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Staying in the saddle, Kim Griggs

The Year of the Horse Sam Mahon Longacre, $34.95, ISBN 1877135739 In The Year of the Horse, sculptor Sam Mahon recounts the year he spent making of a life-sized bronze sculpture of a horse and rider, the archetypal Southern Man,…
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Volunteer photographers abroad, Paul Thompson

New Zealand Abroad – The story of VSA’s work in Africa, Asia and the Pacific Trevor Richards, Jeremy Rose, Margot Schwass (photographs: Bruce Connew, Nicola Dove, Bryn Evans, David Gurr, Gil Hanly, Louise Hyatt, Glenn Jowitt, Terry O’Connor) Bridget Williams…
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Light fantastic, Laurie Atkinson

The Pollards: A family and its child and adult opera companies in New Zealand and Australia 1880-1910 Peter Downes Steele Roberts, $39.95, ISBN 1877228737 Shakespeare got in a snit with them and had Rosencrantz compare them to noisy young birds…
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Posted in Biography, History, Music, Non-fiction, Review

Measure for measure, Jenny Jones

Measurement  Tim Corballis Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864734433 Writing a review of Tim Corballis’ second novel Measurement feels a bit like writing a review of a review. The fictitious book constantly referred to by the narrator, Measurement by Peter…
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“Who’s this Pinetree?” Chris Laidlaw

The Judas Game: The Betrayal of New Zealand rugby Joseph Romanos Darius Press, $29.95, ISBN 0958240906 Meads Brian Turner Hodder Moa Beckett $49.95, ISBN 1869589173 A little anecdote buried in Joseph Romanos’ latest book The Judas Game: The Betrayal of…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Review, Sport

Heroes and zeroes, Lynn Freeman

Looking For Trouble Glenda Hughes HarperCollins, $31.95, ISBN 1869504453 New Zealand Woman’s Weekly: 70 Years from Pavlovas to PMs Jenny Lynch Random House, $39.95, ISBN 869415442 Inside Talk Radio Bill Francis Darius, $24.95, ISBN 958240914 Talkback radio, women’s magazines and…
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Posted in History, Media, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Ways of cooking it – a smorgasbord of art books, Mark Amery

If you were to place all of the volumes on New Zealand art in one bookcase, you’d be presented with one rather higgledy-piggledy collection. Together they would tell an odd tale of short-lived publishing lines, changing institutional agendas, different and…
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The historian’s story, Brian Turner

Looking for the Phoenix – A Memoir W H Oliver Bridget Williams Books, $39.95, ISBN 1877242985 When W H (Bill) Oliver says that, by and large, New Zealand’s been a “good place” for him, one senses that at times he’s…
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Back to the future, Shelagh Duckham Cox

The Hopeful Traveller Fiona Farrell Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 1869415175 This island novel starts either in 1851 with a rail journey to the Crystal Palace in London or in 2001 in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the two…
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Another thing about Jake, Otto Heim

Jake’s Long Shadow Alan Duff Vintage, $29.95, ISBN 1869415116 The first impression of Alan Duff’s new novel makes you expect a work of probing substance. Its cover is reminiscent of Heretaunga Pat Baker’s Behind the Tattooed Face. Featuring Brian Brake’s…
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