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At home in Hobbiton and Boy Land, Gavin Bishop

Gavin Bishop leafs through two boyhood favourites.  The three of us are about the same age – my first picture book, my teddy bear and me. The book lies, or should I say languishes, coddled in tissue and plastic to…
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Worlds away, Elspeth Sandys

Shadow Waters Chris Baker Huia, $27.00, ISBN 1869692357 Black Earth White Bones Chris Else Random House, $27.99, ISBN 9781869418625 Overdue New Releases  Matt Johnson Longacre Press, $29.99, ISBN 1877361429  Holocaust Tours  Julian Novitz Vintage, $27.99, ISBN 9781869417284  Apart from the…
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New Zealand a Christian country? Paul Morris

Shaping a Colonial Church: Bishop Harper and the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch 1856-1890  Colin Brown, Marie Peters and Jane Teal (eds)  Canterbury University Press, $45.00,  ISBN 1877257443  James Michael Liston: A Life  Nicholas Reid Victoria University Press, $49.95,  ISBN 0864735367 …
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More or less, Linley Boniface

Opportunity Charlotte Grimshaw Vintage, $27.99, ISBN 9781869418793 On an Island, with Consequences Dire Kelly Ana Morey Penguin, $28.00, ISBN 9780143020950 A newspaper columnist of the cantankerous-old-bastard variety lies in his hospital bed, delirious with pain. As nurses fuss over him,…
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Getting a handle on it, Paula Morris

Crown Lynn: A New Zealand Icon Valerie Ringer Monk Penguin, $45.00, ISBN 0143020633  Crown Lynn, Valerie Ringer Monk’s articulate account of New Zealand’s favourite pottery, serves many functions, from appealing coffee-table book to collectors’ guide to a 50-year local history…
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Wrighting it, Chris Hilliard

Two Peoples, One Land: The New Zealand Wars Matthew Wright  Reed, $39.99, ISBN 079001064X Military fortifications, like oceanic navigation, the archaeology of New Zealand, and the commercial and maritime policies of the early modern Spanish and Portuguese empires, are a…
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Posted in History, Māori, Non-fiction, Review, War

Seeing as God saw, John McCrystal

Mr Allbones’ Ferrets: An Historical Pastoral Satirical Scientifical Romance, with Mustelids Fiona Farrell Vintage, $27.99, ISBN 9781869418649 “What a book a devil’s chaplain might write,” Charles Darwin exclaimed in a letter to eminent botanist J D Hooker, “on the clumsy,…
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Dreaming on, Tatjana Schaefer

Dreamquake Elizabeth Knox HarperCollins, $27.99, ISBN 0732281946 “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there”: L P Hartley’s famous opening to The Go-Between has become proverbial, and most media nowadays enjoy the occasional nostalgia-trip into this exotic…
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Letters — Issue 80

Gender reassignment Thanks for the kind review of my story “The Sea as Past” (NZB Spring 2007, p26). And my gratitude also for the gender reassignment: it has been a most enlightening experience, and far less painful than is sometimes…
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