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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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Painful breakups all round after infidelities

May 22, 2016
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Painful breakups all round after infidelities

Out of the Rough, by Steve Williams (Penguin, RRP $40): Steve Williams has something of an unusual claim to fame, being famous both here in New Zealand and abroad for being the man behind the champ. Sort of the power behind the throne. He’s one of New Zealand’s most well-known, and most well-paid, sportsmen....

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Laver a tennis great

January 12, 2016
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Laver a tennis great

Rod Laver: A Memoir, by Larry Writer with Rod Laver (Pan Macmillan Australia): Who would dare question tennis icon Roger Federer’s assessment of the greatest players of the sport in his time? Federer’s plumping for Laver as “the greatest champion our sport has known” will be widely accepted wherever the game is played. Federer, after...

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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 (Craig Print, 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 was published last year. The 1970...

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Wealth of information on the great outdoors

August 9, 2015
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Wealth of information on the great outdoors

The Beginners Guide To Hunting and Fishing in New Zealand, by Paul Adamson (Random House NZ, RRP $35): Southland’s all-aged army of hunters and fishermen will prosper from a wealth of useful information in this commendable textbook on recreational pursuits in the great outdoors. A former Wairarapa school principal, author Paul Adamson has gone...

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Understanding our national game

July 28, 2015
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Understanding our national game

The Beginner’s Guide to Rugby, by Aaron Cruden (Random House, RRP $35): There was a popular ad campaign a year or three back that proudly proclaimed you’d never be a Kiwi until you loved a particular brand of sauce, but I reckon a love of rugby is probably of greater importance. It’s our national...

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Uncovering the Armstrong ‘miracle’

December 7, 2014
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Uncovering the Armstrong ‘miracle’

Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong, by Juliet Macur (HarperCollins, RRP $32): No figure in world sport has fallen as far, or as hard, as Lance Edward Armstrong. Tiger Woods might have lost much of the esteem the world held him in following revelations of his truly epic sexual adventures, but Armstrong...

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Great to see sporting diversity

August 17, 2014
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Great to see sporting diversity

New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame: 25 Kiwi Champions, by Maria Gill; illustrated by Marco Ivancic: Following on from the author’s earlier New Zealand Hall of Fame book, this does something that very few other “best Kiwi sporty types” books fail to do: it covers a variety of sports. I’m a proud Kiwi, so...

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McLaren proved Kiwis can fly

December 30, 2011
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McLaren proved Kiwis can fly

The Bruce McLaren Scrapbook, by Jan McLaren & Richard Becht (HarperCollins, RRP $60): In the world of motorsport, Bruce McLaren did it all: he was a driver, creator, designer, engineer, constructor and even a team owner. On top of all that, when he took top honours in the 1959 United States Grand Prix he...

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