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Off the map, Tim Beaglehole

The Merchant of the Zeehaen: Isaac Gilsemans and the voyages of Abel Tasman Grahame Anderson Te Papa Press, published in association with the Royal Netherlands Embassy and the New Zealand-Netherlands Foundation (Inc), $49.95, ISBN 0909010757 The origins of this fascinating…
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Posted in Health, Non-fiction, Review

Out of the picture, Lydia Wevers

Lady Travellers: The Tourists of Early New Zealand  Bee Dawson Penguin Books, $39.95, ISBN 0141004150 Lady Travellers is a successor to Bee Dawson’s Lady Painters, which appeared in 1999, and makes me wonder if there’s a series planned – Lady…
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Posted in Gender, History, Non-fiction, Review

Thinly sliced, Rebecca Lovell-Smith

the honey suckers Victoria McHalick HarperCollins, $24.95, ISBN 1869503805 Extreme Weather Events Tim Jones HeadworX, $19.95, ISBN 0473073870 These are slight books, two debut collections of New Zealand short fiction which, sandwiched between heavier weightier tomes, would scarcely be noticed.…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review, Short stories

Good sex and elegant science, Peter Hawes

Kokopu Dreams  Chris Baker Huia, $24.95, ISBN 1877266310 First Hunter: Spirit Shinto  Dale Elvy HarperCollins, $19.95, ISBN 1869503899 The Army of Five Men, Volume One  Shaun Hick HarperCollins, $19.95, ISBN 1869503848 Counterpart  Mike Johnson HarperCollins, $19.95, ISBN 1869503856 Hollywood once…
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Whose story is it, anyway? Kirstie Archer

The Fox Boy: The Story of an Abducted Child Peter Walker Bloomsbury, $29.95, ISBN 0747556466 Browsing in a Wellington bookshop, it was with delight  that I picked up a copy of The Fox Boy. Here appeared to be a book…
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Posted in History, Memoir, Non-fiction, Review

On the open shelves, Barbara Murison

Jolt   Bernard Beckett Longacre Press, $16.95, ISBN 187713550X Tiggie Tompson All at Sea   Tessa Duder Penguin, $15.95, ISBN 0141313234 The Name of the Game David Hill Mallinson Rendel, $15.95, ISBN 0908783639 I opened my parcel of titles for review with…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review, Young adults

Driven to grizzling, Dale Williams

The Cars We Loved John McCrystal Penguin, $36.95, ISBN 01401004517 Killing Us Softly: The Kiwi Culture of Complaint John Bluck Shoal Bay Press, $24.95, ISBN 1877251100 Kiwiana! The Sequel Richard Wolfe and Stephen Barnett Penguin, $49.95, ISBN 0140298770 We seek…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Romancing the colonial, Jane Stafford

Johanna’s World O M Andresen (trans Johan Bonnevie) HarperCollins, $24.95, ISBN 1869503708 Mrs Rochester Warwick Blanchett HarperCollins, $24.95, ISBN 1869503651 Consequences Carol Thomas HarperCollins, $19.95, ISBN 1869503732 The uses of history are manifold and many-faceted. The literary uses of history…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review

Meet the monsters, Tony Simpson

Three Labour Leaders: Nordmeyer, Kirk, Rowling  ed Margaret Clark Dunmore Press, $29.95, ISBN 086469394X Mirrors on the Hill: Reflections on New Zealand’s Political Leaders  Keith Eunson Dunmore Press, $29.95, ISBN 086469385 To the uninitiated, looking in askance from without, politics…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review

Historians for hire, David Grant

Going Public: the Changing Face of New Zealand History ed Bronwyn Dalley and Jock Phillips Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 186940226X If I were an insecure sort of chap, I might be worried about what I actually do for a…
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