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The long and the short of it, Jock Phillips

A Peculiar Gentleman: George Rusden – A Life  John O’Leary Australian Scholarly, $50.00, ISBN 9781925333404 The World, the Flesh and the Devil: The Life and Opinions of Samuel Marsden in England and the Antipodes, 1765-1838 Andrew Sharp Auckland University Press,…
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A most “vigorous afterlife”, Roger Blackley

Gottfried Lindauer’s New Zealand: The  Māori Portraits Ngahiraka Mason and Zara Stanhope (eds) Auckland University Press and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, $75.00, ISBN 9781869408565 This extremely elegant book, with its unusual, tall-and-thin “hyper-portrait” format, brings the artist Gottfried…
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The unnerving detritus of what was, Jane Westaway

The Shops Steve Braunias and Peter Black (photographer) Luncheon Sausage Books, $40.00, ISBN 9780908689941 Once upon a time, I met people who owned a shop. I was young and impressionable and, on my first visit, was dazzled by a window…
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A continuum of community, Chris Bourke

New Zealand Jazz Life Norman Meehan (Tony Whincup photographer) Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN  9781776560929 In the 1984 “mockumentary” This is Spinal Tap, the fictional rock band was positive about its declining fan base. “We are more selective about our…
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Protect, promote, and attract an audience, Wayne Hope

Māori Television: The First Ten Years Jo Smith Auckland University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781869408572 The birth of the Māori Television Service in March 2004 coincided with nationwide protests against the Labour government’s plan to entrench, legislatively, Crown ownership of the…
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Fake news, bad news, old news, Gyles Beckford

Don’t Dream It’s Over:  Reimagining Journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand Emma Johnson, Giovanni Tiso, Sarah Illingworth and Barnaby Bennett (eds) Freerange Press, $40.00, ISBN 9780473364946 I’m a dead man working. My family tells me, my colleagues and competitors tell me,…
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Poem – C K Stead

The year was 69 (for Sam Sampson) Reading your poem and re-reading my reading I remembered the bar Colin painted for Maurice in the studio among trees below the house above the inlet at Arapito Road with a text that…
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Making friends with Mansfield, Ashlee Nelson

Mansfield and Me: A Graphic Memoir Sarah Laing Victoria University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9781776560691 The graphic form is in some ways a more complex undertaking than straightforward prose, for a graphic text must concern itself not only with the words…
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The scars remain; the story must be told,  Helena Wiśniewska Brow

Budapest Girl: An Immigrant Confronts the Past Panni Palásti Matai River Press, $35.00, ISBN 9780473343712 “Who wants to talk about the past anymore? And who wants to hear?” It’s a challenge to the author from a former Budapest schoolmate, one…
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Beginning with myths

The novelist Hamish Clayton rereads Lloyd Jones’s The Book of Fame I first read Lloyd Jones’s The Book of Fame soon after it had won the Deutz Medal for fiction, at the then-Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2001. It…
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