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A singular genius, Andrew Wood

Colours of a Life: The Life and Times of Douglas MacDiarmid Anna Cahill Mary Egan Publishing, $80.00, ISBN 9780473423834 Over the decades, New Zealand has lost a tragic amount of cultural talent overseas for many reasons: the old bashing machine…
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Giving them what they want, Linda Burgess

Donato and the Cartege Blade Fiona Jordan Mary Egan Publishing, $25.00, ISBN 9780473437367 1918: Broken Poppies Des Hunt Scholastic, $19.00, ISBN 9781775432821 How Not to Stop a Kidnap Plot Suzanne Main Scholastic, $17.00, ISBN 9781775434801 Dawn Raid Pauline (Vaeluaga) Smith…
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Posted in Children, Fiction, Literature, Review

Revenge, arguments and silliness, Bernard Carpinter

Marlborough Man Alan Carter Fremantle Press, $38.00, ISBN 978125164534 Presumed Guilty Mark McGinn Merlot Publishing, $33.00, ISBN 9781513618609 The Empty Coffin Gary Moore Mary Egan Publishing, $30.00, ISBN 9780473388959 Fans of New Zealand crime fiction can add one more name…
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Loosening stiff upper lips, Charlotte Graham

Leap of Faith  Jenny Pattrick Black Swan, $38.00, ISBN 9780143770916 Good Sons Greg Hall Mary Egan Publishing, $32.00, ISBN 9780473383787 It seems there are two major challenges for any author wanting to write about New Zealand in some of its…
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Brave writing, Charlotte Simmonds

The Walking Stick Tree Trish Harris Escalator Press, $35.00, ISBN 9780994118646 A Small Blue Thing Julie Hanify Submarine, $35.00, ISBN 9780994123770 The Case of the Missing Body Jenny Powell Otago University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781877578311 What Does the Sea Sound…
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Posted in Memoir, Non-fiction, Review

Olympian heights, John Horrocks

Striking Gold: New Zealand Hockey’s Remarkable Victory at the 1976 Olympics Suzanne McFadden Mary Egan Publishing, $40.00 ISBN 9780473343729 Striking Gold is the story of one of the great moments in New Zealand’s sporting history. The 1976 Olympics are remembered…
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Lives shaped by the novelist, Elspeth Sandys

Death and Forgiveness Jindra Tichá Mary Egan Publishing, $30.00, ISBN 9780473306717 Rich Man Road Ann Glamuzina Eunoia Publishing, $30.00, ISBN 9780994104748 In a recent review in New Zealand Books, Jane Westaway commented on the rise, both in New Zealand and…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review
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