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Beautiful and organic, Christine Johnston

Dunedin writer Christine Johnston rediscovers the still-growing pleasures of Tom’s Midnight Garden. I would have borrowed a copy of Tom’s Midnight Garden from Dunedin Children’s Library, which in those days was located in two of the terraced houses in Stuart…
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Keyhole history, Barry Gustafson

After Me Came the Berlin Wall: Lies, Spies and Journalism Mervyn Cull David Ling, $29.99, ISBN 9781877378096 Final Approaches: A Memoir Gerald Hensley Auckland University Press, $50.00, ISBN 1869403789 Memoirs are not autobiographies intended to be comprehensive accounts of the…
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Dwelling poetically, Dougal McNeill

Brainpark Anna Sanderson Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 086473543X After the Dance Michele Amas Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864735421 Secret Heart Airini Beautrais Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864735413 The Unbelievable Lightness of Eggs: Light Poems and Verse  Bernard…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Back to the Spanish front, Keith Ovenden

Defence of Madrid Geoffrey Cox Otago University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1877372382 The republication of Geoffrey Cox’s short work Defence of Madrid (1937) is a corrective to many contemporary assumptions about the Spanish Civil War. It is an eyewitness account of…
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Songs from the liberal hymn book, Mike Grimshaw

Wrestling with God: The Story of My Life Lloyd Geering Bridget Williams Books, $34.99, ISBN 1877242365 A Religious Atheist?: Critical Essays on the Work of Lloyd Geering Raymond Pelly and Peter Stuart (eds) Otago University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1877372374 The…
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Getting knowledge to the people, Hilary Stace

Geoffrey Alley, Librarian: His Life and Work W J McEldowney Victoria University Press, $59.95, ISBN 0864735340 New Zealanders of all ages can relate to the transformative experience of accessing free library services. The National Library, after a few wobbles in…
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Not everyone gets a bargain, Linda Burgess

I See Red: The Shocking Story of a Battle against the Warehouse Judith Bell aka Stephen Tindall – the woman Awa Press, $29.99, ISBN 0958250979 I do think it’s a mistake to put the word “shocking” on any book. I’ll…
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Lands lost and found, Martin Edmond

E Mervyn Taylor: Artist, Craftsman Bryan James Steele Roberts, $59.99, ISBN 1877338559 Trevor Moffitt: A Biography Chris Ronayne David Ling, $49.99, ISBN 1877378100 Joanna Margaret Paul: Drawing Jill Trevelyan and Sarah Treadwell Auckland University Press and Mahara Gallery, $49.99, ISBN…
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The voyage out, Deborah Montgomerie

Over the Mountains of the Sea: Life on Migrant Ships, 1870-1885 David Hastings Auckland University Press, $49.95, ISBN 1869403754 When I was an undergraduate, one of the perennial questions examiners asked in the first-year course in 19th century New Zealand…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review
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