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The long and the short of it, Jock Phillips

A Peculiar Gentleman: George Rusden – A Life  John O’Leary Australian Scholarly, $50.00, ISBN 9781925333404 The World, the Flesh and the Devil: The Life and Opinions of Samuel Marsden in England and the Antipodes, 1765-1838 Andrew Sharp Auckland University Press,…
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Memory and amnesia, Giovanni Tiso

To the Memory: New Zealand’s War Memorials Jock Phillips Potton and Burton, $60.00, ISBN 9780947503024 Think of it as a road guide to New Zealand of sorts, one that maps your route both spatially and chronologically: for almost every town…
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Tales from the colonial crypt, Jock Phillips

Unearthly Landscapes: New Zealand’s Early Cemeteries, Churchyards and Urupā  Stephen Deed Otago University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9781927322185 A confession: I am a cemetery buff. On arriving at any New Zealand settlement, it is not long before I find the local…
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Voices from the past, Jock Phillips

Remembering Gallipoli: Interviews with New Zealand Gallipoli Veterans  Christopher Pugsley and Charles Ferrall (eds) Victoria University Press, $40.00 ISBN 9780864739919 Amid the flood of printed words that have marked the centenary of New Zealand’s Gallipoli experience, Remembering Gallipoli comes with,…
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Captions and context, David Littlewood

The Anzacs: An Inside View of New Zealanders at Gallipoli Auckland War Memorial Museum Penguin, $45.00, ISBN 9780143572336 Brothers in Arms: Gordon and Robin Harper in the Great War Jock Phillips with Philip Harper and Susan Harper NZHistoryJock, $40.00, ISBN…
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Page vs screen, Jock Phillips

Jock Phillips reflects on editing www.teara.govt.nz. I grew up in a house full of books, where conversations inspired by books flowed free. Visits to the library were precious. I yearned to write books and will never forget that extraordinary moment…
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The lonely soldier, Peter Ireland

ANZAC  Laurence Aberhart (photographs) and Jock Phillips (essay) Victoria University Press with Dunedin Public Art Gallery, $60.00, ISBN 9780864739339 What to make of all the hoopla surrounding the centenary of WWI? Is it just one thing we’re commemorating – say,…
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Reconsidering a juvenile critique, Jock Phillips

“I think I am becoming a New Zealander”: Letters of J C Beaglehole Tim Beaglehole (ed) Victoria University Press, $80.00, ISBN 9780864739025 For someone such as myself, this is an engrossing book. I had met J C Beaglehole (his preferred…
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Less English than the English, Tony Simpson

Settlers: New Zealand Immigrants From England, Ireland and Scotland 1800 to 1945  Jock Phillips and Terry Hearn  Auckland University Press, $39.99,  ISBN 9781869404017  Over the next few years, our official historians have announced, they will concentrate attention on our immigrant…
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Crockery and bad language, Jock Phillips

Disputed Histories: Imagining New Zealand’s Pasts Tony Ballantyne and Brian Moloughney (ed) Otago University Press, $49.95, ISBN 1877276161 This immensely stimulating volume began life as a tribute to Erik Olssen on the occasion of his retirement from Otago University. The…
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