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Rediscovery of the self, Janet Wilson

Come Rain or Shine: Women around New Zealand share their life stories Shona Jennings (ed) Viking, $34.95, ISBN 0 670 87834 0 A Family from Barra: An Adoption Story Beryl Martin Auckland University Press/Bridget Williams Books, $34.95, ISBN 1 86940…
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On the side of life, David Hill

Dare, Truth or Promise Paula Boock Longacre, $14.95, ISBN 1 8771 35 08 9 The Family Album Helen Beaglehole Cape Catley, $1 6.95, ISBN 0 908561 58 X The Whole of the Moon Duncan Stuart Longacre, $14.95, ISBN 1 8771…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review, Young adults

Mary, Marist, Catholic and Kiwis, Paul Morris

God‘s Farthest Outpost: A History of Catholics in New Zealand Michael King Viking, $49.95 ISBN 0 67087 652 6 Church in the World: Statements on Social issues 1979-1997 by New Zealand Catholic Bishops, compiled by Chris Orsman and Peter Zwart…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Religion

Proving the point, Bill Hastings

No Verdict: New Zealand’s Hung Jury Crisis John Goulter Random House $29.95, ISBN 1 86941 298 2 Dear Murderer: Mike Bungay’s Life on Trial Ronda Bungay Random House $29.95, ISBN 1 86941 314 8 Justice Without Fear or Favour Kevin…
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Posted in Memoir, Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review

Traversing cultural contrasts, David Grant

Winters of Revenge: The Bitter Rivalry Between the All Blacks and the Springboks Spiro Zavos Viking, $29.95, ISBN 0 670 87574 0 Lochore: An Authorised Biography As told to Alex Veysey, Gary Caffell, Ron Palenski Hodder Moa Beckett, HB$44.95, ISBN…
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Posted in Biography, Non-fiction, Review, Sport

Built-in anodyne, Hamish Keith

Architects at Home — 30 New Zealand Architects and their Houses Adrienne Rewi & Euan Sarginson Shoal Bay Press, $49.95, ISBN 0 908704 32 1 The Bungalow in New Zealand Jeremy Ashford Viking, $34.95, ISBN 0-670-85673-8 Wellington’s Old Buildings David…
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Posted in Architecture, Non-fiction, Review

Postcolonial flowering, Alistair Fox

The Essential Old Rose: Growing and Using Old Roses in New Zealand  Trevor Griffiths Viking, $34.95, ISBN 0 670 87187 7 The New Zealand Book of Roses: The best 150 Varieties,  2ed John Martin and Colin Hutchinson Viking, $34.95, ISBN…
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Posted in Natural History, Non-fiction, Review

Reliable and comforting benchmark, David Grant

The Game of Our Lives Finlay MacDonald Viking, $39.95, IBSN 0 670 86907 4 For rugby aficionados 1996 has been a remarkable year. In the early part of the season, provincial conglomerates under names more reminiscent of those belonging to…
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Most significant work in NZ realism, Lawrence Jones

Crime Story Maurice Gee Penguin, $29.95 The Fat Man Maurice Gee Viking, $15.95 In 1977, writing a letter to the Listener, Maurice Shadbolt commented that although he was “far more interested as a writer, in nineteenth century New Zealand”, he…
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Gee Whizz, Elizabeth Smither

Going West Maurice Gee, Viking, 1992, $39.95 Rem tene, verba sequentur – I have it, like an archivist, on a filched catalogue card. For the novel: ‘Grasp the subject and the words will follow’. For the poem, the reverse: Verba…
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