie’s War  Anna MacKenzie Longacre, $20.00, ISBN 9781775537656 Anna Mackenzie’s book gives the reader an insight into WWI through the perspective of Evie, an 18-year-old New Zealander living in England. Shortly after her family arrives there for their tour of…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review, YA Reviewers, Young adults

What’s a New Zealand novel? Sue Esterman

Enemy Camp  David Hill Puffin, $20.00, ISBN 9780143309123 Lullaby Bernard Beckett Text, $26.00, ISBN 9781922182753 Open Your Eyes, Jackson Ryder Rudy Castaneda Lopez Escalator Press, $30.00, ISBN 9780473295691 It has been interesting to read three such different but compelling books.…
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Looking for love, Kirsten McDougall

52 Men  Louise Wareham Leonard Red Hen Press, $36.00, ISBN 97815970999967 I felt deeply sad upon finishing Louise Wareham Leonard’s new book, 52 Men. Its constituent 52 parts tell a story that fits right into our Tinder-times, even though Leonard…
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