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Changed, changed utterly, Diane Comer

Earthquakes & Butterflies Kathleen Gallagher Wickcandle Books, $35.00, ISBN 9780473332327 Kathleen Gallagher’s Earthquakes & Butterflies is a work of profound beauty and healing for all of us who experienced the Christchurch earthquakes, however near or far we were from the…
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Consecrated ground, Ian Lochhead

Historic Churches: A Guide to Over 60 Early New Zealand Churches Linda Burgess (Robert Burgess photographer) Random House, $50.00, ISBN 9781775537335 Worship: A History of New Zealand Church Design Bill McKay (Jane Ussher photographer) Godwit, $85.00, ISBN 9781775538363 One of…
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Posted in Architecture, Non-fiction, Review

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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Unearthing skeletons, John McCrystal

Daughters of Messene Maggie Rainey-Smith Mākaro Press, $35.00, ISBN 9780994117267 Something Else David Parkyn (Sally Griffin illus) Piedog Press, $38.00, ISBN 9780473321505 “There are only two or three human stories,” as Willa Cather once said, “and they go on repeating…
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Love and war, Murray Bramwell

Love as a Stranger Owen Marshall Vintage, $38.00, ISBN 9781775538578 The Antipodeans Greg McGee Upstart Press, $38.00, ISBN 9781927262030 In his captivating new novel, Love as a Stranger, Owen Marshall immediately greets the reader with portents. The epigraph quotes the…
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Walking in the real world, Owen Marshall

Dad Art   Damien Wilkins Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781776560561 Acoustic engineer Michael Stirling is divorced, in contact through a dating site with apparently grieving Chrissie, tending a father in a dementia unit, living in Wellington’s Sanctum Apartments having lost…
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The Sharp end of the stick, Catherine Robertson

Novelist and reviewer Catherine Robertson takes the pulse of local book reviewing “Tame, dull, lazy, cowardly and predictable” is how Iain Sharp described New Zealand’s book reviewers in an opinion piece for website The Spinoff (March 23). He called for…
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Poem – Fiona Roberton

Dad When I go to visit him at 4:30 on a Friday he thinks Sunday and looks into my eyes as if I might know. I don’t. I don’t even know when his dinner time is. We occupy different worlds…
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Of one kind and another, Simon Hay

The Pounamu Prophecy Cindy Williams Rhiza Press, $28.50 ISBN 9781925139457 The Seer’s Wolf Barbara Petrie Bridgidada Press, $33.00 ISBN 9780473318154 Waitapu Helen Margaret Waaka Escalator Press, $30.00 ISBN 9780994118615 Cindy Williams’s romance The Pounamu Prophecy is the story of Helene…
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Tipping points, Sylvan Thomson

First Lady – From Boyhood to Womanhood: The Incredible Story of New Zealand’s Sex-change Pioneer  Liz Roberts with Alison Mau Upstart Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781927262375 Sexual Cultures in Aotearoa New Zealand Education Alexandra C Gunn and Lee A Smith (eds)…
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Posted in Gender, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology
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