The good stuff on a great man

July 28, 2016
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The good stuff on a great man

Olivier, by Philip Ziegler (Maclehose Press, RRP $40) My impression of Sir Laurence Olivier is a sort of vague one of him playing Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, or declaiming Shakespeare effortlessly. Either that or I associate him with Vivien Leigh, to whom he was married for several years. Beyond that, I have a vague...

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Best choice for hunter gatherers

June 15, 2016
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Best choice for hunter gatherers

Fly Patterns By Fishing Guides, by Tony Lolli (New Burlington, RRP $30) As Southland’s army of fly fishermen prepare to match their wits against the wily brown and rainbow species of our world-famous waters, their insatiable appetite for more knowledge that might deceive trout will...

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Murder mystery unravels in letters

April 17, 2016
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Murder mystery unravels in letters

Letters to my Daughter’s Killer, by Cath Staincliffe (Murdoch Books, RRP $37): When Ruth Sutton receives a text from her daughter Lizzie asking her to babysit the following weekend, she takes a moment to reflect on the happiness she finds in being a grandmother, before...

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A bit saggy but still a good read

April 1, 2016
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A bit saggy but still a good read

Innocence, by Dean Koontz (HarperCollins, RRP $35): Addison Goodheart lives below the city, out of sight of people whose first impulse if they see his face is to try...

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Post tale a stylish debut

March 31, 2016
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Post tale a stylish debut

Wake By Anna Hope(Random House, RRP $37) This incredible debut novel from author Anna Hope weaves together the tales of three extraordinary women, Hettie, Evelyn and Ada. Hettie spends...

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True story is gripping reading

March 30, 2016
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True story is gripping reading

Hanns and Rudolf, by Thomas Harding (Random House, RRP $38): Subtitled “the extraordinary true story of the Jewish investigator who pursued and captured one of Nazi Germany’s most notorious...

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