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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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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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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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Celebrating Starship’s first 21 years

October 7, 2015
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Celebrating Starship’s first 21 years

Starship: Inside Our National Children’s Hospital, edited by Lochie Teague (Random House, RRP $50) For a generation of young Kiwis, Starship hospital has always been there: the place the the very young and very sick can rely on to provide care for both its patients and their families. However, some of us who are...

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Fighter throws gloves in for disabled

October 1, 2015
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Fighter throws gloves in for disabled

Born to be a Fighter, by Denny Enright (printed By Craig Print and Design Invercargill, RRP $20) Denny Enright has done his Southland family proud and is rendering disabled babies, children and adults from his home province generous assistance with the publication of his first book that was 25 years in the making when it...

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Exploring NZ at ground level

September 25, 2015
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Exploring NZ at ground level

Wild About New Zealand: A Guide to our National Parks, by Gus Roxburgh with Matt Philip and Peter Hayden; photographs by Jason Hosking (Random House NZ, RRP $55): This comprehensive guide is based on the Natural History New Zealand-produced TV series of the same name, that was made to celebrate the 125th anniversary of...

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Great read captures Kiwi experience

September 22, 2015
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Great read captures Kiwi experience

Flying Kiwis: A History of the OE, by Jude Wilson (Otago University Press, RRP $45): Going on the big OE is something of a rite of passage for many young Kiwis, so it should come as no surprise that there is now a book looking at the history of this trend. This is the...

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Whimsical work a little gem

September 15, 2015
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Whimsical work a little gem

Edwin’s Egg and Other Poetic Novellas, by Cilla McQueen (Otago University Press, RRP $40): Former New Zealand Poet Laureate Cilla McQueen has produced a cute little collection of poetic novellas that will appeal to her existing fans and also provide a great introduction to her work for new fans. Originally one of the works McQueen...

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