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Victims and villains, Bernard Carpinter

Joe Victim Paul Cleave Penguin Books ISBN 9780143570424 Drowning City Ben Atkins Vintage ISBN 9781775535522 “The Christchurch Carver” is the name bestowed by the media upon Joe Middleton, the central character of Paul Cleave’s debut novel, The Cleaner. Joe is…
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The Goliath of public opinion, Gyles Beckford

Peace, Power and Politics: How New Zealand Became Nuclear Free Maire Leadbetter Otago University Press ISBN 9781877578588 I remember that visit of the USS Truxtun to Wellington in August 1976. It was cold and dreary, matching the battle-grey paintwork of…
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Chronicling the near present, Joe Atkinson

Changing Times: New Zealand Since 1945 Jenny Carlyon and Diana Morrow Auckland University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781869407827 Whoever coined the title for this new history of New Zealand’s recent past clearly did not want to give anything away. It is…
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Touch of darkness, Sarah Jane Barnett

Shadow Play James Norcliffe Proverse Hong Kong ISBN 9789881993588 Great South Road and South Side Tony Beyer Puriri Press ISBN 9780908943395 Remnants Leonard Lambert Steele Roberts ISBN 9781927242285 Curriculum Vitae Harold Jones Xlibris ISBN 9781493137527 (e-book also available) James Norcliffe…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Planet Key, Jack Vowles

John Key: Portrait of a prime minister John Roughan Penguin Books ISBN 9780143570752 The early to mid-career prime ministerial biography has become an established genre of publishing well represented in New Zealand. This is one of the better examples. The…
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