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Assessing the New Zealand experiment, Allan Catt

Rescuing the New Zealand Economy: What Went Wrong and How We Can Fix it Bryan Gould Craig Potton Publishing, $29.99,  ISBN 9781877333798 Rescuing the New Zealand Economy describes, in a very readable way, the why and how of the New…
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Tale of intrigue, Greg Newbold

Rough Justice: The Rex Haig Story  Rex Haig and Rennie Gould Longacre Press, $34.99, ISBN 9781877460029 Rough Justice describes one of the most bizarre and perplexing murder cases ever to appear before a New Zealand court. The tale begins on…
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Posted in Memoir, Non-fiction, Review

Words for music perhaps, Emma Neale

Museum of Lost Days Raewyn Alexander Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, $15.00,  ISBN 9781869421045 My Iron Spine Helen Rickerby HeadworX, $24.99, ISBN 9780473135966 Beauty of the Badlands Cliff Fell Victoria University Press, $25.00,  ISBN 9780864735836 Get Some Sonja Yelich Auckland…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Where the boys are, Anna Rogers

Native Wit Hamish Keith Random House, $44.99, ISBN 9781869418434 Daddy was a German Spy and Other Scandals: A Memoir Brian Edwards Penguin Books, $40.00, ISBN 9780143009221 Piano Rock: A 1950s Childhood Gavin Bishop Random House, $34.99, ISBN 9781869790103 Google “memoirs…
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Hotting up, Karen Hartshorn

Melting Point: New Zealand and the Climate Change Crisis  Eric Dorfman Penguin Books, $37.00, ISBN 9780143008682 There are several worthwhile reasons for a book such as this to exist. Firstly, there is no longer any serious scientific debate about whether…
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Posted in Natural History, Non-fiction, Review

Finding touch, Chris Laidlaw

Tall Tales (Some True): Memoirs of an Unlikely Writer Greg McGee Penguin Books, $37.00, ISBN 9780143009139 McGee describes himself as an unlikely writer. This rather begs the question: what makes for a likely writer? Someone who has been brought up…
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Posted in Media, Non-fiction, Review

Framing ourselves, Sean Redmond

A Coming of Age: Thirty Years of New Zealand Film Duncan Petrie and Duncan Stuart Random House, $44.99, ISBN 9781869790196 Images of Dignity: Barry Barclay and Fourth Cinema Stuart Murray Huia, $50.00, ISBN 9781869693282 The two books under review provide…
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Posted in Media, Non-fiction, Review

Stabs of recognition, Joanne Drayton

Getting There: An Autobiography Barbara Anderson Victoria University Press, $50.00,  ISBN 9780864735904 Each weekday morning Barbara Anderson sets off for the office. Her routine is ritualised.  She buys lunch, drinks a cup of coffee while she casts an eye over…
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Poem — Anne French

On the way  for Geoff Park   On the way to Mein Street, everyone  seems unnaturally well and strong.   That elegant girl, swinging her bag as she crosses the road in front of me;   that lean school-boy, slouching by the…
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A less than perky light, Stevan Eldred-Grigg

Gith Chris Else Random House, $27.99, ISBN 9781869790134 Show of Hands Anthony McCarten Random House, $29.99, ISBN 9781869419950 Swimmer’s Rope  Stephanie Johnson Random House, $29.99, ISBN 9781869790257 At the first look there’s not much to tie these three novels together.…
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