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Removing the cycle clips, John Horrocks

Like Love Poems: Selected Poems Joanna Margaret Paul (ed Bernadette Hall) Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864735278 Modern Colours Wystan Curnow Jack Books, $24.95, ISBN 0473102544 One Shapely Thing: Poems and Journals Dinah Hawken Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 08646735286

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Home truths, Philip Temple

The Accidental Anthropologist Michael Jackson Longacre Press, $39.99, ISBN 187736147X The epigraphs an author chooses may be taken as a guide to his intent, and Michael Jackson chose two. From Rilke, he derives: “We are born, so to speak, provisionally,

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Not Man-alone country, Heather Roberts

Politics 101 Anna Smith Canterbury University Press, $29.95, ISBN 1877257419 The Sound of Butterflies Rachael King Black Swan, $27.99, ISBN 1869417941 Davey Darling Paul Shannon Penguin, $28.00, ISBN 0143020773 Weeping Waters Anne Maria Nicholson HarperCollins, $34.00, ISBN 1869506170 Four debut

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The back of beyond, Kim Griggs

Mustn’t Grumble: An Accidental Return to England Joe Bennett HarperCollins, $34.99, ISBN 07432376272 First Pass Under Heaven Nathan Hoturoa Gray Penguin, $29.95, ISBN 0143020676 You Must Die Once Ian D Robinson HarperCollins, $29.99, ISBN 1869505468 If you’d asked me a

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Strange worlds, Heather Murray

Song of the Brakeman Bill Direen Titus Books, $29.95, ISBN 0958258678 The Assassin of Gleam James Norcliffe Hazard Press, $29.99, ISBN1877270997 Departure Lounge Chad Taylor Jonathan Cape, $34.99, ISBN 9780224075047 Southern Style Craig Marriner Vintage, $27.99, ISBN 1869417100 It never

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Crack in the consensus, Tim Hazledine

The Democracy Sham: How Globalisation Devalues Your Vote Bryan Gould Craig Potton Publishing, $29.99, ISBN 1877333506 “Nobody told us we could do that!” So said the Fabian Sidney Webb in 1931 when the new National government of which he was

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Committed and convicted, Anne Else

To Cry Inside: Love, Death and Prison Lesley Martin Penguin, $29.95, ISBN 0143020382 “You are best to read To Die Like a Dog first”, writes Lesley Martin, introducing To Cry Inside. So I did. Written as a film script, the

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Ripping yarns, Stevan Eldred-Grigg

Fatal Frontiers: A New History of New Zealand in the Decade Before the Treaty Paul Moon Penguin Books, $39.95, ISBN 0143020595 “New Zealand was undergoing an identity crisis in the 1830s,” writes Paul Moon on the first page of his

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Lives of nouns and adjectives, Gordon McLauchlan

A Fish in the Swim of the World  Ben Brown Longacre, $34.99, ISBN 1877361410 Family Silver  Richard Shallcrass Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864735332 Something for the Birds  Jacqueline Fahey Auckland University Press, $39.99, ISBN 186940355X Terra Incognito  Douglas Wright

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Cautionary tale, Linda Clark; Party-going, Raymond Miller

The Hollow Men: A Study in the Politics of Deception Nicky Hager Craig Potton Publishing, $34.99, ISBN 187733362X According to the rhetoric, the author of The Hollow Men is one of two things. Either he is an outstanding investigative journalist

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