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Finding a place in the sun, Anna Rogers

Unfolding History, Evolving Identity: The Chinese in New Zealand ed Manying Ip Auckland University Press, $44.99, ISBN 1869402898 Keeping a Low Profile: An Oral History of German Immigration to New Zealand Brigitte Bönisch-Brednich Victoria University Press, $39.95, ISBN 0864734395 The

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About those vampires, Jane Stafford

Daylight Elizabeth Knox Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864734492 Bad O’Phelan is a New Zealand caver traumatised by the memory of Dart Ridge, a Cave Creek disaster, which he survived “taking three backward steps off the viewing platform above the

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Catching the post, Linda Burgess

The Penguin Book of New Zealand Letters ed Louise Lawrence Penguin, $34.95, ISBN 0143018663 Oh friends, friends – where would we be without them? Sometimes they move far away, as did Charlotte Bronte’s school friend and confidante Mary Taylor, who

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The gang of five, W H Oliver

Dance of the peacocks: New Zealanders in exile in the time of Hitler, Stalin and Mao Tse-tung James McNeish Vintage, $34.95, ISBN 1869415647 This is an engaging and readable book. James McNeish tells a multitude of stories about a number

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Poem – Kerry Popplewell

The Iliad, Book xii   So in the years to come Poseidon and god Apollo Would set all things to rights once more (The Iliad, xiii. Robert Eagles’ translation) Homer knew war: knew the killing – brains spilling out, spurting

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Letters – Issue 60

Laconic inaccuracies Bryan Gilling does himself no favours with his extraordinarily laconic and frequently inaccurate review of my book Te Ara Ki Te Tiriti: The Path to the Treaty of Waitangi. The constraints of space prevent me from detailing all

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Remembrance of things past, Peter Wells

The House at Karamu Beryl Fletcher Spinifex, $29.95, ISBN 1876756357 Travelling with Augusta 1835 and 1999  Ingrid Horrocks Victoria University Press, $34.95, ISBN 0864734476 Initially, when I received these two books for review, I thought I would resist the contrast-and-compare

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Hunting down the story, Norman Bilbrough

A Friend in Paradise Des Hunt HarperCollins, $14.95, ISBN 1869504429 Henry and the Flea Brian Falkner Mallinson Rendel, $16.95, ISBN 0908783779 The Dragon’s Apprentice Linda McNabb HarperCollins, $14.95, ISBN 1869504127 Artists Are Crazy and Other Stories Ken Catran Lothian Books,

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The body in the pantry, Margot Schwass

The Case of the Missing Kitchen Barbara Else Random House, $26.95, ISBN 1869415744 The Case of the Missing Kitchen is Barbara Else’s wicked, waspish take on the thriller. Set in Wellington, it brims over with the genre’s stock elements: there’s

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Autobiographical silences, Doug Munro

Awatere: A Soldier’s Story Arapeta Awatere (ed Hinemoa Ruataupare Awatere) Huia, $49.95, ISBN 1877283819 During the early 1970s, an elderly Maori man, who had been convicted of murder, sat in his cell in Mt Eden Prison and penned his memoirs.

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