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Issue 108 Summer 2014

Volume 24 | Number 4 |  Issue 108 | Summer 2014   Paul Morris: “The ordeal of civility” (Comment) Don Brash: Sharleen Forbes and Antong Victorio (eds), The New Zealand CPI at 100: History and Interpretation Ruth Nichol: Geoff Cochrane,…
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Digging and delving, Tim Corballis and Ingrid Horrocks

The Grass Catcher: A Digression About Home Ian Wedde Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9780864739384 The protagonist of the present-day portion of Symmes Hole (1986), Ian Wedde’s canonical and underread novel about settler colonialism, is obsessed with history. He digs…
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No drive-by answers, David Cohen

Sorrows of a Century: Interpreting Suicide in New Zealand, 1900-2000 John C Weaver Bridget Williams Books, $60.00, ISBN 9781927277232 All of us seek happiness, Pascal declared centuries ago, even at the point of a warm gun. “This is without exception,”…
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A poverty of compassion, Rod Oram

Child Poverty in New Zealand Jonathan Boston and Simon Chapple Bridget Williams Books, $50.00, ISBN 9781927247860 “New Zealand has the necessary resources to reduce child poverty, and equitable and efficient ways to secure these resources are available. The question is…
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Short stories as selfless, Christine Johnston

The Red Queen Gemma Bowker-Wright Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9780864739209 Empty Bones and Other Stories Breton Dukes Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9780864739186 The Red Queen and Empty Bones, two short story collections by new writers, while having much…
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Sex-free romance and YA cred, Paula Morris

Bugs Whiti Hereaka Huia, $25.00, ISBN 9781775501336 When We Wake Karen Healey Allen & Unwin, $22.00, ISBN 9781742378084 Awakening Natalie King Penguin, $20.00, ISBN 9780143570790 Bugs, the eponymous protagonist of Whiti Hereaka’s first YA novel, is unimpressed with much of…
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Just perk up your ears, Barbara Else

The Life and Art of Lynley Dodd Finlay Macdonald Penguin, $50.00, ISBN 9780143567967 A tousle on spindly legs has conquered the world. How did it happen? Finlay Macdonald’s biography of Lynley Dodd describes her journey from childhood in the Kaingaroa…
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Explaining WWI, Steven Loveridge

The Bantam and the Soldier Jennifer Beck (Robyn Belton illus) Scholastic, $19.50, ISBN 9781775432074 The Anzac Puppy Peter Millett (Trish Bowles illus) Scholastic, $19.50, ISBN 9781775430971 Best Mates: Three Lads Who Went to War Together Philippa Werry (Bob Kerr illus)…
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Yesterday today, Glyn Harper

How We Remember: New Zealanders and the First World War Charles Ferrall and Harry Ricketts (eds) Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9780864739353 With the centenary of WWI now upon us, a flood of books on New Zealand’s role in that…
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War stories, Anne Else

Passing Through Coral Atkinson Dancing Tuatara, $35.00, ISBN 9780473262693 Heartland Jenny Pattrick Black Swan, $37.00, ISBN 9781775535850 Tropic of Guile Sue McCauley Xlibris, $42.00, ISBN 9781483683195 All three of these novels centre on hard-won survival against the odds of poverty,…
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