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Same notes, different tunes, Jenny DeBell

The Six Pack: Winning Writing from New Zealand Book Month 2006  John Campbell (introduction) New Zealand Book Month with Whitireia Publishing, $6.00, ISBN 1877192279 The Best New Zealand Fiction 3 Fiona Kidman (ed) Vintage, $34.99, ISBN 1869417976 Sunday 22: The…
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All aboard Moa’s Ark, Bob Brockie

Ghosts of Gondwana: The History of Life in New Zealand  George Gibbs Craig Potton Publishing, $49.99, ISBN 1877333484 Extinct Birds of New Zealand  Alan Tennyson and Paul Martinson Te Papa Press, $64.99, ISBN 0909010218 Ghosts of Gondwana is a remarkable…
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Posted in Natural History, Non-fiction, Review

Intimations of mortality, Michael Hulse

Blame Vermeer Vincent O’Sullivan Victoria University Press, $25.00,  ISBN 9780864735515 The Black River C K Stead  Auckland University Press, $25.00,  ISBN 978869403850 Sol Andrew Johnston Victoria University Press, $25.00,  ISBN 9789864735492 The Ponies Bernadette Hall Victoria University Press, $25.00,  ISBN…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Bursting the bubble, Tim Wong

Aramoana: Twenty-two Hours of Terror Bill O’Brien Penguin, $28.00, ISBN 014300624X I was only nine years old when David Gray killed 13 people, too young to remember with any sadness or clarity the tragedy beamed into our living rooms that…
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Posted in History, Memoir, Non-fiction

Demystifying the process, Siobhan Harvey

Insights: New Zealand Artists Talk about Creativity Gareth Shute (ed) Reed, $29.99, ISBN 1869418247   “The more you reason,” counselled Raymond Chandler, “the less you create.” Before he began working on his latest book, Insights: New Zealand Artists Talk About Creativity,…
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Standing places of the heart, Harvey McQueen

Heartlands: New Zealand Historians Write about Where History Happened Kynan Gentry and Gavin McLean (eds) Penguin, $35.00, ISBN 0143019929 History used to be about kings, queens, politicians, diplomats, generals, wars, revolutions, parliaments, laws and treaties. My early schooling followed the…
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Unpeaceful co-existence, Isa Moynihan

Gate Crasher and Other Stories Frances Cherry Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, $25.00,  ISBN 186942056X Flashpoint  Frances Cherry Scholastic New Zealand, $16.99,  ISBN 1869437438 Frances Cherry’s first collection, The Daughter-in-law and Other Stories, was published in 1986, and her first…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review

Boudicca does it for a jar of mead, David Hill

A Short History of Sheep in New Zealand Richard Wolfe Random House, $29.99, ISBN 1869418204 Instructions for New Zealanders Richard Wolfe Random House, $34.99, ISBN 1869418506 The Smell of Powder: A History of Duelling in New Zealand Donald Kerr Random…
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Posted in History, Natural History, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Sounds like us, John Pagani

ZB: The Voice of an Iconic Radio Station Bill Francis HarperCollins, $36.99, ISBN 186950612X A radio station is not just intangible, but purely transient. Voices change, frequencies change, even the name of the station changes. All that’s left to bridge…
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Catching it on the run, Don Aimer

Lake of Coal: The Disappearance of a Mining Township David Cook Craig Potton Publishing and Ramp Press, $49.99, ISBN 1877333522 Once upon a time, under the fluffy Waikato clouds out west of the unlovely Huntly, was a place called Rotowaro…
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