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Boys’ own journey, Chris Szekely

The Top Secret Undercover Notes of Buttons McGinty Rhys Darby Scholastic, $18.00, ISBN 9781775434979 Between Adele Broadbent One Tree House, $20.00, ISBN 9780995106420 Slice of Heaven Des O’Leary Mākaro Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780995109247 I reckon I had the best summer…
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Believing not belonging, Mike Grimshaw

New World, New God: Rethinking Christianity for a Secular Age Ian Harris Mākaro Press, $30.00, ISBN 9780994137869 In 1967, Lloyd Geering, Principal of Knox Theological Hall and Old Testament lecturer, was tried for heresy by the Presbyterian Church of New…
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Patchwork, Lisa Warrington

These Two Hands: A Memoir Renée Mākaro Press, $38.00, ISBN 9780994137845 These Two Hands is the memoir of a woman’s life which is simultaneously ordinary and extraordinary. Born in Napier in 1929, Renée has lived through tumultuous times, both in…
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Jewels and binoculars, Murray Bramwell

Blood Ties: New and Selected Poems 1963–2016 Jeffrey Paparoa Holman Canterbury University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781927145883 Dylan Junkie Jeffrey Paparoa Holman Mākaro Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780994137807 It is a harsh fact that we live in a world where there is…
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People and places, Louise O’Brien

A Surfeit of Sunsets Dulcie Castree Mākaro Press, $35.00, ISBN 9780994123787 The Earth Cries Out Bonnie Etherington Vintage, $38.00, ISBN 9780143770657 In the late Dulcie Castree’s novel, Shirley abandons her sophisticated life in Wellington in favour of the small seaside…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review

Wonderful New Zealand everydayness, Caitlin Walker

The Year of Falling Janis Freegard Mākaro Press, $35.00 ISBN 9780994106575 Selina’s life seems perfect. She’s got the job of her dreams, she and her boyfriend have been together for a record 18 months, and she’s got her health under…
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“Pure, straight sound”, Elizabeth Kerr  

Peter Godfrey: Father of New Zealand Choral Music Elizabeth Salmon Mākaro Press, $40.00, ISBN 9780994106582 On the book’s cover a young boy stands a little uncertainly before the camera. He’s wearing the Eton suit of a King’s College chorister, complete…
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Posted in Music, Non-fiction, Review

Unearthing skeletons, John McCrystal

Daughters of Messene Maggie Rainey-Smith Mākaro Press, $35.00, ISBN 9780994117267 Something Else David Parkyn (Sally Griffin illus) Piedog Press, $38.00, ISBN 9780473321505 “There are only two or three human stories,” as Willa Cather once said, “and they go on repeating…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review

For us there is only the trying, Paul Morris 

Tell You What: Great New Zealand Non-Fiction 2015  Jolisa Gracewood and Susanna Andrew (eds) Auckland University Press, $30.00 ISBN 9781869408244 Greatest Hits: A Quarter Century of Journalistic Encounters and Notes from Lost Cities  David Cohen Mākaro Press, $35.00 ISBN 9780994106544…
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Posted in Essays, Media, Non-fiction, Review

The sliding door in the dark, Airini Beautrais

The Lonely Nude Emily Dobson Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780864739292 Cinema Helen Rickerby Mākaro Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780473276485 Waha/Mouth Hinemoana Baker Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780864739704 I have often wondered how far poetry can stray into the mundane,…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review
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