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East and west, Kim Griggs

Under the Osakan Sun  Hamish Beaton Awa Press, $34.99, ISBN 9780958275026 A Long Slow Affair of the Heart  Bruce Ansley Longacre, $34.99, ISBN 9781877460210 If this review were a competition, there should have been no contest – a young first-time…
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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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Charting the sublime, Kim Griggs

The Wide White Page: Writers Imagine Antarctica ed Bill Manhire Victoria University Press, $34.95, ISBN 0864734859 When the explorers in John Martin Leahy’s “In Amundsen’s Tent” scrambled into the tent the Norwegian left after his foray to the South Pole,…
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If it’s claggy, it must be Wellington, Kim Griggs

Auckland: The city in literature ed Witi Ihimaera Exisle Publishing, $34.95, ISBN 0908988362 Dunedin: The city in literature  ed Christine Johnston Exisle Publishing, $34.95, ISBN 0908988451 Christchurch: The city in literature ed Anna Rogers Exisle Publishing, $34.95, ISBN 0908988427 Wellington:…
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Posted in Literature, Review

Wish you were here, Jane Westaway

On Blue Ice – A Not Very Brave Journey to Antarctica Kim Griggs Random House, $26.95, ISBN 1869415760 Travels with my Mother Peter Calder Tandem, $29.95, ISBN 1877298093 The most memorable travel books don’t merely transport you to foreign parts,…
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Posted in Memoir, Non-fiction, Pacific, Review

“An unknown struthious bird”, Kim Griggs

Moa: The Dramatic Story of the Discovery of a Giant Bird Richard Wolfe Penguin, $29.95, ISBN 0143018736 When in London, lovers of the footnotes to history construct unusual itineraries. Many head down to the Maritime Museum at Greenwich to marvel…
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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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Posted in Art, Memoir, Non-fiction, Review

Herons, dogs, lorikeets, Kim Griggs

Fool’s Paradise Steve Braunias Random House, $24.95, ISBN 1869414837 Sit Joe Bennett Hazard Press, $19.95, ISBN 1877270105 From the Heart Helen Brown HarperCollins, $24.95, ISBN 1869503996 According to Phillip Lopate, editor of The Art of the Personal Essay, the personal…
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Posted in Essays, Non-fiction, Review
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