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Balancing the probabilities, Christopher Pugsley

Hit and Run: The New Zealand SAS in Afghanistan and the Meaning of Honour Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson Potton and Burton, $35.00, ISBN 9780947503390 “What is it that we don’t understand? We’re going to lose this fucking war if…
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Cliquety-clique? David Hill

Twice Upon a Time James Norcliffe Puffin NZ, $17.00, ISBN 9780143770671 Into the White Joanna Grochowicz Allen and Unwin, $19.00, ISBN 9781760293659 Taupo Blows! Doug Wilson Bateman, $19.00, ISBN 9781869539672 Those accusations from a few months back – the ones…
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Posted in Children, Fiction, Literature, Review

Infectious enjoyment, Fleur Adcock

Night Burns with a White Fire: The Essential Lauris Edmond Frances Edmond and Sue Fitchett (eds) Steele Roberts, $35.00, ISBN 9780947493448 This enjoyable anthology doesn’t pretend to be anything but an act of loving homage; as the editors admit, they…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Who is Sam? Phillip Mann

Star Sailors James McNaughton Victoria University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9781776561018 This book is not science fiction; it is science fact. Global warming, unless controlled, will create an uninhabitable world. The threat is real: it is here, it is now and…
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Kelp triffids, zombie chickens and taniwha, Annabel Gooder

Speculative fiction At the Edge Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray (eds) Paper Road Press, $31.50, ISBN 9780473354152 At the Edge is an original anthology of speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy and horror) stories by New Zealand and Australian authors. The…
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A prime ministerial primer, Simon Upton

New Zealand’s Prime Ministers: From Dick Seddon to John Key Michael Bassett David Ling Publishing, $50.00, ISBN 9781927305294 New Zealand’s Prime Ministers is a very large volume. It is also an extremely ambitious one that is challenging as a through-read.…
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A place on my bookshelf, Helen Anderson

Disobedient Teaching: Surviving and Creating Change in Education Welby Ings Otago University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9781927322666 One of the marvellous inventions found in my favourite libraries is the software that locates the book you are looking for and shows you…
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Posted in Education, Non-fiction, Review

Courting controversy, Emma Martin

Fiction The Suicide Club Sarah Quigley Vintage, $38.00, ISBN 9780143771012 Midway through Sarah Quigley’s The Suicide Club, Lace, one of its three troubled young protagonists, recalls a story told to her by her father, a celebrated film-maker who, along with…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review

Letters – Issue 119

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Fiasco, Jon Johansson

Hit and Run: The New Zealand SAS in Afghanistan and the Meaning of Honour Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson Potton & Burton, $35.00, ISBN 9780947503390 As someone who has been around the political traps a fair while, my heuristic for…
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Posted in Media, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology
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