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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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When anti-popery ruled, Nicholas Reid

Bishop in the dock Rory Sweetman Auckland University Press, $39:95, ISBN 1 86940 160 3 Henry Jacobs — A clergyman of calibre Helen Garrett Shoal Bay Press, $39:95, ISBN 0 906704  54 2 Doing theology ourselves Neil Darragh Accent Publications,$18.00,…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Religion, Review

With a little help, Janet Hughes

Becoming a Writer Dorothea Brande Macmillan, $29.95, ISBN 0 333 65377 7 The Writer’s Companion Barry Turner Macmillan, $34.95, ISBN 0 333 62133 6 In 1934 when Dorothea Brande wrote the much-reprinted Becoming a Writer, people didn’t say “I’m not…
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Posted in Literature, Review

But where are the people? Tom Brooking

Have you ever wondered why there are so many picture books of beautiful New Zealand cluttering the shelves of our bookshops? Obviously publishers think there is a market for them both amongst tourists and locals — but probably the proliferation…
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Low rating, Brian Gaynor

Bulls, Bears and Elephants: A History of the New Zealand Stock Exchange David Grant Victoria University Press, $69.95, ISBN 0 86473 308 9 The stock exchange is an enigma to many. The organisation has a popular image as a wealthy…
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Posted in Economics, History, Non-fiction, Review

Reading with others, Nelson Wattie

Dem Dichter des Lesens: Gedichte für Paul Hoffmann: von Ilse Aichinger bis Zhang Zao Ed Hansgerd Delbrück Attempto Verlag, Tübingen, DM39.90, ISBN 3 89308 261 1 In a review of this book for the Swiss Neue Zurcher Zeitung, Angelika Overath…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Steaming past, Murray King

Farewell to Steam — Four decades of change on New Zealand Railways G B Churchman and Tony Hurst HarperCollins, $49.95, ISBN 1 86950 187 X Steam, Steel, and Splendour Dave Leitch HarperCollins, $49.95, ISBN 1 86950 141 1 Journeying with…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Mucking around in the swamp, Ralph Lattimore

International Trade and Competition Policy: CER, APEC and the WTO  Kerrin Vautier and Peter Lloyd Institute of Policy Studies, $30.00, ISBN 0 908935 18 8 For those who find it difficult to keep hold of the threads in discussions of…
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For a laugh, try satire, Neville Bennett

Kiwi Jokers: The Rise and Rise of New Zealand Comedy Matt Elliott HarperCollins, $29.95, ISBN 1 86950 248 5 The Penguin Book of New Zealand Jokes John Barnett & Lesley Kaiser in assn with Brian Schaab Penguin, $19.95, ISBN 0…
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In the inscrutable shadows, Lauris Edmond

Both Roads Taken John Allison Sudden Valley Press, $14.95, ISBN 0 473 04340 8 Pools over Stone  Helen Jacobs Sudden Valley Press, $14.95, ISBN 0 473 03996 6 Always Arriving David Gregory Sudden Valley Press, $14.95, ISBN 0 473 03994…
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