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 to commit violence. Addison reads, and lives quietly, and goes up into the city at...

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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 her nights at Hammersmith Palais, dancing for a nickel with gentlemen, Evelyn works at the...

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