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No tame dusky maiden, Peter Calder

Makereti: Taking Maori to the World  Paul Diamond  Random House, $44.99, ISBN 9781869419004 In 1911, the year of George V’s coronation, a “Festival of Empire” was staged at London’s Crystal Palace exhibition centre. A forerunner of the great mid-century expos…
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Handbook for the global Christian, Nicholas Birns

The Lloyd Geering Reader: Prophet of Modernity  Paul Morris and Mike Grimshaw (eds) Victoria University Press, $39.99, ISBN 9780864735478  Lloyd Geering is the most famous New Zealand Christian thinker worldwide, though Christopher Marshall is gaining ground with his recent work…
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Differently wired, Harvey Molloy and Latika Vasil

A Perfect World: A Father’s Quest to Unriddle the Mysteries of Autism David Cohen Random House, $34.95, ISBN 9781869418151 As New Zealanders, we like to pride ourselves that we live in a caring egalitarian society with decent, though imperfect, health…
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Digging deep, Ann Beaglehole

Castles of Gold: A History of New Zealand’s West Coast Irish Lyndon Fraser Otago University Press, $39.95,  ISBN 9781877372445 Mine Alone: The Story of an Immigrant Mining Engineer from Staffordshire R D Mercer Butterfly Creek Press, $39.95,  ISBN 9780473120115 Stories…
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The rain on her face, John B Turner

Monsoon Brian Brake David Bateman, $59.99, ISBN 13978186953608 For those familiar with Brian Brake’s “Monsoon” essay from Life and other magazines in the early 1960s, or those who more recently enjoyed the large-print exhibition at the Museum of New Zealand…
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History in danger, Malcolm McKinnon

The Discovery of Islands: Essays in British History J G A Pocock Cambridge University Press, $60.00 approx,  ISBN 139780521850957 J G A Pocock’s The Discovery of Islands: Essays in British History is a rich and scholarly exploration of a subject…
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Telling responses, Hamish Clayton

Look This Way: New Zealand Writers on New Zealand Artists Sally Blundell (ed) Auckland University Press, $44.99,  ISBN 9781869403713 Art and letters have always had a close working relationship in New Zealand. Our cultural landscape is pock-marked with painter-poets, jacks-of-all-trades…
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Why we are here, Bernard Carpinter

Looking for Darwin Lloyd Spencer Davis Longacre Press, $39.99, ISBN 0781877361227 Science has somehow acquired an almost inhuman reputation. Scientists are regarded as dry, dusty specimens, cut off from society and probably working on projects that will cause more harm…
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Striving for consensus, Gordon McLauchlan

Kiwi Keith: A Biography of Keith Holyoake  Barry Gustafson  Auckland University Press, $60.00,  ISBN 9781869404000 I first met Keith Holyoake in 1943 in Pahiatua where my father was editor of the North Wairarapa Herald. In those days, even small country…
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Framing herself, Kim Worthington

Towards Another Summer Janet Frame Vintage, $30.00, ISBN 1869418689 In the months leading up to last year’s posthumous release of Towards Another Summer, a novel written almost 45 years earlier, we learned only that Janet Frame deemed it “too embarrassingly…
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