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Wading in the waters, Sam Mahon

Beyond Manapouri: 50 Years of Environmental Politcs in New Zealand Catherine Knight Canterbury University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781988503042 The battle to preserve our waters in this country has left us, as a nation, almost as bruised and divided as we…
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A view from afar, Simon Upton

My Father’s Shadow: A Portrait of Justice Peter Mahon Sam Mahon Longacre Press, $39.99, ISBN 9781877460173 I like Sam Mahon’s writerly qualities. This book confirms the literary reputation inaugurated with The Year of the Horse and broadened with delicious malice…
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Watering down debate, Simon Upton

The Water Thieves Sam Mahon Longacre Press, $34.99, ISBN 1877361518 New Zealand is a largely debate-free zone.  A couple of years ago, I co-authored an article on the Resource Management Act. Three of us – a partner in a national…
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Staying in the saddle, Kim Griggs

The Year of the Horse Sam Mahon Longacre, $34.95, ISBN 1877135739 In The Year of the Horse, sculptor Sam Mahon recounts the year he spent making of a life-sized bronze sculpture of a horse and rider, the archetypal Southern Man,…
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Posted in Art, Memoir, Non-fiction, Review
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