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Good keen women, Ginette McDonald

Stroppy Sheilas and Gutsy Girls  Sandra Coney Tandem Press, $24.95, ISBN 1 87717 829 2 In a memorable scene in the 1973 BBC TV drama series Shoulder to Shoulder, an evocation of the suffrage move-ment in Great Britain, Lady Constance’s…
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The never-ending journey, Charles Royal

Growing Up Maori  ed Witi Ihimaera Tandem Press,  $29.95, ISBN 1 877178 16 0 Growing Up Maori contains the reminiscences, memories, passions and pains of some 36 Maori people as they passed through their youthful years. The group includes academics,…
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A new cultural security? Kim Worthington  

Some Other Country: New Zealand’s Best Short Stories third edition ed Marion McLeod and Bill Manhire Bridget Williams Books, $24.95, ISBN 0 908912 92 7 Huia Short Stories ed Anonymous Huia Publishers, $24.95, ISBN 0 908975 16 3 Joy Cowley:…
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Celts, Oracles and crystals, Paul Morris

Celebrating the Southern Seasons: Rituals for Aotearoa Juliet Batten Tandem Press, $29.95, ISBN 0 90884 54 0 The Oracle Speaks: Breakthroughs for Humanity The Oracle Oracle Publications, $29.95, ISBN 0 9648443 0 3 Our experience is increasingly shaped by a…
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Obscurity v the life principle, Kim Worthington

Envoy Alan Loney and Mark Wills Puriri Press, $28.00, ISBN 0 908943 13 x On Virgin Skin Gay Linden Sandpiper Press, $19.95, ISBN 0 473 04187 1 Before the Divorce We Go to Disneyland Diane Brown Tandem Press, $24.95, ISBN…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Thin issues, rich wit, a gang and a psychopath, Heather Murray

The Journey Home Cathie Dunsford Spinifex Press Pty Ltd (Australia), $24.95, ISBN 1 875559 54 X Dr Beale’s Wednesday Liz Falkner Arrow, Random House, $17.95, ISBN 1 86941 297 4 The Visitation Sue Reidy Black Swan, $19.95, ISBN 0 552…
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War, love and self, Jane Stafford

Blood Money: the incredible true story of David Morris and the tragedy of Somalia  Trisha Stratford Penguin Books, $24.95, ISBN 0 140 26323 3 Escape from Bosnia: Aza’s Story Sue McCauley Shoal Bay Press, $29.95, ISBN 0 908704 42 9…
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Posted in Biography, Non-fiction, Review

What about the suburbs? Alison Gray

Mum’s the Word: The untold story of motherhood in New Zealand Sue Kedgley Random House, $39.95, ISBN 1 86941 292 3 Striking a Balance: New Zealand women talk about career and family Jillian Stewart and Susan Davis Penguin Books, $24.95,…
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An enhancing option, David Pearson

New Zealand – By the Way Jenner Zimmerman and contributors Jenner Zimmerman, $49.95, ISBN 0 473 03631 2 Immigrants and Citizens: New Zealanders and Asian Immigration in Historical Context Malcolm McKinnon Institute of Policy Studies, $18.00, ISBN 0 908935 0408…
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Telling tales, Tessa Barringer

Black Light Laura Solomon Tandem Press, $24.95 ISBN 0 908884 80 x The Silicon Tongue Beryl Fletcher Spinifex Press, $24.95 ISBN 1 875559 49 3 On the Grapevine Linda Burgess University of Otago Press, $24.95 ISBN 1 877133 12 4…
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