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Delicate flowers of the wasteland, Les Cleveland

Love in Time of War: Letter Writing in the Second World War Deborah Montgomerie Auckland University Press, $35.00, ISBN 1869403363 Freyberg’s War: The Man, the Legend, the Reality Matthew Wright Penguin Books, $35.00, ISBN 0143019856 Western Front: The New Zealand…
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War tourism, Les Cleveland

One Flag, One Queen, One Tongue: New Zealand, the British and the South African War ed John Crawford and Ian McGibbon Auckland University Press, $39.99, ISBN 1869402936 Landscapes of Conflict: A Field Guide to the New Zealand Wars Nigel Prickett…
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Mytho-history, Les Cleveland

A Near-Run Affair: New Zealanders in the battle for Crete, 1941 Matthew Wright Reed Books, $30.95, ISBN 0790007320 A Unique Sort of Battle: New Zealanders Remember Crete ed Megan Hutching HarperCollins in association with the History Group, Ministry for Culture…
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“A lotta nerve”, David Eggleton

Positively George Street: a personal history of Sneaky Feelings and the Dunedin Sound Matthew Bannister Reed Books, $34.95, ISBN 0 7900 0704 5 The mythology tells us that Dunedin in the 1970s was a studious, quiet backwater, seemingly permanently becalmed…
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A partial history, Rawiri Taonui

The Musket Wars: A History of Inter-Iwi Conflict 1806-45 R D Crosby Reed Books, $65, ISBN 0 7900 0677 4 Ron Crosby’s The Musket Wars successfully compiles most of the available published material on the 1800-1840 wars between Maori into…
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Martial arts, Wendy Pond

The Musket Wars: A History of Inter-Iwi Conflict 1806-45 R D Crosby Reed Books, $65, ISBN 0 7900 0677 4 This is a narrative of long campaigns covering immense distances in rugged country, of brutal and ruthless raids, of enslavement…
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Essentials of Bloketopia, Dale Williams

High Times in the High Country: The Life of a Musterer W V Kerr and John Kerr Penguin, $34.95, ISBN 0140294422 Easy Riders: Cruising the Long White Cloud Paul and Val Davis HarperCollins, $24.95, ISBN 1869503570 Blokes and Boats: Text…
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Displacements and disorientations, Tessa Barringer

Penguin 25: New Fiction Graham Beattie and Stephanie Johnson (eds) Penguin Books, $29.95 ISBN 0 14 027502 9 Another 100 NZ Short Short Stories Graeme Lay (ed) Tandem Press, $24.95 ISBN 1 877178 26 8 Sex & the Single Mayfly…
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Research guide, Gavin McLean

A Guide to Art Galleries and Museums In New Zealand Keith W Thomson, Reed Books, Auckland, 1991, $14.95 This snappy little paperback wins out over Thomson’s earlier book in that it is cheap and portable enough to be bought and…
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Sidewinder as demon, Bernie Steeds

Sidewinder Alistair Campbell, Reed Books, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 Readers first meet Sidewinder about half way through Alistair Campbell’s 1989 novel The Frigate Bird. The novel’s narrator — a Cook Islands-born writer prone to rather extreme flights of fancy — is…
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