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Unpick this, Renée

Thrift to Fantasy: Home Textile Crafts of the 1930s-1950s Rosemary McLeod HarperCollins, $59.95, ISBN 1869505093 Rosemary McLeod is an intelligent, witty and acerbic columnist who does us the favour of saying the things we’d like to say out loud, if…
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At home with style, Rosemary McLeod

At Home: A Century of New Zealand Design  Douglas Lloyd Jenkins Godwit, $69.95, ISBN 1869621107 How we live surely says as much about us as what we do. To students of style the choice of drapes and the shape of…
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We were just 17, if you know what I mean, Rosemary McLeod

Eight Days a Week: The Beatles’ Tour of New Zealand 1964  Graham Hutchins Exisle Publishing, $34.95, ISBN 0908988559 Big Smoke: New Zealand City People in the ’60s and ’70s  John Daley Random House, $39.95, ISBN 1869621085 Says Graham Hutchins, “Beatlemania…
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The body beautiful, Rosemary McLeod

Leisure and Pleasure: Reshaping and Revealing the New Zealand Body 1900-1960  Caroline Daley Auckland University Press, $39.99, ISBN 186940291X Undressed: New Zealand fashion designers tell their stories Stacy Gregg Penguin, $29.95, ISBN 014301899X It may be only recently that firemen…
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Blue-stockinged heroines, Rosemary McLeod

Rocking the Cradle: Contraception, Sex and Politics in New Zealand Helen Smyth Steele Roberts, $29.95, ISBN 1877228168   Women will recognise the subtext of Helen Smyth’s history as a record of their own families; not the families posing stiffly in…
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