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The short story of non-fiction, Tony Simpson

When Famous People Come to Town Damien Wilkins On Kissing Kate Camp On Longing Vincent O’Sullivan Four Winds Press, $14.95 each, ISBN 0958237506; 0958237514; 0958237530 Shortly after these little books, none much longer than 50 pages, were published in September

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The father from hell, Julia Millen

In Endless Fear: a true story Colin Crump Penguin, $34.99, ISBN 014301823X The Crump legend again. This time, a bit of a yarn from Barry’s younger brother Colin, about growing up with the father from hell. Wally Crump should never

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Famous last words, Bill Manhire

  They knew how to die in the old Icelandic sagas. In Grettir’s Saga a man called Atli Asmundarson gets a spear through the stomach. He looks down in surprise, and then – in the middle of a 10th-century wilderness

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A bob each way, Jon Gadsby

The Other Side Of The Ditch: A cartoon century in the New Zealand-Australia relationship Ian F Grant Tandem Press, $19.95, ISBN 0958232008 Thoroughbreds, Trainers, Toffs and Tic Tac Men: A Cartoon History of Horse Racing in New Zealand David Grant

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Posted in History, Media, Non-fiction, Review and Sociology

Muldoon and after, Barry Gustafson

From Muldoon to Lange: New Zealand Elections in the 1980s Stephen Levine and Alan McRobie MC Enterprises, $39.95, ISBN 0959771530 For almost thirty years from 1960, Professor Robert Chapman systematically studied New Zealand’s election campaigns and their outcomes. Since 1990,

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Poem — Bernadette Hall

Choccy Bic   “cut my nails for me will ya, sweet chick,” says Nan “they’re sharp as bloody knives.” “sure thing” says Round who’s been hanging out for a choccy bic “that’s the trick!” says Nan and sticks her feet

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Words like ferns: the neglected Harold Gretton, Les Cleveland

Wartime is not usually thought of as a kind of literary 
scholarship for authors, but a few talented New Zealand soldiers in World War 2 did manage to write stories and poems of some quality while serving in combat 
situations.

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Editorial — Issue 56

Foul winds and fair play. The rugby season is over at last – for all of a couple of 
months. But the challenger series for the America’s Cup is already beating to windward. And our professional cricketers, in whatever light

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The French defection, Owen Marshall

Son of France  Geoff Cush Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 1869415027 An intellectual comic novel needs a good idea, and Geoff Cush had one for Son of France. What if the French, instead of being thwarted at Akaroa, had succeeded in making

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They also serve, Katie Pickles

Doing Our Bit: New Zealand Women Tell Their Stories of World War Two ed Jim Sullivan HarperCollins, $34.95, ISBN 186950416X High Flyers: Celebrating the Extraordinary Women of the RNZAF 1977-2002 Bee Dawson Penguin, $34.95, ISBN 0143018221 Being in the military

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