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Back on the rock, Janet Hughes

The Ski Flier Maria MacMillan Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781776561131 Vanishing Points Michele Leggott Auckland University Press, $28.00, ISBN 9781869408749 Tightrope Selina Tusitala Marsh Auckland University Press, $28.00, ISBN 9781869408725 Poetry seems to have reclaimed what someone called “the…
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Creatively wicked, Roger Robinson

Quarrels with Himself: Essays on James K Baxter as Prose Writer Peter Whiteford and Geoffrey Miles (eds) Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781776561711 As a landmark of New Zealand literary scholarship, James K. Baxter: Complete Prose, edited by John Weir,…
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Revenge, arguments and silliness, Bernard Carpinter

Marlborough Man Alan Carter Fremantle Press, $38.00, ISBN 978125164534 Presumed Guilty Mark McGinn Merlot Publishing, $33.00, ISBN 9781513618609 The Empty Coffin Gary Moore Mary Egan Publishing, $30.00, ISBN 9780473388959 Fans of New Zealand crime fiction can add one more name…
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Runs in the memory, Harry Ricketts

Dawn of the Golden Weather: When Kiwi Cricketers Conquered the World John Mehaffey Steele Roberts, $35.00, ISBN 9780947493653 Cricket addicts, like most sports addicts, tend to look back to a golden age. This often coincides with their own first intense…
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Back in the day, Gavin McLean

Moo and Moo and the Little Calf too Jane Millton (Deborah Hinde illus) Allen and Unwin, $20.00, ISBN 978877505928 Allis the Little Tractor Sophie Siers (Helen Kerridge illus) Millwood-Heritage Productions, $20.00, ISBN 9780473329594 The Viaduct Postcard Susan Price (Judith Trevelyan…
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The costs of war, Jock Phillips

Gallipoli to the Somme: Recollections of a New Zealand Infantryman Alexander Aitken (Alex Calder ed) Auckland University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781869408817 Odyssey of the Unknown Anzac David Hastings Auckland University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9781869408824 As we come towards the end…
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Historical revisionism, Kirstie Ross

Phoney Wars: New Zealand Society in the Second World War Stevan Eldred-Grigg with Hugh Eldred-Grigg Otago University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9780947522230 The first Anzac Day during WWII shows us some of the multifarious, sometimes conflicting views of the war and…
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Poem – Tom Weston

An art historian explains 
how time began What seemed to be her effortless best. Speaking was her art, the silk purse she grafted from the sow’s ear of discontent, what she found congenial. It’s all about me, she knew, artist…
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Poem – Nicola Slee

Return There is an ocean I am always returning to travelling halfway round the world to come home to its long bay I walk along the edges of surf searching for greenstone and pāua shell feel the grit under my…
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Fighting a good fight, Tatjana Schaefer

Flight Path David Hill Puffin, $20.00, ISBN 9780143770527 The Traitor and the Thief Gareth Ward Walker Books, $20.00, ISBN 9781925381504 Helper and Helper Joy Cowley (Gavin Bishop illus) Gecko Press, $23.00, ISBN 9781776571055 In this, the last year of the…
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