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In cold blood, David Capie

New Zealand and the Vietnam War: Politics and Diplomacy Roberto Rabel Auckland University Press, $49.95, ISBN 1869403401 Surrounded by placard-waving students at Waikato University during August 2005, election campaign, Prime Minister Helen Clark launched a scathing attack on her opponent’s…
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Revisionist urges, Anna Rogers

The Rope of Man Witi Ihimaera Reed, $34.99, ISBN 0790008947 It’s surely a disconcerting and disturbing notion: that a writer’s early books can be rewritten many years later to take account of changes in his life, or in the evolution…
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Frame en français, Philip Knight

Le Lagon et Autres Nouvelles  Janet Frame (trans Jean Anderson and Nadine Ribault) Des Femmes-Antoinette Fouque, $28.50 [approx], ISBN 2721005278 In the past several years literary relations between New Zealand and France have come alive as never before. Among the…
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Killing what we love, Garth Baker

Pohutukawa and Rata: New Zealand’s Iron-hearted Trees Philip Simpson Te Papa Press with the Project Crimson Trust, $99.99 (hb), $59.99 (pb), ISBN 1877385131/0909010994 Philip Simpson’s Pohutukawa and Rata follows his earlier homage to cabbage trees. He wrote his popular Dancing…
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A three-act life, Jenny Robin Jones

White Chief: The Colourful Life and Times of Judge F E Maning of the Hokianga John Nicholson Penguin, $39.95, ISBN 0143020226 In Omapere Museum in the Hokianga, the area F E Maning called home for most of his life, a…
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Values, principles and faith, Mary Varnham

The House of Reed 1907-1983: Great Days in New Zealand Publishing Edmund Bohan Canterbury University Press, $39.95, ISBN 187725732X Books and Boots: The Story of New Zealand Publisher, Writer and Long Distance Walker Alfred Hamish Reed Ian Dougherty Otago University…
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View from the hilltop, Rawiri Taonui

State of the Maori Nation: Twenty-first Century Issues in Aotearoa Malcolm Mulholland and contributors Reed, $39.99, ISBN 0790010429 Ngapua: The Political Life of Hone Heke Ngapua Paul Moon David Ling, $39.99, ISBN 187737802X The Maori population doubled during the two…
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Posted in Biography, Māori, Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review

Poem — Kerry Popplewell

Reading The Master (In memory of Stuart Johnston)   Last year before you died, you told me about this book – admired its reticence, the way it invited complicity, embraced the challenge of tangle.   Trusting your judgement, I’m reading…
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The bit in between, Tony Simpson

Women and Children Last: The Burning of the Emigrant Ship Cospatrick Charles R Clark University of Otago Press, $39.95, ISBN 187737214 5 This is the world’s most immigrant society. Every single person living here is either an immigrant or descended…
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Letters — Issue 75

Worth a thousand words Your reviewer, Paul Thompson (NZB, August 2006) says of Laurence Aberhart’s Domestic Architecture (1974-2005): The function of this book is problematic – its natural meaning would seem to be as a catalogue to accompany an exhibition,…
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