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Behind the passionate eye, Peter Calder

Self-portrait Marti Friedlander with Hugo Manson Auckland University Press, $60.00, ISBN 9781869407841 One day we will all be just a photograph, Marti Friedlander tells us in the closing pages of this entertaining and readable memoir. Coming as it does from…
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Column centimetres and sound bites, Peter Calder

Scooped: The Politics and Power of Journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand  Martin Hirst, Sean Phelan and Verica Rupar (eds) AUT Media, $39.95, ISBN 9780958299763   For an industry that spends its time holding others to account, journalism has a remarkable…
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Science ε = –dø/dt, Peter Calder

North Pole, South Pole: The Epic Quest to Solve the Great Mystery of Earth’s Magnetism Gillian Turner Awa Press, $40.00, ISBN 9780958275002   Consider this passage about magnetism: Cooling basalts, it turns out, contain small crystals of iron-oxide compounds ……
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Bright fine gold, Peter Calder

Diggers, Hatters and Whores: The Story of the New Zealand Gold Rushes Stevan Eldred-Grigg Random House, $55.00, ISBN 9781869419257 In the closing pages of this comprehensive, even magisterial, historical survey, the author quotes the observation by Joan Stevens in The…
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No tame dusky maiden, Peter Calder

Makereti: Taking Maori to the World  Paul Diamond  Random House, $44.99, ISBN 9781869419004 In 1911, the year of George V’s coronation, a “Festival of Empire” was staged at London’s Crystal Palace exhibition centre. A forerunner of the great mid-century expos…
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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
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