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The uses of memory, Louise O’Brien

Little Moon  Emma Neale Vintage, $24.95, ISBN 1869414756 Little Moon, Emma Neale’s second novel, following the success of Night Swimming in 1998, is an account of the troubled childhood and adolescence of a young woman growing up in New Zealand.…
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Elliptical documentaries, Paola Bilbrough

A Stone Seat and a Shadow Tree Adrienne Jansen Inkweed, $19.95, ISBN 0473072556 The best poems in Adrienne Jansen’s A Stone Seat and a Shadow Tree have a lucid simplicity to them. The most compelling are those about beginnings and…
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Gains and pains, Brian Gaynor

World Famous in New Zealand: How New Zealand’s Leading Firms Became World-Class Competitors Colin Campbell-Hunt et al Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1869402499 The reforms initiated by Sir Roger Douglas in 1984 gave New Zealand businesspeople a wonderful opportunity to…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Review

The courtyard jungle, Kerry Carman

Life (and death) in a Small City Garden Philippa Swan Godwit, $24.95, ISBN 1869620798 In the vast and varied field of literature, gardens and writing are a classic pairing. Well-told stories of personal experience are few and far between, grist…
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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
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