NZ books

Three-word story ideas unexpectedly complete

August 10, 2017
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Three-word story ideas unexpectedly complete

Three Words: An Anthology of Aotearoa/NZ Women’s Comics, edited by Rae Joyce, Sarah Laing & Indira Neville (Beatnik Publishing, RRP $49.99) If you happen to read the mainstream newspapers and magazines in this country (in fact, in most countries) you could be forgiven for thinking there were no women comic writers. Even at first glance...

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Timely revisit to NZ’s story of refuge

May 20, 2017
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Timely revisit to NZ’s story of refuge

Refuge New Zealand: A Nation’s Response to Refugees and Asylum Seekers, by Ann Beaglehole (Otago University Press, RRP $45): The topic of this book may seem a little dry but is actually interesting reading. Ann Beaglehole is a refugee immigrant herself (Hungary 1956), and here examines our country’s response to refugees and asylum seekers...

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Simple steps to Indian cooking

May 19, 2017
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Simple steps to Indian cooking

Little India at Home, by Little India (Penguin NZ, RRP $40): I had no idea that Little India was first opened in Dunedin nearly around a quarter of a century ago. Now the chain has outlets throughout the country and has become a favourite among lovers of Indian cuisine, from Invercargill to Auckland. Based on...

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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 prosper from reading this exceptional literary morsel. Southlander Murray Orr...

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Remembering the memorials

May 20, 2016
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Remembering the memorials

To the Memory: New Zealand’s War Memorials, by Jock Phillips (Potton and Burton, RRP $60): Leading New Zealand historian Jock Phillips spend three decades researching his latest book, To the Memory, an affectionate and respectful catalogue of the war memorials around New Zealand. Published in mid-April, in time to take advantage of the patriotism...

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Guide to paradise isle

February 8, 2016
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Guide to paradise isle

Ulva Island: A Visitor’s Guide, by Ulva Goodwillie (Craig Print, RRP $39): There’s no doubt we live in a beautiful part of the world, but even a born-and-bred Southlander like me can be taken aback at times by just how beautiful it is. Drive for 20 minutes or so in any direction and you’ll...

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Poetic insight to the world of autism

January 20, 2016
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Poetic insight to the world of autism

Cloudboy, by Siobhan Harvey (Otago University Press, RRP $25): Essential New Zealand Poems: Facing the Empty Page, selected by Siobhan Harvey, Harry Ricketts and James Norcliffe (Godwit, RRP $45): Siobhan Harvey is an internationally recognised poet who has been critically acclaimed through receiving or being shortlisted for many awards. She won the Kathleen Grattan Poetry Award...

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Flying history recounted

December 8, 2015
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Flying history recounted

A Passion for Flight: New Zealand aviation Before the Great War Volume Two, by Errol Martyn (Volplane Press, RRP $55): Meticulous Errol Martyn continues the rich history of innovation, imagination and daring of early New Zealand aviation. This slice titled Passion for Flight: New Zealand aviation Before the Great War Volume Two: New Zealand Aviation...

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Martyn a true flight history scholar

October 21, 2015
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Martyn a true flight history scholar

A Passion for Flight: New Zealand aviation before the Great War Volume Three, by Errol Martyn (Volplane Press, RRP $55): No sooner had volume two of this detailed history of early New Zealand history hit the decks after being published in July, 2013, but volume three (A Passion for Flight: New Zealand aviation before...

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Short and to the point

October 13, 2015
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Short and to the point

BWB Texts, by Kirsty Gunn, Maurice Gee, Paul Callaghan and Max Rashbrooke (Bridget Williams Books, RRP $15 paperback, $5 ebook): The critically acclaimed “short books on big subjects” have moved from the digital world to print. BWB Texts were launched in March last year and although the series was initially released in digital format,...

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