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The unforgiving minute, Stephanie de Montalk and Melissa Moon

Running Writing Robinson David Carnegie, Paul Millar, David Norton and Harry Ricketts (eds) Victoria University Press, S40.00, ISBN 9780864736390   This book celebrates the distinguished athletic and academic careers of Roger Robinson – the English, Cambridge-educated essayist, editor and literary…
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North and south, Paul Moon

Te Wiremu – Henry Williams: Early Years in the North Caroline Fitzgerald (ed) Huia, $45.00, ISBN 9781869694395   John Larkins Cheese Richardson: “The Gentlest, Bravest and Most Just of Men” Olive Trotter Otago University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781877578014   For…
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Shoring up, Helen Vause

The North Shore: An Illustrated History David Verran Random House, $49.99, ISBN 9781869793128   David Verran’s illustrated history of the North Shore is the most comprehensive history of the region to date, and it is a significant heritage work for…
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Not all grisly murders, Rebecca Priestley

Expert Witness: Behind the Scenes with a Real-life Forensic Scientist Anna Sandiford HarperCollins, $32.99, ISBN 9781869508753   “The CSI effect” refers to the influence of forensic science-themed TV shows on public perception, particularly when it comes to the courtroom. CSI:…
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Strip-mines and elegies, Mark Houlahan

Slip Stream Paula Green Auckland University Press, $24.99, ISBN 9781869404628   Crumple Vivienne Plumb Seraph Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780473177171   Time of the Icebergs David Eggleton Otago University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781877578021   The Radio Room Cilla McQueen Otago University…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Poem – Jo Aitchison

Nihon: What God Would Make This?   The God of the Darker Jersey sidles up to the expressway. Present, too, the God of White which is the new black. Firemen slash orange suits through a delicate filigree of ripped-out confetti:…
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Realistic fictions, Helen Watson White

The Art of Peter Siddell Peter Siddell Godwit, $74.99, ISBN 9781869621872 In 1982, when Peter Siddell’s painting Urban Memory, 1982, was purchased by the Christchurch Art Gallery, no one could have dreamt how much value such an image might accrue…
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The Italian job, David Groves

Kendrick Smithyman, Campana to Montale: Versions from Italian  Jack Ross and Marco Sonzogni (eds) Novi Ligure, Edizioni Joker,€ 20.00, ISBN 9788875362645   This book is the culmination of a project which began with the 1999 publication in Landfall of seven…
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