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Vivid pictures of 19th century New Zealand, Kay Harrison

Swag and Tucker Margaret Hall, McIndoe Publishers, $18.95 The Runaway Settlers Elsie Locke, Hazard Press, $16.95 These delightful books, set in New Zealand’s colonial days, bring to life the harsh and tender experiences of families in the New Zealand of…
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Beach holiday is a convoluted affair, The Monday Book Group

Last Summer Gaelyn Gordon, David Ling Publishing, $24.95 Gaelyn Gordon writes well enough, and this, her third book for adults (she has previously written for children), is a ripping yarn. The simple quality of her writing is perhaps intended as…
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Reinterpreting the old tales, Anne Else

Sasscat to Win Paula Boock, McIndoe Publishers, $16.95 Adoption in some form has long been a staple of story-telling for the young – especially where it concerns a goosegirl or a ploughboy who are brought up by peasants, but turn…
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Living on the edge, Brett Mason

He Tangi Aroha: A Cry for Love Apirana Taylor, Huia Publishers, $29.95 The Eye of the Everlasting Angel  Noel Virtue, Vintage, $19.95 1990. Lest we forget. 150 years. How could we forget? But it was a year no one seemed…
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Strength of character, Jenny Buist

Against the Tide Fleur Beale, HarperCollins (Tui), $12.95 A Time To Choose Jacqui Sutton Beets, HarperCollins (Tui), $14.95 At a time of high consciousness over whether the central characters of new teenage fiction are female or male it is encouraging…
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Charting life and death, Rebecca Simpson

Daisy and Lily Renée, Penguin, $24.95 The blurb on the back of Renée’s new novel, Daisy and Lily, announces that ‘Renée has created a world which is part biography, part elegy, part robust stand-up comedy, all leavened with lively good…
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Challenges, Marny Bradley

Nearly Seventeen: New Zealand Stories Tessa Duder (ed), Penguin, $19.95 These seventeen stories by New Zealand writers and one short play by Tessa Duder clearly focus on teenage girls. Each of the stories has girls as central to the story…
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Feminist tissue, Kathryn Walls

Me and Marilyn Monroe Cathie Dunsford (ed), Daphne Brasell Associates Press, $32.95 Dr Cathie Dunsford, inspired by the female forms created by female sculptors, and convinced that women should be speaking out against the maltreatment of their bodies by the…
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Finale in the Alex quartet, Tim Mapplebeck

Songs for Alex Tessa Duder, Penguin, $9.95 The Rome Olympics are a perplexing memory for Alex, now returned to Auckland, to the routines and strictures of training for uncertain goals, and returned, too, to the confinement of life in the…
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The art of recording voices, David Clarke

Talking History: A Short Guide to Oral History Megan Hutching, Bridget Williams Books, $17.95 Talking History provides a valuable short reference book for those contemplating venturing into the fascinating art of oral history recording, and those who have already done…
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