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Words uncaged, Tim Upperton

How to Defeat the Philistines David Beach David Beach, $25.00, ISBN 9780473426163 Winter Eyes Harry Ricketts Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781776561872 A Fine Morning at Passchendaele Kevin Ireland Steele Roberts, $25.00, ISBN 9780947493677 Poetic forms are a bit like…
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Posthumous vindication, David V Williams

After the Treaty: The Settler State, Race Relations and Power in Colonial New Zealand Brad Patterson, Richard S Hill and Kathryn Patterson (eds) Steele Roberts, $40.00, ISBN 9780947493158 There was a time in New Zealand when university historians took umbrage…
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Talking of war, Hugh Roberts 

Mulgan Noel Shepherd Steele Roberts,$25.00, ISBN 9780947493387 Noel Shepherd’s debut novel, Mulgan, certainly doesn’t lack for moxie. Writing one’s way into one of the small handful of truly iconic New Zealand novels and, what’s more, openly setting out to imitate…
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The grimness of contemporary realism, John McCrystal

Five Strings Apirana Taylor Anahera Press, $35.00, ISBN 9780473389482 Iceland Dominic Hoey Steele Roberts, $35.00, ISBN 978094749343I It’s that time of the three-yearly cycle again. A billboard has gone up near my house promoting the political party that has, for…
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Infectious enjoyment, Fleur Adcock

Night Burns with a White Fire: The Essential Lauris Edmond Frances Edmond and Sue Fitchett (eds) Steele Roberts, $35.00, ISBN 9780947493448 This enjoyable anthology doesn’t pretend to be anything but an act of loving homage; as the editors admit, they…
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Poetry and politics, Sarah Sharp

Robert Burns: Poet and Revolutionist Harry Holland (Dougal McNeill ed) Steele Roberts, $30.00, ISBN 9780947493172 Writing during the 1920s, Harry Holland describes the celebration of Burns Night as an event which unites Scots around the world: be the Scot where…
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Letters of aroha and respect, Olivia Bennett

The Art of Walking Upright Glenn Colquhoun Steele Roberts, $25.00, ISBN 1877228206 “The art of walking upright here is the art of using both feet”. For many New Zealanders, the very essence of being Kiwi is being part of a…
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Watching a craftsman, Briar Lawry

Strait Men and Other Tales Murray Edmond Steele Roberts, $30.00, ISBN 9781927242988 Strait Men and Other Tales by Murray Edmond is a tricky beast. Its slim spine belies the size and style of the stories within – there’s nothing that…
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The headlock of myth, Mark Reason

Seelenbinder: The Olympian Who Defied Hitler James McNeish Steele Roberts, $35.00, ISBN 9780947493011 “After a certain time a life exists not for what it is in reality, but for its mythological qualities”: in that one sentence, James McNeish defines his…
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Prodding the boundaries, Janet Hughes

Work  Sarah Jane Barnett, Hue & Cry Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780473333331 Tender Machines  Emma Neale Otago University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781927322345 Soundings of Hellas  John Davidson Steele Roberts, $20.00, ISBN 9781927242957 Looking out to Sea Kevin Ireland Steele Roberts, $20.00,…
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